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Louise Stanley

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Birth nameLouise Keyes
Birth dateJanuary 28, 1915
Place of birthSpringfield, Illinois
Date of deathDecember 28, 1982(age 67)
Death placeCocoa Beach, Florida
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1936 - 1944
SpouseDennis O'Keefe
Addison Randall
Charles Munn

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Louise Stanley, born Louise Keyes (January 28, 1915 - December 28, 1982), was an actress of the mid-20th century. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Keyes changed her name to Stanley when she decided to embark on an acting career. Although obtaining many minor roles, her career never lifted her to major stardom, but she did star in roughly twenty-four B-movies during her short career, most of which were B-Westerns. In 1935 she signed a contract with Paramount, which was not renewed after the initial six months. She then began working for Warner Bros., and was from time to time "loaned out" for use in westerns. In 1937 she was cast in the leading role, starring alongside Tex Ritter, in the western Riders of the Rockies, directed by Robert N. Bradbury.

Also in 1937, she began working for Columbia Pictures, where she made two films starring alongside Charley Chase and Andy Clyde. Her first husband was actor, writer and director Dennis O'Keefe, whose career spanned more than thirty five years before he died at age 60. Their marriage was short lived, ending in divorce. In 1939 she starred in The Oregon Trail, starring alongside Johnny Mack Brown. She starred in several films with cowboy star Bob Steele and others with Tex Ritter.

Following the end of her first marriage, Stanley married singing cowboy, and romantic lead for many B-Westerns, Addison Randall. She and Randall would divorce, then remarry. The second marriage between the two ended after Randall became involved in a notorious affair with actress Louise Brooks. Following their divorce, Randall went on to marry actress Barbara Bennett, mother of Morton Downey Jr. Stanley then married a Navy pilot named Charles Munn. That marriage also was short lived, ending in divorce only a short time later with allegations that he beat her.

Louise Stanley retired from acting, and died from cancer in Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1982.

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