Luana Walters Movies and Career Information

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Cancer
Jul 22, 1912
Los Angeles
Actor
Luana Walters was a motion picture actress from Los Angeles, California. Walters was an expert horsewoman which led to her discovery as an actress at a rodeo in Palm Springs, California. She won a woman's bucking contest which was being watched by a movie scout, who noticed her. Her film career began when she visited a friend on a United Artists lot. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was excited about her screen possibilities and arranged for a film test. However, only three days later Fairbanks went to Europe, and the test was never completed. Not long afterwards Joe Schenck saw Walters on the dance floor at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, California. After viewing the abbreviated test made by Fairbanks, Schenck offered her a contract with United Artists. The studio did not make a movie in the next six months so Walters' option was not taken up. Walters' screen credits start with an uncredited role in Reaching for the Moon. Her skill as an equestrian helped her in parts in westerns like Ride 'Em Cowboy, Where the West Begins, Mexicali Rose, and Law of the Wolf. On several occasions Walters made films in which her work was left in the cutting room, from the final edit.

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