Helene Stanley (Dolores Diane Freymouth)
BiographyGary, Indiana, USA
Dolores Diane (her first stage name) made her film debut at age 14 in Girls' Town (1942), a "B" picture from low-rent PRC, then played a series of juvenile roles at Universal in 1943-45 (sometimes as part of a teen dancing group known as The Jivin' Jacks and Jills). She worked at MGM (where her stage name became Helene Stanley) and elsewhere from 1945-50 and at 20th Century-Fox in 1952, but her roles never rose above starlet level. Her last role at MGM, notable if uncredited, was in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) as the sexy teenager who causes Doc's downfall. Read more... cinema career ended with Dial Red O (1955), both English and German-language versions. However, in a second career she made major, if invisible, contributions to Disney animated features, which used live-action films as the basis for animation. Helene modeled Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and the young wife in 101 Dalmatians (1961). Amusingly, one critic complained that Cinderella was too "voluptuous"! Also for Disney, Helene appeared in the Davy Crockett TV-films as Davy's wife Polly. Helene was (briefly) the third wife of gangster Johnny Stompanato, whose subsequent fatal affair with Lana Turner made headlines. Her second marriage to David Niemetz, a Beverly Hills physician, was happier, and she formally retired from show business on the birth of her son in 1961. The cause of her 1990 death was not reported.