Lucille Bremer (Lucille Bremer)

Lucille Bremer

Bremer was born in Amsterdam, New York, and began her career as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, aged 16. Bremer, along with fellow stars Vera-Ellen and June Allyson, appeared as a ‘Pony Girl’ in the Broadway musical Panama Hattie in 1940. Spotted by a talent scout, she was taken to Hollywood, where her screen test impressed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer mogul Louis B. Mayer. An accomplished dancer, she was also considered to display potential as a dramatic actress. She made her screen debut in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) as Judy Garland’s sister, and followed this with a co-starring role opposite Fred Astaire in Yolanda and the Thief (1945), and a featured dance performance, once again with Astaire, in two memorable sequences in Ziegfeld Follies (1946). Her last major film was Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), but after this, MGM began to lose interest in promoting her. After a few minor films, she played her last starring role in Behind Locked Doors (1948). Reportedly disappointed with her Hollywood career, she elected not to renew her contract and left the film industry. She had also met and fallen in love with the son of the former president of Mexico, Abelardo Luis Rodriguez, who bore the same name as his father. She moved with him to Baja California Sur, Mexico, at the beginning of the Golden Age of Baja and started the illustrious private resort Rancho Las Cruces, as well as the original Palmilla Hotel and the Hacienda Hotel. With her contacts in Hollywood, and her husband “Rod” Rodriguez’s influence, they drew people from Hollywood who sought to enjoy this newly found paradise. After her divorce (in 1963), she settled in La Jolla, California, where she owned a children’s clothing boutique. She died in 1996 from a heart attack at age 79. She left four children (Nicholas, Torry, Christina, and Karen) and numerous grandchildren (Francesca, Amanda, Andres, Alexis, Kamal, and David) and great-grandchildren.

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  • February, 21, 1917
  • USA
  • Amsterdam, New York


  • April, 16, 1996
  • USA
  • La Jolla, California

Cause of Death

  • heart attack


  • Cremated

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