|Welcome to the section on the fabulous B western heroines, many of whom also did yeoman duties in cliffhangers. Will add more as time permits.|
I also ask any of the website visitors that have more info on these great ladies to send me an e-mail, and I'll be glad to include that in the mini-biographies. Comments or questions --- click HERE to send an e-mail to Chuck Anderson, the Old Corral Webmaster.
Be aware that several of our heroines/leading ladies had multiple names during their careers - examples include Rita Cansino who became Rita Hayworth and Lynn/Lynne Roberts who in her early westerns was billed as Mary Hart. And there was Sheila Mannors who was also Sheila Bromley, Sheila LeGay and Sheila Manners.
|Below - photos of some of the leading ladies||The Heroines (in alphabetical order by last name). Click Below:
Joan Barclay/Geraine Greear
WAMPAS Baby Stars ... the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers created the 'WAMPAS Baby Stars', and the annual award began in the 1920s and continued into the mid 1930s. Some of the winners included familiar B western heroines such as Carmelita Geraghty, Virginia Brown Faire, Dorothy Revier, Joyce Compton, more. Hans J. Wollstein provides info on the WAMPAS, including a list of the winners.
Some Additional "Links On The Ladies"
Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website has a bunch of interviews with our western and serial leading ladies. When you get to Boyd's website, look for "An Interview With ..." in the leftside menu: http://www.westernclippings.com/
Hans Wollstein has a "Meanwhile ... Back At The Ranch" blog about westerns and serials ... and there's a lot of info and photos on leading ladies: http://hjwollstein.blogspot.com/
Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" serial website has a section on the leading ladies of serials: http://filesofjerryblake.com/serial-heroines/
Jerry Murbach's Doctor Macro website has many large, high quality photo scans of actresses (and actors): http://www.doctormacro.com
The official website for singer/yodeler Carolina Cotton is at: http://www.carolinacotton.org/
Myrna Dell has a website at: http://myrna_dell.tripod.com/
There's a website for Helen Mack, who did a couple of B-westerns, but is more remembered for her role in SON OF KONG: http://helenmack.us/
Stephen Potter's website on 'Universal's Leading Ladies of the Golden Age of Horror' has a lot of info and photos on Anne Gwynne, Nell O'Day, Evelyn Ankers, Jane 'Poni' Adams, Elena Verdugo, Beverly Garland, Peggy Moran, Nan Grey, Lori Nelson, Julie Adams, Virginia Grey, Martha O'Driscoll, Kay Hughes, more. He was in the process of moving the website, but it is not working as of February, 2013: http://universalqueens.org/
The 225th AAA Searchlight Battalion website has a bunch of pinup photos of World War II era Hollywood actresses and starlets of both A and B grade films (such as Sheila Ryan, Carole Landis, Ramsey Ames, more): http://www.skylighters.org/photos/pinups.html
The Miss America website has a history section including information on past winners: http://www.missamerica.org/our-miss-americas/miss-america-history.aspx
Wikipedia has a listing of Miss America winners. At the bottom of this Wikipedia webpage, there is a block containing years - click on a particular year and you'll find info on the winner and runner-ups. Go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_award_winners
The Miss California website has an archive containing photos of winners since the 1920s: http://www.misscalifornia.org/archives/formers/formers.html
There's a variety of starlets and actresses listed at the Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen website: http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/start.html
Steven Hill has photo pages on many actresses who did westerns and serials, including Jean Rogers, Jane Adams, Julie Adams, more: http://www.shillpages.com/actress/actress/actress.htm