Lola Lane (born Dorothy Mullican;[1] May 21, 1906 – June 22, 1981) was an American actress and one of the Lane Sisters with her sisters Leota, Rosemary, and Priscilla Lane. She appeared on Broadway and in films from the 1920s to 1940s.

Lola Lane
Lola Lane by Roman Freulich, 1931.jpg
Lane in 1931
Dorothy Mullican

(1906-05-21)May 21, 1906
DiedJune 22, 1981(1981-06-22) (aged 75)
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery (Los Angeles)
Years active1929–1946
Political partyDemocratic
  • Henry Clay Dunham
    (m. 192?; div. 19??)
(m. 1931; div. 1933)
Alexander Hall
(m. 1934; div. 1936)
(m. 1940; died 1952)
Robert Hanlon
(m. 1955)

Early yearsEdit

The daughter of a dentist, Lane was born in Macy, Indiana, and grew up in Indianola, Iowa. As a teenager, she played piano for silent films and sang in a flower shop. Vaudeville entertainer Gus Edwards discovered her and put her on the road to her professional career.[2][3] Lane and her sister Leota graduated from a conservatory at Simpson College and were performing in New York by 1926.[4] Edwards had discovered them performing in a benefit concert in Des Moines, Iowa.[5]


Lane in the 1937 film Marked Woman

Edwards changed the actress's name and added her to his touring production, Ritz Carlton Nights.[2] In 1926, she and her sister Leota appeared in the Greenwich Village Follies in New York City.[4] She went on to appear in vaudeville shows on the Orpheum, Loew, and Interstate circuits[2] and later acted on Broadway in The War Song (1928),[6] leading to her work in films when a talent scout saw her. After a screen test, she made her film debut in Speakeasy (1929).[2]

Most of Lane's films were Warner Bros. productions. They included Four Daughters, Four Wives, and Four Mothers, in each of which she appeared with her sisters Priscilla and Rosemary.[2] She also appeared in the Warner Bros. classic Marked Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.

Personal lifeEdit

On September 11, 1931, Lane married actor Lew Ayres in Las Vegas, Nevada.[7] They remained wed until 1933.[2] She was also married to Henry Dunham, a yacht broker, and director Roland West.[3] When she died, she was married to Robert Hanlon,[2] a retired aircraft executive.[3]

As Democrats, Lane and her sisters supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 presidential election.[8]


Lane died at her home in Santa Barbara, California on June 11, 1981, at age 75. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara.[2]


Comic book writer Jerry Siegel named Lois Lane, the fictional reporter and Superman's girlfriend in DC Comics, after Lola Lane.[9]

In 1967 Lane received a Pope Pius X medal for her efforts in religious training of mentally challenged people.[3] She converted to Catholicism in 1961.[10]



  1. ^ Peak, Mayme Ober (October 25, 1931). "Cupid Descends on Hollywood And Finds the Hunting Good". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. p. Part 5 - p 1. Retrieved May 24, 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h One obituary said that Edwards discovered her in the flower shop: "Lola Lane, 75, veteran actress". The News. New Jersey, Paterson. United Press International. June 25, 1981. p. 39. Retrieved May 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b c d Another obituary said that she wrote to Edwards to ask for an audition: "Lola Lane, actress, dies at 75". The Morning Call. Pennsylvania, Allentown. Associated Press. June 26, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved May 25, 2019 – via
  4. ^ a b "Goings-On in the Theaters". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. March 3, 1926. p. 30. Retrieved May 25, 2019 – via
  5. ^ "Lola Lane Boosted to Stardom". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 7, 1929. p. 49. Retrieved May 25, 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Lola Lane". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Lew Ayres of Films Faces Divorce Suit". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. United Press. January 19, 1933. p. 2. Retrieved May 25, 2019 – via
  8. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  9. ^ Letters to the Editor, Time magazine (May 30, 1988), pp. 6–7.
  10. ^ Dick, Bernard F. (January 13, 2015). Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars. University Press of Kentucky. p. 209. ISBN 9780813159515 – via Google Books.

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