Lois January, Actress in Westerns, Dies at 93

Actor Lois January, best known for her multiple roles in Western films, has died of Alzheimer's. She was 93.

The screen star of the 1930s appeared in films such as Lightning Bill Crandall, Red Rope, Moonlight on the Range, Stolen Harmony, and Courage of the West

Discovered by a talent scout from Universal while performing in a high school play, January starred in 12 westerns from 1935-1937 and also reportedly sang with Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, but her footage as the manicurist didn't make the final cut. Footage of the actor as the striking redhead carrying a cat in the Emerald City did remain.

During the 1940s, she performed on Broadway, appearing in High Kickers, and starred in her own radio show, Revelle Sweetheart, in which she read the morning news to the GIs during World War II.

January continued to act in film and television past the age of 70 and appeared in shows such as Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Rockford Files, Police Story, and Double Agent through 1987.