Born 1926 in Stockton, California, American actress and model Dolores Moran was signed by Warner Bros. to a seven-year contract, with her parents’ permission in 1942, aged 16.
Moran’s brief career as a film actress began with uncredited roles in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). By 1943, she had become a pin-up girl appearing on the cover of such magazines as Yank. She was given supporting roles in films, such as Old Acquaintance (1943) with Bette Davis.
Warner Bros. attempted to increase interest in her, promoting her along with Lauren Bacall as a new screen personality when Bacall was cast alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). The film made a star of Bacall, but Moran languished, and subsequent films did little to further her career.
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) gave her a leading role with Jack Benny and Alexis Smith, but her film appearances after this were sporadic, and she suffered ill health that reduced her ability to work. Her film career ended in 1954 with a featured role in the John Payne and Lizabeth Scott western film Silver Lode.
Dolores Moran died of cancer in 1982, aged 56.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Dolores Moran in the 1940s.