Today marks the centennial of IDA LUPINO. This amazing, trail-blazing actress, director and producer was born on February 4, 1918 in the UK.
Her unforgettable film credits as an actress include THE LIGHT THAT FAILED, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, HIGH SIERRA, THE SEA WOLF, ROAD HOUSE and THE BIG KNIFE. Her numerous directing credits are highlighted by the classic thriller, THE HITCH-HIKER.
I was fortunate to have met Ida Lupino and her then husband, actor Howard Duff, when I was in my mid-teens. I was a guest in their home, visited them at work and, after I moved to Los Angeles from Seattle, stayed in contact with them over the years. Indeed, Ms. Lupino was always happy to contribute to my various books about Hollywood and share with me aspects of her personal life.
My recently published one-woman play, IDA: The Last Lupino, is a dramatic “journey” from a dark time in Ida’s life to a more hopeful period. It's available in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon. Performance rights are available.