Adele Lacy

A Midwestern girl came to Hollywood armed only with a nice face, good body and some dancing skills, and actually got a chance to play leads in low-budget movies. This could go both ways – either it’s a springboard to something better or it’s a peak of an otherwise abysmal career. Unfortunately, Adele Lacy suffered the former fate, and after an initial short blast spent the rest of her career in the chorus.

EARLY LIFE

Adeline Charlotte Fergestad was born on September 8, 1911, to Morris Fergestad and Mina Johnson, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her paternal grandparents were born in Norway, and Mina’s family were also of Norwegian stock, making Adeline of the Minnesota Scandinavians. Her older brother Marvin was born in 1910. Morris Fergestad was a postal clerk at the local post office.

The family lived in Colfax Avenue, Minneapolis with two lodgers. Adeline was a vivacious red-haired child who had a knack for dancing and performing – she often played leads in local shows. She studied under Ruby Helen McClune of the Junior School of Expression. Beautiful and talented, she was appearing in several Kiddie Revues at the State theater, subsequently taking minor roles at the Schubert theater. When McClune went to Los Angeles to learn more dancing techniques, Adeline accompanied her. She loved the city, and vowed to return one day. But it was back in Minneapolis for now. Adeline’s first claim to fame was appearing in a Gus Edwards revenue in 1926 – she was chosen among hundreds of other Minneapolis dancers.

As for academia, Adeline attended Jefferson Junior high school and West school. In 1928, before Adeline graduated from West high school, she packed her bags and left for Hollywood, hoping to break into movies after getting some slack by appearing in Gus Edwards show.

In Tinsel town Adele attended Hollywood high school, from which she graduated that same year. She did dancing work and some minor uncredited work in movies (could not find any information about what movies). In 1933 her luck changed when she got picked From 1,000 actresses to be a leading lady for a series of western pictures starring Lane Chandler. And thus her career started

CAREER

Adele’s first known role, and one of the few where she was credited, was Vanishing Men, a lost low-budget western. Adele had the dubious honor of playing leading roles in two more low budget westerns The Wyoming Whirlwind and When a Man Rides Alone. While none of these movies have any impact on the world of film, viewers actually seem to like When a Man Rides Alone and it got strong kudos! You could say I was surprised – I never expect anybody to watch these old cheapies. Obviously, people still like Tom Tyler and watch his movies, but the question was, did Adele benefited from acting opposite such a western icon?

Short answer, no. Like most B western heroines, Adele’s career went nowhere fast. While she started pretty good – leading roles after all, it was dissolved from then on, and she remained a chorus staple in some good movies, but she was still just one of the chorus girls, rarely noticed.

She was a Goldwyn girl in The Kid from Spain, the ultimate Goldwyn girls classic. She was also in the legendary 42nd Street, and this is for sure the highlight of her career. It seems that being a Busby Berekely chorus girl was a career path many girls took when they arrive in Tinsel town. Too bad only a small fraction outgrew this fun and quite limited function.

Adele appeared in Busby’s movies with an almost alarming frequency: Gold Diggers of 1933Footlight ParadeRedheads on Parade. They are all the typical Berkeley musical – slim plot but lavish dance numbers and a whole loads of scantily clad girls to go over.

And sadly, that was it from Adele

PRIVATE LIFE  

Adele had natural red hair, hazel eyes, was 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 114 pounds in her prime.

Adele married her first husband, Madison S. Lacy, in 1929. Madison was born on August 2, 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked in Hollywood as a stills photographer from the late 1910s. He later became a successful cheesecake photographer and took photos of many famous pin-up girls and actresses. His best known work are the stills of Ingrid Bergman from 1944.

Madison undoubtably helped her wife carve her path in Hollywood, but other than that little is known of the marriage. They divorced about the time her career came to an end, cca 1935. Madison remarried to actress Lois Lindsay and died on April 26, 1978.

In 1935, Adele left her movie career to become a special correspondent in Shanghai, China for a U. S. news syndicate. She was there for roughly a year, and then moved to London, England, also as a correspondent. After a year spent in London, she returned to New York, went back to Minnesota for a short time, and decided to take the big plunge and get married again. My guess is that she met her future husband during her two years outside the US, but anything is possible.

Adele married Walter Abel Futter in December 1937. Futter was an interesting, larger than life character.

Futter was born on January 2, 1900, in Omaha, Nebraska. Walter and his brother Fred were known in the early 1930s as the “junk-men of filmdom” because of their successful stock footage library. The two started buying negatives of bankrupt firms and amateur cameramen in 1926, calling their firm “Wafilms.” By 1928 they made profits by buying “short ends” of movie reels and selling them at big prices. Futter also produced short movies for Columbia studios, specializing in travelogues – his biggest ace was Africa Speaks – where a Colorado expedition visited Africa. In a world before internet, where a majority of the population never left the continent, and where Africa was a half mythical country, these movies were a smashing success. He tried to repeat the formula several times after, but never managed to react the success of Africa speaks. He was also one of the first filmmaker to show a zombie on-screen.

Futter was married once before, in 1927, to Patricia Elizabeth Murphy, they divorced a few years later.

In 1938, the Futter moves to London, where he produced British movies. When the war started in Europe, they returned to the US, living in New York. The Futters moved to Market, New Yersey, in 1944.

Reports Wife Missing On Trip to Manbattan New Market Police announced last night that Mrs. Adele Futter, 34, of Poe PI., had been missing since noon Tuesday when she left in her car for New York City. According to Arthur H. Schlun-sen, police chief of Piscataway Township, Mrs. Futter was last seen in Manhattan Tuesday by her doctor whom she visited during the day. Five feet two inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, the missing woman is the wife of Walter A. Futter, producer of motion picture short subjects and travel films. The Futters moved to New Market approximately one month ago.

And here is it how it ended:

Mrs. Walter Futter, 34, of Coe place, former actress, who had been missing for nearly a week, has returned to her home, police revealed today. The woman, who had left home last Tuesday to visit a physician New York City and then mysteriously disappeared, stated last night she had been visiting in Moorestown, Pa., and did not realize her husband had been alarmed about her. Futter notified police late Sun day night he was satisfied where wife was and asked the tele type alarm be recalled. Mrs. Futter stated she had telephoned a woman friend she knew the Orient while in New York City and discovered there had been a death in; the family. She decided to visit the friend in Moorestown and had asked someone to telegraph her husband to that effect Evidently, she said, in the excitement of the invasion, the telegram had not been sent. Mrs. Futter immediately tele phoned her husband when she read in the paper she had bee missing and came home yesterday. Her husband is a producer of motion picture shorts and travel forms.

This look normal to you? I am on the edge, this kind of gaffes can happen all the time, but something I feel something fishy… Maybe Futter was just an overtly dramatic man?

I’m guessing that Futter wasn’t  a picnic to live with (larger than life people seldom are), but the information about the union is scarce so no concrete evidence for that. Aside from that, the Futter lived in a small farm and even started to grow animals. Here is an article:

“Little lawnmowers” is what Mrs. Walter Futter of Burnt Mills Farm, Burnt Mills, calls the flock of sheep and lambs which she and her husband have on their farm. They advertise ‘today, “Choice milk-fed Easter lambs.” Mrs. Futter said that when they decided to get a few lambs some time ago, they were going to buy three “just to keep the grass down.” Instead, they got a flock of 24 and discovered they had to be fenced in properly or they eould eat flowers and shrubs as well as grass. Now the flock has grown to 80 and the Futters sell Easter lambs. Mrs. Futter also told us that the sheep is called “the animal with the golden hoof because Its manure, pounded into the ground with little hoofs does not disturb the sod and prevents weeds from growing. This is the kind of sod sold for landscaping. Mr. and Mrs. Futter also have a riding horse, chickens and French miniature poodles,

In 1953, Adele learned she had cancer – after a traditional treatment in the US, she moved to Mexico City for alternative treatment. Unfortunately, it was too late for Adele.

Adele Lacy Futter died on July 3, 1953 in Mexico City, Mexico, survived by her husband and brother.

Adele’s widower, Walter, married painter Howard Hoyt s ex-wife Betty Bartley in November 1955.

Betty got pregnant a short time later, and the awaited their child in June 1956. Unfortunately, when the baby was born it lived only 8 hours. Their one year marriage perished with it, and they were divorced by late 1956. However, the soap opera hardly stops here! In early 1958, they were in court again:

Walter Futter, 58, who is being sued by his blonde showgirl wife, Betty Futter, 35, for separation and $’.00-a-week temporary alimony, made it known today that from now on he wants her to pick up her own tabs. In a paid newspaper advertisement, Futter said: “My wife Betty, having left my bed and board, I am not responsible for her debts.” Futter was served with a complaint in Betty’a action last Friday. In her papers, Betty charged he was “insanely jealous,” falsely accused her in public and private of infidelity, and frequently beat her up.

The drama came to a halt when Walter Futter died on March 12, 1958.

 

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Gloria Faythe

Gloria Faythe was a dancer who became a chorus girl who tried ot become an actress but failed. However, unlike many other girls in a similar position, she turned to behind the camera parts of movie making, carving a successful career as a stand-in and script girl before retiring for good to raise a family.

EARLY LIFE

Gloria Kathryn Cook was born  on September 16, 1914, in Los Angeles, California to Byers Logan Cook and Florence L. Mann Heck. Her mother was married to a Mr. Hech before she wed Gloria’s father. Gloria’s older half-brother (maternal) Randolph Heck was born in 1909, and her father was a railroad dispatcher by trade. Gloria also allegedly had a sister, but I couldn’t find any information about her.

Gloria grew up in Los Angeles (Hollywood to be more precise), and was involved in showbiz from her early years. She began dancing when she was barely four years old. Lina Basquette, stepdaughter of famous ballet master Ernest Belcher, gave her some early dancing lessons. Gloria wanted to break into movies, her mother obviously approved of her wish. At the age of five, Gloria made her debut as a golden curled Girl in Eddie Lyons and Lee Moran comedies at Universal. Her mother then returned her to school, but the limelight was never far from Gloria’s mind.

She started her career in earnest for so when she was 13. The casting director would never take her in, if they found out she was only 13, so she had to swear then she was 18 and her career thus started. Luckily, Gloria attended high school in parallel and graduated as normal.

CAREER

Gloria’s early credits are lost to history, alas, so we don’t know where and how she acted as a child. Her first adult credit comes in 1930, with The Vagabond King, the less known version of the Francois Villon story, with Jeannette Macdonald and Dennis King. It’s an early talkie era musical, nothing too special about it, yet, the costumes and the art direction are spot on. Dennis King as Villon was overshadowed by Ronald Colman playing the same role 8 years later, but the guy was a Broadway staple and it shows – he has the charisma to carry leading roles. Too bad he never made it in movies! Gloria than appeared in Just Imagine, an idiotic SF that I won’t waste any words describing again (so many chorus girls in it, and so many girls I profiled acted in it! Bu hu hu).

Gloria took a Hollywood hiatus, and appeared again in movies in 1933, with Gold Diggers of 1933, and here she got most newspaper coverage. She was the only gold digger to have been born in Hollywood, surprise, surprise! Gloria then appeared in two more minor musicals – It’s Great to Be Alive, which has a supremely stupid story, lackluster production values and mediocre cast (exceptions – Gloria Stuart), but overall a time waster, and Dames, more of the same old same old (so so music, no plot, plenty of pretty girls).

Two years later, Gloria was again a chorus girl in Stage Struck, a sub par Dick Powell/Joan Blondell musical. The best part is that Joan isn’t even the female lead, but the proper female lead, Jeanne Madden, is so forgettable that Joan takes the cake for sure. Overall, not recommended.

Gloria made her last movie appearance in Hotel Berlin in 1945, almost 10 years after Stage struck. It’s a low budget version of Grand hotel, just set during WW2. It is a movie tightly plotted, well-directed, the actors are good and the pacing is spot on. Overall, for a B-level effort, it’s more than decent.

And that was it from Gloria!

PRIVATE LIFE

Gloria was a natural blonde whose hair turned dark as she grew older. She has hazel eyes. She was five feet four and weighed 117 pounds during her salad days. Gloria was known around Hollywood as an Eleanor Powell lookalike (there is only minimal resemblance IMHO). Gloria also gave a beauty hint to the readers:

Keep a twinkle in your eyes and the world will have a twinkle in its eyes for you. Rest the eyes frequently during the day, if only for a moment at a time.

 

The mid 1930s were glorious years for Gloria. For four years, she was one of Busby Berkeley’s right hand dance gals and every thing was fine and dandy. However, one day everything changed. Gloria was a passionate equestrian and rode almost daily. She and her friends were involved in a horse race. Her horse was leading by good margin when Gloria turned to chide her rivals. The horse lost his balance and fell down an embankment, throwing Gloria clear. She result was a five-inch skull fracture and compound concussions. She was rushed to the hospital, treated by great specialists, and given no chance to regain consciousness much less to live. Long hours of strenuous exercise in dancing came to her rescue, however, and she was finally on the mend. Here is a short article about her accident:

Gloria Faythe. 19-year, old film actress, was in a serious condition today after falling from a horse. She was riding with another actress, Jean Madden, yesterday when her mount stumbled and threw her. She was unconscious for several hours. At the Hollywood hospital, it was reported she suffered possible internal injuries and concussion of the brain.

She was injured so badly she suffered from double vision for weeks, but she overcame that, too. She was out of the hospital in two weeks and a month later she was back at work. “You’ll never dance professionally again” the doctors said, “The concussions would react fatally if you did.” Quietly, after six months, she began practicing easy dance routines. At first the studio would not take the responsibility for letting her dance, but she defied the odds. Never the one to completely drop of her dancing ways, after some time Gloria started with the simpler routines and worked by easy stages to the more difficult ones.

One of the problems that Gloria now had was unemployment. Like hundreds of other girls that came to Hollywood, there was lack of work. There aren’t as many dancing pictures as there used to be, and she couldn’t’ dance as much as before. However, a shift in work, from a chorus girl to something else, led her to new professional lanes, and she became a  stand-in. Here is a short article about Gloria’s work as a stand in:

Studio commission has designated Gloria Faythe’s job is “standing in” for stars, but one day she had another role. This was while Miss Sheila Bromley rehearsed dialogue for a scene of “West of Shanghai” with Boris Karloff, and cameramen meanwhile focused on the stand-in and her mule. The mule began “acting up” a little, and Gloria quieted him. “Good Girl” approved Director John Farrow. “Your fall certainly didn’t make you afraid of four-footed beasts of burden, did it?” Which was the first time Sheila, new to the lot, had heard that her stand-in was the former chorus girl who had been so badly injured in a fall from a horse four mouths before. ‘She immediately insisted on doing her own ‘standing in,’ despite the fact that Gloria told her she’d been riding bridle-paths again every weekend and wasn’t at all afraid! Miss Faythe’s life had been given up by doctors at one time following her accident, in which she sustained a five-inch skull fracture. But she rallied, and today is as well as ever, except that she is not allowed to go back to her former profession of dancing for another year. She was a head chorus girls and teacher for new routines.

Gloria married her first husband, William Wilson Catherwood, in 1937, in Yuma, Arizona. They met after her horse riding accident.

Catherwood was born Oct. 30. 1910, in Covina to Matilda Meyer Catherwood and William Wilson Catherwood Sr. Mr. Catherwood was a graduate of Riverside College and USC Medical School with a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. Later he was a physician and had practiced in Riverside, Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs for many years. He was awarded Doctorate of Medicine from University of California He was a medical evangelist, making many trips to Mexico providing medical treatment and supplies. He was the vice president of the Latin American Missionary Challenge and involved in gospel programming via six radio stations in Central America.

The couple divorced in 1939, after a short marriage. Catherwood remarried, had at least two children (Susan and Christian), and died on December 18, 1996, in Los Angeles.

Gloria marched on. From a stand in, she became a successful script girl and was heavily involved in behind the scenes aspect of movie making. A short snippet into her professional life:

Glamour, a typical Hollywood commodity, apparently extends even to the lesser satellites of the film world, judging from the appearance of Gloria Fayth. Gloria is a script girl at Warner Brothers. She is constructed along symmetrical lines, has blue-green eyes, raven hair and a pert little nose. Many visitors on the lot mistake her for an oomph girl

And yet Gloria does not get the credit she deserves. When a scene is filmed, she takes care of many things. Among other things she itemized the dialogue that was being spoken, who opened the door of the automobile, who closed it. the progression in which the group entered the house and the manner in which the various costumes were being worn. She also noted the position of the car, the footprints in the gravel and the relative positions of the actors to one another. Former Dancer Gloria has been doing this sort of thing for two years now. Before that she was a professional screen, dancer and songstress and an assistant to Busby Berkeley. Hollywood’s mogul of the musical. She decided to quit the song-and-dance business for the work of a script girl since she found it more constructive and worthwhile. Her experience in films helped her get the job.

Another funny snippet, this time with Humphrey Bogart!

A Warner script girl, Gloria Fayth, is out authority. “Bogart always wears loud, multicolored socks,” Gloria said. “And they suddenly show during a serious scene, it sometimes throws members of the cast into a howl.” Gloria said she always has to ask Bogart to change socks before a real serious scene. “He changes, too, but reluctantly,” Gloria said

Unfortunately, Gloria drops from the newspaper radar in the 1950s, as she went into semi-retirement. She married for a second time, to Thomas H. Dudley, on July 21, 1956, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dudley was born in 1912 in Kentucky, lived for a time in Lafayette, Indiana, before moving to California. An aeronautical engineer by trade, Thomas was married once before to Frances F. Dudley in the 1930s and 1940s, but they were divorced by 1950.

Their daughter Sara G., nicknamed Gigi, was born on May 8, 1958. The family lived happily in Santa Clara, California, until Thomas’ premature death on July 12, 1968.

I have no idea what happened to Gloria, indeed if she is still alive today. As always, I hope she had a good life.

 

Audrene Brier

Audrene Brier was a dancer who failed to become a proper actress, and mostly appeared in chorus girl roles. What sets her apart from tons of other chorus girls that never broke into acting is the fact that, after her “acting” career was over, she became a choreographer of repute and effectively had a second life in Tinsel town!

EARLY LIFE

Audrene Ethel Brier was born on September 28, 1914, in Los Angeles, California, to Huber Benjamin Brier and Lillian Abraham. Her father was a carpenter, her mother a housewife. Her maternal grandparents were British. She had an older sister, Lucille, born in 1912.

She was a child actress at 3, a protegé and a discovery of Gus Edwards, and worked in bits all during her younger years, but unfortunately I could not find these credits. Audrene was also enamored of dancing from the star – she had studied ballet with Ernest Belcher (father of Marjorie Champion) for ten years and tap dancing with Nick Castle for almost the same length of time. I assume she also attended high school, but could find no information about it.

Audrene was also socially active in various pageants and parades all around Los Angles, even winning awards for her frocks several times (it seems Audrene was a clothes horse!). However, she didn’t make a “proper” movie until she signed with Warner Bros in 1933, and off she was!

CAREER

Audrene’s career can be divided into three very distinct chapters. The first one were her dancing days in the early 1930s. She entered movies in 1933, under contract to Warner Bros. Her first movie was Gold Diggers of 1933, the best of the Gold Diggers string of movies. Warren William plays the lead what can I say, I love William and find him one of the best Pre-code actors. The plot is good enough, music and dancing are superb – exactly what you would expect from a Busby Berkeley production. Unfortunately, the rest of her output didn’t soar as high. It’s Great to Be Alive is an idiotic musical cum SF (yep, you heard that right), Too Much Harmony  is a typical Bing Crosby musical of the early 1930s, nothing to shout about. Audrene made three more musicals for Warner Bros, and all three of them were mediocre fare at their bets, and totally forgettable at their worst (Stand Up and Cheer! , All the King’s Horses and Redheads on Parade). She was literary one of thousands girls that came pouring to Hollywood every year, get their small chunks of movie time in the chorus, and get forgotten in a year or two. However, Audrene decided to stick around and make something more out o her not-to-impressive career.

She sailed to the UK in the mid 1930s, and tried for  a career there. The pickings were slim, but they were there – Darby and Joan , a completely forgotten comedy, Wise GuysThe Reverse Be My Lot , both likewise forgotten, but Audrene was credited in all of the movies and actually appeared on-screen outside the chorus line. While not much, it still was something. The war looming in Europe, Audrene returned to the States, and settled into a dancing life.

She returned to movies in 1941, and this begins the third “chapter” of her movie career – back to the chorus or at least to lightweight comedy. The first movie was Down in San Diego, a solidly done wartime adventure/comedy with all the usual suspects – Nazi spies, military secrets, the navy and so on. Bonita Granville is in it – that’s a slight plus if nothing else. Audrene played a secretary in Born to Sing, a formulaic and not especially good ‘let’s put on a show’ film – it’s decidedly B class material and that’s that.Even more preposterous was Joan of Ozark, a Judy Canova idiotic wartime movie where she singlehandedly foils a German spy ring. As one reviewer wrote, it’s a “propaganda films of very dubious quality”. While Judy can be amusing at times, the story is most certainly not. Like many other starlets, Audrene was in Parachute Nurse, and ended her career in Call of the Canyon, a cheap but able musical western. And that was that!

PRIVATE LIFE

After leaving movies for the first time, Audrene worked as a professional dancer. She appeared in Chicago fairs and doubling at the Congress hotel with Billy Taft for a partner and to Eddie Duchin’s music. She also did some nightclub work in both New York and Chicago, before returning to Los Angeles. Why did she return, you may wonder? Simple – love.

She married Nathan Rosenberg on February 12, 1936, in Los Angeles. Nathan was born on 1904 to Maurice Rosenberg and Sarah Carr. His uncle was renown producer Carl Leamme. Known as Nat Ross, he worked in the film industry as a director under his uncle’s guidance. He was a veteran of over 60 directing gigs by the time he married Audrene, and a well-known staple in Hollywood. Yet, his career was effectively over by 1931, and he dreamed of other, better opportunities for his talents.

Buoyed by a union of two artists who wanted something better than just scraps, Ross and Audrene decided to go to England, where he went inot producing movies and she acted in several of his features. The movies proved to be When she came back to America, she decided that she had enough of being an actress, and she devoted herself solely to being a dancer, thus returning to the chorus once again. Unfortunately, she and Nat separated, and by 140s, she was living with friends in Los Angeles (she is listed as their guest). Then, something quite horrible happened. Nat Ross, Audrene’s husband, was killed in a shooting in February 1941. Here is a brief article about it:

Nat Kerns, 36, identified by Detective-Lieutenant C. A. Gillan as a former movie producer and director, was shot and killed last night in a doorway of a rag factory of which he was foreman. Maurice L. Briggs, 25, a recent employee of the plant, was arrested a few blocks away. He was booked at city jail on suspicion of murder. Among 25 women witnesses to the shooting was Briggs’ wife Betty, 21, an employee of the factory. They were married five months ago. Gillan said Ross, also a part owner of the plant, formerly managed a New York city theater, then became a film salesman, joining the old Universal studio in 1920. He was an assistant to the late Irving Thalberg, produced “The Leather rushers” and “The Collegians” and for years was a director in Hollywood and a producer in London. Ross was married four years ago to Audrene Brier, an actress. Gillan said witnesses told him Rosa discharged Brings a month ago, re-employed him, then discharged him again two weeks ago. Carl Lacmmle, Jr., son of tho late head of Universal Studio, and Robert Hartman of Hollywood, a cousin of Ross, conferred with Gillan at the police station following the shooting. Laemmle identifield himself as a close friend of the dead man.

Unfortunately, there is only a brief mention of Audrene in the article, and it doesn’t mention their marital state, but I guess they were still separated when the tragedy happened. But anyway, it was a terrible blow to Audrene. She recuperated by working in movies again, and slowly moving from the front of the camera to behind the camera – she became a dancing teacher, and in time, a choreographer. he racked up some impressive credits to her name – Jolson Sings Again and Million Dollar Mermaid , just to name the most famous. Here is a short peek at her choreographing days:

 Audrene Brier to Assist Cole – Audrene Brier has been set as choreographic assistant to dance director Jack Cole on Columbia’s Cinemascope Technicolor musical, “Three for the Show,” which stars Betty Grable, Marge and Gower Champion and Jack Lemmon. Jonie Taps produces and H. C. Potter directs. Miss Brier previously served Cole in the same capacity at Columbia, when he designed the dances for Rita Hayworth in “Gilda” and “Down to Earth.”

Audrene married, secondly, to prominent set decorator Norman Rockett, a 06 Oct 1946 in Los Angeles, California. Rockett was born Norman Walter Harrison on August 8, 1911, the son of a laundry route salesman and a lingerie saleswoman who lived in Long Beach. After his parents divorced and his mother remarried, he took the name of his stepfather, Al Rockett, an executive with First National Studios in Burbank. He was drafted into the army during WW2 and served int he Pacific Theater – He had been assigned as a naval photographer’s mate to the Pennsylvania, only to arrive for duty a month after the ship was damaged in the Pearl Harbor bombing of Dec. 7, 1941.Later he used this experience when making sets for his most famous movie, Tora tora tora!

The couple lived quietly in Sherman Oaks (Audrene did mostly choreographing jobs by now, with no acting in sight), and raised a daughter, Susan, born on March 31, 1948. It was a harmonious and happy family life.

Norman Rockett died on April 5, 1996. Audrene Rockett died on January 13, 2002 in Los Angeles.