|Occupation Film actress|
Years active 1935-1941
|Name Priscilla Lawson|
|Full Name Priscilla Shortridge|
Born March 8, 1914 (1914-03-08) Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Died August 27, 1958, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse Alan Curtis (m. 1937–1940), Gerald Lawson (m. 1932)
Movies Flash Gordon, Double Wedding, Test Pilot, Rose Bowl
Similar People Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor, Alan Curtis, Victor Fleming, Richard Thorpe
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Cliffhanger Serial Slide Show Chapter 7: Emperor Ming's Daughter
Lawson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shortridge of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a railroad yard foreman.
Lawson was a professional model by her early twenties and was named Miss Miami Beach in 1935. This gained her a contract with Universal Studios, which used her in a variety of small roles. However, in 1936 she was cast in the serial Flash Gordon as the voluptuous daughter of the villain, Ming the Merciless. Princess Aura's rivalry with Dale Arden for Flash Gordon's affection was one of the centerpieces of the serial and gained Lawson cult figure status.
Roy Kinnard wrote in Science Fiction Serials: A Critical Filmography of the 31 Hard SF Cliffhangers; With an Appendix of the 37 Serials with Slight SF Content, "Lawson's notable physical assets were responsible for incurring the wrath of censors" in the filming of Flash Gordon. Co-star Jean Rogers told him that censors ordered retakes of Chapter 1 of the serial with Lawson "wearing slightly less revealing garb."
Little is known of her post-Hollywood life. Lawson married Hollywood leading man Alan Curtis (1909-1953) in November 1937 and enlisted in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. An unverified rumor claims she lost a leg in an accident while serving in the Army. Another version is that she lost a leg in a 1937 car crash. However, her Flash Gordon co-star Jean Rogers denied that Lawson had lost a leg, and it was also rejected in a biographical review in an Indianapolis journal.
Lawson and her husband divorced in March 1940, and she then managed a stationery shop in Los Angeles, California.
On August 27, 1958, Lawson died at 44 in Monrovia, California, due to cirrhosis and upper gastrointestinal bleeding caused by a duodenal ulcer. She was interred at Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia.