Lenore Aubert

as Sandra Mornay in the movie Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Real name is Eleanore Maria Leisner
Was born at 18 April 1918 in Cilli, Austria-Hungary [now Celje, Slovenia] . Died at 31 July 1993, Great Neck, Long Island, New York, USA

Lenore Aubert was born in present-day Slovenia, at the time stillconnected to the Austro-Hungarian Empire (her French name was pureHollywood hokum, designed to make her background more exotic - thoughshe did live for some time in Paris). Eleanore Maria Leisner was thedaughter of an Austrian general and spent her formative years in Viennawhere she studied acting and appeared in a few movies as an extra. Hermarriage to a Jewish boy obliged her to leave Austria after the'Anschluss' and the couple emigrated to the United States via France. In New York, Lenore found work as a model and was eventually offered alucrative stage role as Lorraine Sheldon in "The Man Who Came toDinner" at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

Determined to get thepart, Lenore crossed the U. S. by bus. Once settled in California, Lenore was 'discovered' twice. The firsttime, she was spotted by an agent for 'Samuel Goldwyn' and signedto appear as the alluring Nazi spy trying to tempt 'Bob Hope (I)' in They Got Me Covered (1943) .

Though 'Dorothy Lamour' wryly commented on Lenore's sexy walk, there was not enough screen timefor the newcomer to seriously challenge the established star in thepopularity stakes. After that, Lenore went into Action in Arabia (1944) opposite 'George Sanders (I)' . Thispicture did not make much of a splash either, but attracted theattention of Republic studio boss 'Herbert J. Yates' , who wasstill desperately searching to find a replacement for his failed star'Vera Ralston' . Lenore was consequently cast in the periodthriller The Catman of Paris (1946) which was launched with a(for Republic) bigger-then-average publicity campaign and went on to beexhibited at the better cinemas.

Unfortunately, in the course of the 65minutes, sets and cinematography were the real stars. Though the casttried hard, they failed to overcome the deficiencies of lacklustredirection,a silly script and the even sillier makeup for the not veryscary top- hatted 'werecat' monster. Needless to say, that 'Catman' didnothing for the careers of any involved. During the next few years, Lenore appeared in a number of B-movies, suchas The Return of the Whistler (1948) and Barbary Pirate (1949) . Her own favourite among her screen roleswas that of Viennese singer/actress 'Fritzi Scheff' (1879-1954) in I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (1947) .

Several times she hadscreen-tested, unsuccessfully, for A-grade productions. These included Saratoga Trunk (1945) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) ,but on both occasions she lost out to 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' . Lenore's greatest success in film was probably retrospectively, due tothe popularity and later cult status enjoyed by two films starring herwith Abbott and Costello, made back-to-back: Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) (generallyregarded as the duo's best) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) . Astory goes, that, during production of the first, Lenore (attired allin mink) walked actor 'Glenn Strange (I)' , who played theFrankenstein monster, on a leash in full make-up, up and down thestudio lot in full view of visiting tourists arriving on the tour tram- good publicity !In the 1950's, Lenore joined her husband, who was in the garmentbusiness, in New York. The business succeeded, the marriage did not.

With the exception of a couple of minor European films, Lenore's actingcareer was effectively over. She devoted much of her remaining life tocharitable causes, doing work for the United Nations and the Museum ofNatural History in New York. .

There is some small facts about Lenore Aubert:
  • Was discovered by a talent scout while performing in a Los Angeles community theatre production
  • In the 1960s was active in the United Nations Activity and Housing Section
  • She was the only woman to portray a mad scientist in the Golden Age of the cinema. This occurred when she was cast as Dr. Sandra Mornay in the movie Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) .
  • Forced to leave Austria when the Nazis took over because her husband was Jewish, she fled to Paris, where for a time she was a model.
  • Her father was a general in the Austrian army.
  • Although her name and somewhat unidentifiable accent has led many to believe that she's French, "Lenore Aubert" is actually a stage name; her real name is Eleanore Leisner, and she was born in what is now Slovenia.
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There is the list of movies, where Lenore Aubert was taked part:
1 Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein movie Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948 as Sandra Mornay
2 Une fille sur la route movie Une fille sur la route 1952 as Princesse Véra
3 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff 1949 as Angela Gordon
4 Action in Arabia movie Action in Arabia 1944 as Mounirah al-Rashid
5 Barbary Pirate movie Barbary Pirate 1949 as Zoltah
6 Bluebeards Eighth Wife movie Bluebeards Eighth Wife 1938 as Party Guest
7 Falschmünzer am Werk movie Falschmünzer am Werk 1951 as Madame Winter
8 Having Wonderful Crime movie Having Wonderful Crime 1945 as Gilda Mayfair
9 I Wonder Whos Kissing Her Now movie I Wonder Whos Kissing Her Now 1947 as Fritzi Barrington
10 Passport to Destiny movie Passport to Destiny 1944 as Grete Neumann
11 The Catman of Paris movie The Catman of Paris 1946 as Marie Audet
12 The Other Love movie The Other Love 1947 as Yvonne Dupré
13 The Prairie movie The Prairie 1947 as Ellen Wade
14 The Return of the Whistler movie The Return of the Whistler 1948 as Alice Dupres Barkley
15 The Wife of Monte Cristo movie The Wife of Monte Cristo 1946 as Countess of Monte Cristo Haydée
16 They Got Me Covered movie They Got Me Covered 1943 as Mrs. Vanescu
17 Cinemassacres Monster Madness movie Cinemassacres Monster Madness 2007 as Sandra Mornay
18 The Morey Amsterdam Show movie The Morey Amsterdam Show 1948 as Herself - Actress
19 The Wendy Barrie Show movie The Wendy Barrie Show 1948 as Herself
There is the list of some articles of Lenore Aubert:
  • "Österreich Journal" (Austria), 2 June 2014, Iss. 131, pg. 127-128, by: Rudolf Ulrich, "Lenore Aubert (Eleanore Maria Leisner), Schauspielerin"
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