Louise Allbritton

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Louise Allbritton
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Allbritton in 1944
Born(1920-07-03)July 3, 1920
DiedFebruary 16, 1979(1979-02-16) (aged 58)
Other namesLouise Albritton
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Years active1942–1964
(m. 1946)

Louise Allbritton (July 3, 1920 – February 16, 1979) was an American film and stage actress born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her name was sometimes seen as Louise Albritton. [1]


She played in such films as Pittsburgh (1942), Who Done It? (1942), Son of Dracula (1943), The Egg and I (1947), and Sitting Pretty (1948). [2]

Early life and career

Allbritton was born in Oklahoma City on July 3, 1920, the daughter of E.E. Allbritton of Wichita Falls, Texas. [3] She attended the University of Oklahoma and gained acting experience in the Pasadena Playhouse. [4] Her father cut off her allowance in hopes that she would return home, but her contract with Universal Studios enabled her to continue in Hollywood. [3]

During World War II, Allbritton performed overseas with a USO troupe, a group that "[g]ave show after show, many of them to the accompaniment of the thunder of enemy guns." [5]

Allbritton (right) and Milton R. Krasner on the set of The Egg and I (1947) The Egg and I (1947) 1.jpg
Allbritton (right) and Milton R. Krasner on the set of The Egg and I (1947)

She was one of several replacements for the leading female role in the long-running Broadway production of The Seven Year Itch. [6] On television, she played the title role in the NBC-TV series Concerning Miss Marlowe (1954) [7] and co-starred in the CBS drama Stage Door (1950). [7] :1008

Personal life

1943 portrait of Allbritton's husband Charles Collingwood by Henry Carr Charles C. Collingwood - War Correspondent, Columbia Broadcasting System of America Art.IWMARTLD2957.jpg
1943 portrait of Allbritton's husband Charles Collingwood by Henry Carr

She was married to CBS news correspondent and author Charles Collingwood from 1946 until her death [1] and retired several years after their marriage. [4]


Allbritton died of cancer on February 16, 1979, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where she and Collingwood had one of their homes. [8]

Complete filmography

Radio appearances

1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre Men in White [9]
1944 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre Phantom Lady [9]

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