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Occupation  Actress, dancer
TV shows  The Ted Knight Show
Role  Actress
Name  Iris Adrian
Years active  1928–1980

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Full Name  Iris Adrian Hostetter
Born  May 29, 1912 (1912-05-29) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place  Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Died  September 17, 1994, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Charles Over (m. 1935–1936), Ray "Fido" Murphy (m. ?–1983)
Parents  Adrian Earl Hostetter, Florence V. Hostetter
Movies  The Love Bug, Lady of Burlesque, The Paleface, The Odd Couple, Swing Hostess
Similar People  Norman Z McLeod, William A Wellman, Sam Katzman, Sam Newfield, Robert Stevenson

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Iris Adrian Hosetter (May 29, 1912 – September 17, 1994) was an American actress and dancer.


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Life and career

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Iris Adrian Hostetter was an only child, born in Los Angeles, California, to Florence (née Van Every) and Adrian Earl Hostetter, who wed in 1909 in Los Angeles. She was raised by her single mother in Los Angeles. She was a graduate of Hollywood High School.

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Adrian won a beauty pageant and worked with the Ziegfeld Follies before she entered films at the end of the silent era in Chasing Husbands (1928) and appeared as an extra or chorus girl in early sound films like Paramount on Parade (1930).

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During the 1930s she specialised in playing hard-boiled gals, glamorous gold-diggers, and gangsters' "molls". She played supporting roles in numerous features. She played "Gee-Gee Graham" in Lady of Burlesque. In the Jerry Lewis comedy, The Errand Boy, she played a glamorous movie star "Anastasia Anastasia", whose on-set birthday party is wrecked by Lewis's shenanigans. She made voice appearances on several radio programs, including the Abbott and Costello Show.

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She acted regularly, albeit without achieving star status, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in more than one hundred films. In her later years she appeared in several Walt Disney films, including That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A., Freaky Friday, and No Deposit, No Return. Disney director Robert Stevenson considered Adrian his "good-luck charm". On television, she was a member of the cast of the unsuccessful situation comedy The Ted Knight Show in the spring of 1978. She also played numerous guest roles in television series such as Get Smart, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, The Munsters, The Love Boat, The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Jack Benny Show.

Personal life

She was married three times, the first time to Charles Over from 1935 to 1936; that marriage ended in divorce. Her second marriage, to George Jay, also ended in divorce. Her third and final marriage was to Ray Murphy, and lasted more than 30 years until his death in 1983. None of the marriages produced children.


Adrian died in Los Angeles, from injuries sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake eight months earlier.

Short subjects

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  • Chasing Husbands (1928)
  • Whirls and Girls (1929) as 4th Girl (unconfirmed)
  • The Freshman's Goat 20 min.. (1930)
  • Don't Give Up (1930)
  • College Cuties 19 min. (1930) as Iris
  • Man to Man (1937)
  • How to Clean House 18 min. (1948) as Isabella, The Maid
  • Foy Meets Girl 17 min. (1950)
  • Heebie Gee-Gees (1952) as Wally's Wife
  • So You Want To Know Your Relatives 10 min. (1954) as Bubbles LaVonne (uncredited)
  • So You Want to Be Pretty 10 min. (1956) as Mabel - Nurse (uncredited)

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