Indianola, Iowa, USA
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Andover, Massachusetts, USA
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Priscilla Lane attended the Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York before she began touring with her sisters in the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Dance Band. She was a popular singer with her sisters and, after 5 years, she was signed to a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers in 1937. Her first film was Varsity Show (1937) where she had the hard task of portraying a singer with the Fred Waring Band. Priscilla was to play the nice girl against the temperamental star played by her sister Rosemary Lane. Over the years, Priscilla would play an assortment of girlfriends, daughters and fiancees. She would team with her two sisters, Rosemary Lane and Lola Lane, to make a series of drama`s beginning with the film Four Daughters (1938). That film would be the one that made John Garfield a star. In most of her films, all Priscilla had to do was to look attractive and give a good supporting performance. Priscilla would also co-star with Wayne Morris in three 1938 releases. In The Roaring Twenties (1939), she would play the girlfriend of James Cagney. In Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), which was release 3 years after it was filmed, she would play the fiancee of Cary Grant. When Alfred Hitchcock was unable to get Barbara Stanwyck, he cast Priscilla in Saboteur (1942) where she was on the run with the hero. By that time, her movie career was almost finished and she would appear in just a couple of films over the next five years before retiring in 1948.
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Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York
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Joseph Lawrence, Hannah, Judith, James
Leota Lane, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Priscilla Lane (born Priscilla Mullican, June 12, 1915 – April 4, 1995) was an American actress, and the youngest of the Lane Sisters of singers and actresses. She is best remembered for her roles in the films The Roaring Twenties (1939) co-starring with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart; Saboteur (1942), an Alfred Hitchcock film in which she plays the heroine, and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), in which she portrays Cary Grant's fiancée and bride.
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Biography by Hal Erickson [-]
American actress Priscilla Lane was trained for a musical career at Iowa's Simpson College. Shortly before graduation Priscilla and her sister Rosemary Lane toured as vocalists with the Fred Waring Band. In 1937, both Lane sisters were signed by Warner Bros. to appear in Varsity Show; they were cast as adversaries, with "nice" Priscilla impersonating "nasty" temperamental movie star Rosemary. A third Lane sister, Lola, joined her siblings and actress Gale Page to play the title characters in Warners' Four Daughters (1938), but it was Priscilla who was shown to best advantage by sharing the "fates are against me" scene with costar John Garfield. The actress had the good luck to work with some of Hollywood's top male stars during her Warners' tenure, including Cary Grant (Arsenic and Old Lace ) and James Cagney (The Roaring Twenties ). While on loanout to 20th Century-Fox, Lane was allowed to deliver a sharp comic performance opposite Jack Benny in The Meanest Man in the World (1943). Lane even worked with Hitchcock in Saboteur (1942), though truth to tell she was hardly the director's first choice (he wanted Barbara Stanwyck). Retiring from movies in favor of married life in 1948, Priscilla Lane made a brief professional reappearance in the late '50s as hostess of a daily movie telecast on Boston's WBZ-TV.