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Ida Lupino
Born (1918-02-04)4 February 1918
Died 3 August 1995(1995-08-03) (aged 77)
Cause of death Stroke
Citizenship British/American
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress, singer, director, producer
Years active 1931–1978
(m. 1938; div. 1945)

Collier Young
(m. 1948; div. 1951)

Howard Duff
(m. 1951; div. 1984)
Children 1
Parent(s) Stanley Lupino
Connie Emerald
Relatives Lupino Lane (paternal uncle)
Family Lupino

Ida Lupino (4 February 1918 – 3 August 1995) was an Anglo-American actress and singer, who became a pioneering director and producer—the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to do so. With her independent production company, she co-wrote and co-produced several of her own social-message films, and was the first woman to direct a film noir, The Hitch-Hiker, in 1953.

In her 48-year career, she made acting appearances in 59 films and directed eight others, mostly in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948. The majority of her later career as an actress, writer, and director was in television, where she directed more than 100 episodes of productions ranging across Westerns, supernatural tales, situation comedies, murder mysteries, and gangster stories. She was the only woman to direct episodes of the original The Twilight Zone series, as well as the only director to have starred in the show.


Lupino continued acting until the 1970s. Her directing efforts during these years were almost exclusively for television productions such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, The Twilight Zone, Have Gun – Will Travel, Honey West, The Donna Reed Show, Gilligan's Island, 77 Sunset Strip, The Rifleman, The Virginian, Sam Benedict, The Untouchables, Hong Kong, The Fugitive, and Bewitched.

Lupino appeared in 19 episodes of Four Star Playhouse, Lupino starred with her then-husband Howard Duff in the CBS sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve'. Duff and Lupino also co-starred as themselves in 1959 in one of the installments of The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour and an episode of The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1960.

Lupino guest-starred in numerous television shows, including The Ford Television Theatre (1954), Bonanza (1959), Burke's Law (1963–64), The Virginian (1963–65), Batman (1968), The Mod Squad (1969), Family Affair (1969–70), The Wild, Wild West (1969), Nanny and the Professor (1971), Columbo: Short Fuse (1972), Columbo: Swan Song (1974), Barnaby Jones (1974), The Streets of San Francisco, Ellery Queen (1975), Police Woman (1975), and Charlie's Angels (1977).

She has two distinctions with The Twilight Zone series, as the only woman to have directed an episode ("The Masks") and the only person to have worked as both actress and (uncredited) as a director in an episode ("The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine").

Lupino made her final film appearance in 1978 and retired from the entertainment business at the age of 60.


Lupino died in Los Angeles on 3 August 1995, at the age of 77. Her memoirs, Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, were edited after her death and published by Mary Ann Anderson.

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