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Iowa History Daily: April 4 - Indianola's Rosemary Lane

Iowa History Daily: On April 4, 1913, the actress and singer Rosemary Lane was born in Indianola. A standout solo performer, as well as with her sisters, Lane left a legacy of entertaining audiences in a variety of ways.

Often singing with her sisters Lola and Priscilla as the Lane Sisters during childhood, Rosemary started performing at an early age. The sisters received dance lessons from Rose Lorenz in Des moines before first appearing at the city's Paramount Theater for a performance in 1930. While her sister Lola appeared in the Hollywood movie “Good News,” Rosemary attended Indianola High School and Simpson College before moving to New York in 1932 to try her luck on Broadway.

Rosemary and Priscilla got their big break when Fred Waring heard them sing and added them to his band ‘The Pennsylvanians.’ When the band contracted with Warner Brothers for a musical starring Dick Powell during 1937, both sisters gained prominent roles. A string of film roles followed including ‘Hollywood Hotel’ and ‘Gold Diggers in Paris.’

Over the 1940s, Lane continued her career in both Hollywood and Broadway appearing in ‘The Boys from Syracuse,’ ‘Best Foot Forward,’ and Sing Me a Song of Texas.’ Lane left acting in 1945, and passed away in 1974. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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