De Mille, Katherine (1911–1995)

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De Mille, Katherine (1911–1995)

American actress. Name variations: Katherine De Mille Quinn. Born Katherine Lester in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on June 29, 1911; died of Alzheimer's disease on April 27, 1995, in Tucson, Arizona; orphaned as a child; at age nine, adopted by Cecil B. De Mille (1881–1959, the movie director) and Constance (Adams) De Mille (an erstwhile actress); attended the exclusive Hollywood School for Girls; sister of Cecilia De Mille ; became first wife of Anthony Quinn (the actor), in 1936 (divorced 1963); children: five.


Madam Satan (1930); Viva Villa! (1934); The Trumpet Blows (1934); Belle of the Nineties (1934); All the King's Horses (1935); Call of the Wild (1935); The Crusades (1935); Drift Fence (1936); The Sky Parade (1936); Ramona (1936); Banjo on My Knee (1936); Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937); Love Under Fire (1937); Under Suspicion (1937); Blockade (1938); In Old Caliente (1939); Isle of Destiny (1940); Dark Streets of Cairo (1940); Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940); Aloma of the South Seas (1941); Black Gold (1947); The Unconquered (1947); (bit) The Man from Del Rio (1956).

Katherine De Mille, the adopted daughter of the actress Constance De Mille and movie director Cecil B. De Mille, appeared in many movies of the 1930s and 1940s, including Jack London's Call of the Wild (1935) and Helen Hunt Jackson 's Ramona (1936). De Mille married actor Anthony Quinn in 1936; the couple had five children before divorcing in 1963. De Mille retired from acting in 1950.

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