Born 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, American film actress Rochelle Hudson began her career as a teenager. She signed a contract with RKO Pictures in 1930, when she was 17 years old.
Hudson may be best remembered today for costarring in Wild Boys of the Road (1933), playing Cosette in Les Misérables (1935), playing Mary Blair, the older sister of Shirley Temple’s character in Curly Top, and for playing Natalie Wood’s mother in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
During her peak years in the 1930s, notable roles for Hudson included Richard Cromwell’s love interest in the Will Rogers showcase Life Begins at 40 (1935), the daughter of carnival barker W.C. Fields in Poppy (1936), and Claudette Colbert’s adult daughter in Imitation of Life (1934).
In the 1954–1955 television season, Hudson co-starred with Gil Stratton and Eddie Mayehoff in the sitcom That’s My Boy, based on a 1951 Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin film of the same name.
Hudson was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931. She was found dead in her home at the Palm Desert Country Club. Hudson died of a heart attack brought on by a liver ailment at the age of 55.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Rochelle Hudson in the 1930s and 1940s.