Priscilla Lane

Priscilla Lane

Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Death 4 Apr 1995 (aged 79)
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Grave 1288, Grid EE-22
Memorial ID 6561 · View Source
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Actress. Singer. Born Priscilla Mullican the youngest of four sisters in Indianola, Iowa. She attended the Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York before joining her sisters in a singing act with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. The sisters toured with the band for five years. She then signed a contract with Warner Brothers in 1937 and made her first film, ‘Varsity Show' that same year. She teamed with her sisters, Rosemary Lane and Lola Lane, to make the hit ‘Four Daughters' in 1938. In 1939, while under consideration for the role of Melanie Wilkes in ‘Gone With the Wind,' she co-starred in ‘The Roaring Twenties' with James Cagney. She was suspended several times by Jack Warner for refusing to take roles she regarded as poor. She was finally cast in Alfred Hitchcock's ‘Saboteur' in 1942 and, in perhaps her most recognizable role in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace' opposite Cary Grant in 1944. She appeared in only two more films, ‘Fun on a Weekend' in 1947 and ‘Bodyguard' in 1948 before retiring from film work. Following her retirement, she accompanied her husband, Colonel Joseph A. Howard, USAF, around from the world from base to base, often singing at camp shows. The couple eventually settled in New England and had four children. Priscilla made a brief comeback in 1958 as host of ‘The Priscilla Lane Show' on Boston television. She died from in Andover, Massachusetts at the age of 79. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband.

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