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A former blond once billed as the English Jean Harlow, London native Ida Lupino was born Feb. 4, 1918, appearing in her first film role of note in 1933's Her First Affaire. Heading to Tinseltown in 1934, she worked onscreen during the 1930s, '40s and '50s before moving behind the lens and becoming one of Hollywood's first successful female directors.

After making her directing bow with Not Wanted (1949), which she cowrote, Lupino went on to helm six low-budget features: Never Fear (1949); Outrage (1950); Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951); On Dangerous Ground (1952); The Hitch-Hiker (1953); and The Bigamist (1953). Most of her later directorial efforts were for television, including episodes of "The Untouchables" (1959), "The Twilight Zone" (1959) and "The Fugitive" (1963); she also guest starred on shows such as "Barnaby Jones" and "Charlie's Angels."

Lupino died in Los Angeles Aug. 3, 1995.

Ida Lupino in The Trouble with Angels

The Trouble with Angels

1966 PG

Two teens turn a staid convent upside down with their youthful glee and zany antics. Although the pair gets in trouble for transgressions like invading the nuns' quarters and substituting soap for sugar in the kitchen, their charm wins everyone over.

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