Olympe Bradna (Olympe Bradna)

Olympe Bradna

Actress. A pretty brunette, she is remembered for starring in several late 1930s Hollywood films. Born Antoinette Olympe Bradna to a circus family that pushed her into show business, she was named for Paris’ Olympia Theatre, was seen in her parents’ act from the time she was a toddler, made her formal debut at eight in “Hit the Deck”, by 13 was dancing with the famed Folies Bergere, and had her silver screen bow in 1933’s “Roger la Haute”. Moving to the United States around 1935 she was signed to a Paramount contract and in 1936 had parts in “Three Cheers for Love” and “College Holiday”. Olympe assumed her first major role 1937’s “The Last Train from Madrid” and was to appear in several more films including the 1938 “Say It in French”. She was a cover girl for entertainment magazines, took her final screen turn in the 1941 Ronald Reagan feature “International Squadron”, and that same year married wealthy businessman Douglass Wilhoit and retired. For the remainder of her days she maintained a friendship with President and Mrs. Reagan and was active with charity work but spoke little of her time in the limelight. At her death from the infirmities of age a few of her movies were preserved. (bio by: Bob Hufford)  Family links:  Spouse:  Douglass Woods Wilhoit (1918 – 2012)

Born

  • August, 12, 1920
  • France

Died

  • November, 11, 2012
  • USA

Cemetery

  • Stockton Rural Cemetery
  • California
  • USA

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