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Lois January

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Birth dateOctober 05, 1913
Place of birthMcAllen, Texas
Date of deathAugust 07, 2006(age 92)
Death placeLos Angeles, California
OccupationFilm, television actress

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Lois January (October 5, 1913 - August 7, 2006) was an American actress who performed small roles in several B-movies during the 1930s.

Born in McAllen, Texas as Laura Lois January, her first credited role was in 1933, in the film UM-PA. Her most famous role, however, although she never achieved name recognition, is probably as the Emerald City manicurist in The Wizard of Oz who sings to Dorothy that "we can make a dimpled smile out of a frown" and, later in the same film, as the woman holding a cat which causes Toto to jump out of the hot air balloon just before it departs leaving Dorothy apparently stranded.

January had many roles during her Hollywood career. During the 1930s she played in numerous westerns as the heroine, usually opposite Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Steele, Tim McCoy and Bob Baker, among others. In 1935 she starred opposite Reb Russell in Arizona Badman, and in 1936 she starred with Brown in Rogue of the Range, and alongside Tim McCoy in Border Cabellero. While on contract with Universal Pictures she continued to play heroine roles in westerns, and in 1937 she starred opposite Bob Baker in Courage of the West.

Her career slowed in the way of starring roles by the mid-1940s, but she continued to act. In 1942 she was the "poster girl" for Chesterfield cigarettes. From 1960 through 1987 she played numerous small roles on television, to include roles on My Three Sons and Marcus Welby, M.D.. Her last acting role was in 1987, on the television movie Double Agent. During the 1980s she attended several western film festivals.

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