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Frances Dade

Born: Feb 14, 1910

Death: Jan 21, 1968

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Frances Dade

Date of Birth : Feb 14, 1910
Date of Death : Jan 21, 1968
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Frances Dade, also known early in her career as Lorelei Lee, was an American film actress of the late 1920s and 1930s. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dade moved to Hollywood, California in the late 1920s to pursue an acting career. She first caught the attention of Samuel Goldwyn as a member of the touring company of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He gave her a contract though she later went free lance. Her first film role was in 1928, when she had an uncredited role alongside stars Dorothy Boyd and Mabel Poulton in The Constant Nymph. In 1930 she appeared in four films, including Grumpy. In 1931 Dade was cast in the biggest role of her career, Lucy Weston in Dracula, which starred Bela Lugosi and Helen Chandler. The scene with Bela Lugosi hovering over her prostrate body remains an indelible part of pop culture. That role would catapult her to brief notoriety, and would result in her being selected one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars, including Marian Marsh, Karen Morley, and Marion Shilling, that same year. Despite her performance in Dracula, Dade's film role offers dwindled. She starred in six films in 1931, three of which were horror films.


  • Actor

Also known as

  • Lorelei Lee


  • Brock Van Avery
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