Luiz, Loretta

 From the play "White Cargo" circa 1945, courtesy of the Eric Davidson collection.

From the play “White Cargo” circa 1945, courtesy of the Eric Davidson collection.

Loretta Luiz

Married name: Creel

Professional name: Laurette Luez

Born: 19 August 1928, Honolulu HI
Died: 12 September 1999, Milton FL

Born Loretta Luiz in Hawaii to parents who were entertainers, she was exposed to vaudeville and was included in her parents’ act as a dancer by the age of three as they toured Asia. Escaping the invasion of the Japanese in Shanghai, they returned to Hawaii, leaving for Hollywood months before Pearl Harbor was bombed. Her natural beauty and her concentrated study of acting techniques opened doors from pin-up model to the silver screen. She was signed by deMille at the age of 15, and the court approved her 20th Century Fox contract at $125 a week when she was 17 years old. Her pin-up photo in Esquire Magazine in 1944 was one of the most popular with our soldiers during World War II.

She signed her publicity photos “Laurette Luez”. It is told that she changed the spelling of her last name so that people would pronounce it correctly. Laurette told the story of how she gave Norma Jean the name Marilyn Monroe, and taught her the lessons that Laurette learned from her acting coach, Marie Stoddard, on how to act sexy for the camera.

Although married a number of times, her husband for twenty years was Robert Creel; they had three children. Loretta died in Florida at the age of 71.

– for Mar-Ken.org by Alan Simon

From the 1945 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, “Sophomore Biographies”:
Loretta Luiz was born in Honolulu and is our Hawaiian Honey. Her great ambition is to become an actress and it is her hope that they will cancel daylight saving time so that she can get to school on time.

Links to other resources about Loretta Luiz/Laurette Luez:

Article and photo from Honolulu Star-Bulletin:
http://starbulletin.com/1999/10/25/features/story4.html

“The Laurette Luez story” from LegendaryWomen.com:
http://www.legendarywomen.com/legendarywomen/pp/laurette.shtml

Internet Movie Database listing:
http://imdb.com/name/nm0525154/