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Lola Albright Dead At 92

| by Simone Stover

Actress Lola Albright -- best known for starring in the TV show "Peter Gun" -- has passed away at the age of 92.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal -- the newspaper that was the first to report on the actress's death -- Albright passed away in Toluca Lake, California on the morning of March 23.  

"She went very peacefully," friend Eric Anderson said. "She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much."

Among her survivors is her stepdaughter, Susan Chaney, reports Variety. 

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Albright was born on July 20, 1924, in Akron, Ohio, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. She got her start in the entertainment industry as a receptionist at WAKR radio in her hometown. She later moved to Chicago where she worked as a photographer's model. Her career -- which includes 96 acting credits, according to her IMDb page -- began after she was discovered by a talent scout.

Albright's first on-screen appearance was in an uncredited role in the 1947 film "The Unfinished Dance," according to IMDb. Her first credited role was her 1948 performance as the character of Palmer in the film "Champion," which also starred Kirk Douglas. 

Albright would go on to act in several more films -- many of which starred other famous names of the time -- throughout the next three decades. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, she appeared alongside Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds in "The Tender Trap" (1955), Elvis Presley in "Kid Galahad" (1962), and Jane Fonda in "Les Felins" (1964).

Although Albright had a successful film career, she was also a successful TV actress. Throughout the span of her career, she appeared as a guest actress in several notable TV shows, according to IMDb.

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Such credits included "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1962), The Beverley Hillbillies (1963), "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1964), "Bonanza" (1965 and 1967), "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" (1967), and "The Incredible Hulk" (1981). Her last acting credit was on "Airwolf" in 1983.

Probably Albright's most famous role was that of Edie Hart in "Peter Gunn." The series premiered in 1958 and ran for three seasons before ending in 1961. Throughout this three-year span, Albright was featured in a total of 84 episodes. According to Variety, she was nominated for an Emmy in 1959 for her work on the show. 

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Alrbight was married three times and had seven stepchildren, but never had any children of her own.

In light of her death, the actress's friends have looked back on her with fondness. ​

"What was Lola like?" said actress and friend Sahar Bibiyan, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. "Feisty, very giving, generous. Full of stories. Very private. Very humble. She was one of the funniest people I ever met."

Sources: Variety, Akron Beacon Journal, IMDb (2, 3) / Photo credit: United Artists/The Hollywood Reporter

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