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"Jungle Queen"; Universal, 1945

HEROINE OF THE MONTH

RUTH ROMAN

A great actress Ruth Roman's first role was in "Since You Went Away" (1944). Her only serial was Universal's wartime chapterplay "Jungle Queen" (1945). Roman played Lothel, a mysterious jungle spirit who could walk through fire and appear and disappear at will. She would always show up to save the good guys just in the nick of time as they attempted to stop the Nazis from taking over Africa.

Roman moved on from there to such thrillers as "The Window" (1949) and Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1951). She starred with Jimmy Stewart in "Far Country" (1955) as well as making the Civil War drama "Great Day in the Morning" (1956). The sixties would see Roman moving back into character roles like in the Lana Turner soaper "Love Has Many Faces" (1965).

The seventies found Roman becomming a mainstay in horror films like "The Baby" (1972), "Impulse" (1974), and "Day of the Animals" (1977) to name a few. Roman passed away in 1999.

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