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. .
|1||Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein||1948||as Sandra Mornay|
|2||Une fille sur la route||1952||as Princesse Véra|
|3||Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff||1949||as Angela Gordon|
|4||Action in Arabia||1944||as Mounirah al-Rashid|
|5||Barbary Pirate||1949||as Zoltah|
|6||Bluebeards Eighth Wife||1938||as Party Guest|
|7||Falschmünzer am Werk||1951||as Madame Winter|
|8||Having Wonderful Crime||1945||as Gilda Mayfair|
|9||I Wonder Whos Kissing Her Now||1947||as Fritzi Barrington|
|10||Passport to Destiny||1944||as Grete Neumann|
|11||The Catman of Paris||1946||as Marie Audet|
|12||The Other Love||1947||as Yvonne Dupré|
|13||The Prairie||1947||as Ellen Wade|
|14||The Return of the Whistler||1948||as Alice Dupres Barkley|
|15||The Wife of Monte Cristo||1946||as Countess of Monte Cristo Haydée|
|16||They Got Me Covered||1943||as Mrs. Vanescu|
|17||Cinemassacres Monster Madness||2007||as Sandra Mornay|
|18||The Morey Amsterdam Show||1948||as Herself - Actress|
|19||The Wendy Barrie Show||1948||as Herself|