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Rochelle Hudson

Rochelle Hudson promoting Show Them No Mercy, 1935
Born March 6, 1916(1916-03-06)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Died January 17, 1972 (aged 55) (pneumonia)
Palm Desert, California, USA
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Robert L. Mindell (1963-1971)
Dick Irving Hyland (1948-1950)
Harold Thompson (1939-1947)
Charles Brust (?-?)

Rochelle Hudson (March 6, 1916 - January 17, 1972) was an American film actress from the 1930s through the 1960s.



The Oklahoma City-born actress may be best remembered today for costarring in Wild Boys of the Road (1933), playing Cosette in Les Misérables (1935), playing Mary Blair, the older sister of Shirley Temple's character,in the movie Curly Top, and for playing Natalie Wood's mother in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). During her peak years in the 1930s, notable roles for Hudson included: Richard Cromwell's love interest in the Will Rogers showcase Life Begins at 40 (1935), the daughter of carnival barker W.C. Fields in Poppy (1936), Claudette Colbert's adult daughter in Imitation of Life (1934). She played Sally Glynn, the fallen ingenue to whom Mae West imparts the immortal wisdom, "When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her!" in the 1933 Paramount film, She Done Him Wrong. Hudson was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931.

Personal life

Hudson was married four times. Her first husband was Charles Brust. Little is known of the marriage other than it ended in divorce. She remarried in 1939 to Harold Thompson, who was the head of the Storyline Department at Disney Studios. She assisted Thompson, who was doing espionage work in Mexico as a civilian during World War II. They posed as a vacationing couple to various parts of Mexico, to detect if there was any German activity in these areas. One of their more successful vacations uncovered a supply of high test aviation gas hidden by German agents in Baja California.[1]

After their divorce in 1947, she married a third time the following year to Los Angeles Times sportswriter, Dick Irving Hyland. The marriage lasted two years before the couple divorced. Her final marriage was to Robert Mindell, a hotel executive. The couple remained together for eight years before divorcing in 1971. She was actually born in 1916, but it would be unusual for a 15 year old to do romance, so they "made her older."

In 1972, Hudson died of pneumonia brought on by a liver ailment.



  • Forty Years of Screen Credits, 1929-1969. Two volumes. Compiled by John T. Weaver. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1970. Entries begin on page 57.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, Cengage Learning. 1980- 2009.

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