Adrienne Dore

Adrienne Dore (born Elizabeth Himmelsbach; May 22, 1907 – November 26, 1992)[3] was an American actress, model, and beauty pageant winner.[4][5] She was first runner-up in the Miss America 1925 pageant, competing as Miss Los Angeles. Dore went on to have a modest career in motion pictures before retiring in 1934.[6]

Adrienne Dore
Adrienne Dore Fryer.jpg
Dore in an Elmer Fryer photo, 1932
Elizabeth Himmelsbach

(1907-05-22)May 22, 1907
DiedNovember 26, 1992(1992-11-26) (aged 85)
Other namesAdrienne Doré[1]
OccupationActress, model
Years active1918–1934
Burt Kelly
(m. 1933; died 1983)

Early lifeEdit

Adrienne Dore was born Elizabeth Himmelsbach in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to Louis Joseph Himmelsbach and Edith Estelle Kell. The family moved to Yakima and then Seattle, Washington where she attended school at a convent. She performed in her first musical there at age three. Her education at Forrest Ridge Convent was in general studies but she focused on dancing and the theater.


Dore in Theatre Magazine, January 1921

Dore moved to New York City, and pursued a career in acting under the name Adrienne Doré.[7] She was a singer in the musical revue "Elliott, Comstock, and Gest", performing at the Cocoanut Grove,[8] a nightclub located on the roof of the Century Theatre.[9] She competed in the Miss Los Angeles Beauty contest in 1925, winning, and went on to the Miss America pageant, placing second in the competition.[10] The contestants signed promissory contracts for film appearances with the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation upon winning; Dore's was with Universal Pictures for 5 years.[11]

Dore and Edmund Goulding photographed for a scene in Sally, Irene and Mary (1925)

Dore returned to Los Angeles where she began acting in uncredited roles in silent pictures and two reelers such as Johnny's Week End and Adam's Eve,[12] before moving on to full feature talkies.[13] First receiving top billing in minor pictures like Beyond London Lights (1928),[14][15] then continuing with minor roles alongside such stars as Clara Bow in The Wild Party (1929). In 1931, she obtained a contract with Warner Bros., and had supporting roles in Union Depot (1932) and The Rich Are Always with Us (1932) with Bette Davis.[16] She met and married independent or B film producer Burt Kelly,[17] who, along with Sam Bischoff and William Saal, headed KBS productions.[18][19] Dore's last role was in Undercover Men, a 1934 Kelly film.[20][21]

Later lifeEdit

Dore and Kelly remained married until his death in 1983. Dore died at the age of 85 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.[3]


Dore as maid Kitty Carstairs on a lobby card for Beyond London Lights (1928)
Year Film Role Ref Notes
1925 Sally, Irene and Mary Uncredited, scene cut
1926 Love's Hurdle Short
1928 The Valley of Hunted Men Minor role Uncredited
The Swim Princess Minor role Uncredited
Beyond London Lights Kitty Carstairs [22] Lost film
Wife Trouble Short
1929 Pep Up Adrienne Wood Short
Smart Steppers Short
Time to Expire Short
The Wild Party Babs [22] Credited as Adrienne Doré[23]
Delicious and Refreshing Short
Peaceful Alley A Mission Girl Short
Adam's Eve Irene Short
Pointed Heels Kay Wilcox [22] Technicolor version of the film survives at UCLA Film and Television Archive
1930 Hello, Baby Adrienne Short
Johnny's Week End[24][25][26] Short
1932 Union Depot Sadie [27]
The Famous Ferguson Case Antoinette "Toni" Martin [28]
Two Seconds Annie Uncredited
Alias the Doctor
Street of Women Frances
The Expert
Play Girl The Reno Girl Uncredited
Gentleman for a Day
The Rich Are Always with Us Allison Adair [29]
The Thirteenth Guest Winston's Date Uncredited
The Girl from Calgary Lulu, Darrell's secretary Uncredited
1933 Love, Honor, and Oh Baby! Louise
1934 Undercover Men Betty Winton Final film role


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