Rita La Roy
Ina La Roi Stuart
October 2, 1901
Bonners Ferry, Idaho, U.S.
|Died||February 18, 1993 (aged 91)|
Chula Vista, California, U.S.
|Years active||1929–1951 (acting)|
(m. 1931; div. 1933)
Rita La Roy (born Ina La Roi Stuart, October 2, 1901 – February 18, 1993) was an American actress and dancer, beginning her career in 1929, and having her last significant role in 1940.
La Roy appeared in over 50 films, the best known of which was Blonde Venus, which starred Marlene Dietrich. After her acting career, she had a school for models in Hollywood. Also in the 1940s, she wrote and produced her own television show for KTLA in Los Angeles, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1948.
While the studio publicity machine claimed she had been born in Paris, France, she was actually born in the small town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1901. Her early years saw her work as both a dress designer and a stock company actress, before moving onto vaudeville, where she became a dancer.
Performing on the Pantages and Orpheum theater circuits, she was known for erotic acts, which included dances such as the "frog dance", the "peacock dance" and the "cobra dance" in which her feet and legs were tied together under a stylized snakeskin so that she danced by undulating her torso."
Over the next several years, working as part of the RKO Radio Pictures stable, she appeared in both starring and supporting roles. While her final significant role was in the 1940 comedy-mystery Hold That Woman!, she had several small roles during the 1940s, including in such films as Sergeant York and You're My Everything.
After retiring from film, for the most part, in the early 1940s, she ran the Rita La Roy Modeling School and Agency. She later wrote and produced her own shows for the local television station in Los Angeles, KTLA. For one of those programs she won an Emmy in 1948. She died of pneumonia in Chula Vista, California in 1993, aged 91.
|The Love Trap||1929||Mary Harrington|
|The Delightful Rogue||1929||Nydra|
|Lilies of the Field||1930||Florette|
|Lovin' the Ladies||1930||Louise Endicott|
|Midnight Mystery||1930||Madeline Austen|
|Check and Double Check||1930||Elinor Crawford|
|Sin Takes a Holiday||1930||Grace Lawrence|
|Playthings of Hollywood||1930|
|A Holy Terror||1931||Kitty Carroll|
|Playthings of Hollywood||1931|
|The Gay Diplomat||1931||Natalie|
|Leftover Ladies||1931||Vera Lane|
|The Yellow Ticket||1931||Fania Rubinstein|
|The Secret Witness||1931||Mrs. Sylvia Folsom||Uncredited|
|Amateur Daddy||1932||Lottie Pelgram|
|So Big||1932||Paula Storm||Uncredited|
|While Paris Sleeps||1932||Fifi|
|Sinners in the Sun||1932||Lil|
|Hollywood Speaks||1932||Millie Coreen|
|Bachelor's Affairs||1932||Sonya Denton|
|The Honor of the Press||1932||Daisy Tellem|
|Blonde Venus||1932||Taxi Belle Hooper|
|From Hell to Heaven||1933||Elsie Ruby|
|The Song of Songs||1933|
|I've Got Your Number||1934||Sassy Call Girl||Uncredited|
|One Is Guilty||1934||Lola Deveroux|
|Name the Woman||1934||Marie Denton|
|Fugitive Lady||1934||Sylvia Brooks|
|The Mandarin Mystery||1936||Martha Kirk|
|Lady from Nowhere||1936||Mabel Donner|
|Find the Witness||1937||Rita Calmette|
|King of Gamblers||1937||Woman at table||Uncredited|
|The Hit Parade||1937||Woman ex-convict||Uncredited|
|Mountain Music||1937||Mrs. Hamilton B. Lovelace|
|Flight from Glory||1937||Molly|
|Dangerous to Know||1938||Mrs. Barnett||Uncredited|
|Border G-Man||1938||Mrs. Rita Browning|
|Smashing the Rackets||1938||Reluctant Witness||Uncredited|
|Fixer Dugan||1939||Patricia 'Pat' O'Connell|
|Hold That Woman!||1940||Lulu Driscoll|
|Sergeant York||1941||Saloon Girl||Uncredited|
|Hangmen Also Die!||1943||Girl||Uncredited|
|You're My Everything||1949||Fashion Editor||Uncredited|
- Hopper, Hedda (April 5, 1946). "Hollywood". Daily News. New York, New York City. p. 45. Retrieved August 7, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Rita La Roy profile". 123 Movies TV. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- "Rita La Roy: Biography". MSN. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- "Rita La Roy; Actress, Model Agency Owner". LA Times. February 23, 1993. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- "Rita La Roy". AFI. Retrieved August 2, 2014.