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Jennifer Holt

Birth name:
Elizabeth Randolph Holt

Some biographies have her as:
Elizabeth Marshall Holt

1920 - 1997

Born in 1920 in Los Angeles, Jennifer Holt was the daughter of movie star Jack Holt and sister of RKO cowboy hero Tim Holt.

While some biographies have her full name as Elizabeth Marshall Holt, she is "Elizabeth Randolph Holt" on her birth certificate. Perhaps there was a formal or informal name change from Randolph to Marshall.

Jennifer's movie career spanned about eight years, from 1941 - 1948, and most of her roles were B westerns. Her first oater was the Hopalong Cassidy STICK TO YOUR GUNS (Paramount, 1941). Then she signed a term contract with Universal and the January 28, 1942 issue of Variety noted that "Universal tagged Jennifer Holt, daughter of Jack Holt, to a termer." She'd be with Universal a couple years, mostly playing the heroine in sagebrush adventures with Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, and Rod Cameron.

Then she free lanced, primarily at Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) and Monogram as leading lady to Buster Crabbe, Eddie Dean, Jimmy Wakely, Lash LaRue, a few others.

She also was female lead in two cliffhangers, ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS (Universal, 1943) and HOP HARRIGAN (Columbia, 1946).

Les Adams has her identified in about 50 films which includes 37 westerns and 2 serials.

Her favorite B western role was portraying the masked leader of a band of outlaws in THE HAWK OF POWDER RIVER (Eagle-Lion/PRC, 1948). She and most of her gang are gunned down by singin' cowboy Eddie Dean in the film-ending shootout.

Circa 1948, Jennifer settled in Chicago and hosted / participated in several television programs that originated in the Windy City. One was her portrayal of "Aunt Judy" to the puppet "Uncle Mistletoe" in the 15 minute THE ADVENTURES OF UNCLE MISTLETOE which was broadcast locally over ABC. Chicago department store Marshall Fields did this program in response to competitor Montgomery Ward's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. After a year or two, Jennifer exited Mistletoe and did another children's program, PANHANDLE PETE AND JENNIFER, which originated from NBC in Chicago. That 15 minute series ran from 1950 - 1951.

While in Chicago, Jennifer headed the drama department of the Patricia Stevens modeling / career agency.

Jennifer married seven or eight times and there were no children. She lived in Mexico, various locations in the United States, and resided in England at the time or her death in 1997 from cancer. One of her early marriages was circa 1946 - 1948 to actor William Bakewell (1908 - 1993) whom she co-starred with in the 1946 HOP HARRIGAN chapterplay. Bakewell may be best remembered as "Major Tobias Norton" in the 1950s Disney Fess Parker / Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier TV show.

Even though her father Jack and brother Tim made scores of westerns and outdoorsy type films, Jennifer was never in any of their movies. And despite many reports throughout the years, an actor named David Holt (1927 - 2003) was NOT the brother of Jennifer and Tim Holt nor the son of Jack Holt.

In her later years, Jennifer married Aylmer Hughes Chamberlain and they resided in Dorset, England. Suffering from cancer, she passed away there on September 15 or 21, 1997.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Jennifer Holt:"

Family Search and the Variety tradepaper have more on Jennifer Holt and family. Note the death date variation in the obituary vs. the Social Security Death Index (SSDI):

The Internet Archive has the October, 1949 Halloween episode of Jennifer Holt as "Aunt Judy" in THE ADVENTURES OF UNCLE MISTLETOE:
and a video of the 1950-1951 PANHANDLE PETE AND JENNIFER:

YouTube also has the 1949 Halloween episode of Jennifer from THE ADVENTURES OF UNCLE MISTLETOE:

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Jennifer Holt - 1976 photo at one of the film festivals.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above - Jennifer with Rod Cameron at Universal.

(From Old Corral collection)

Takin' a break at Monogram during the filming of OUTLAW TRAIL (Monogram, 1944), one of the Trail Blazers trio westerns. Above from L-to-R are Hoot Gibson, Victor Daniels/Chief Thunder Cloud, Gene Alsace (Rocky Camron), Jennifer Holt and Bob Steele.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from left to right are Sarah Padden, Emmett Lynn, Eddie Dean, Jennifer Holt and Al LaRue (in his days before becoming "Lash") in Eddie Dean's first starring effort, the Cinecolor SONG OF OLD WYOMING (PRC, 1945).

(From Old Corral collection)

Above - Jennifer Holt and Al LaRue as the 'Cheyenne Kid' in SONG OF OLD WYOMING (PRC, 1945).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card for Rod Cameron's RENEGADES OF THE RIO GRANDE (Universal, 1945) with Jennifer as the leading lady. In addition to RENEGADES, Jennifer also did two others with Cameron - RIDERS OF THE SANTA FE (Universal, 1944) and BEYOND THE PECOS (Universal, 1945).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Russell Hayden and Jennifer Holt in a scene from TRAIL OF THE MOUNTIES (Screen Guild, 1947).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Charlie Stevens, Richard Arlen, Jennifer Holt, Ed Cassidy and Lee Shumway in a crop from a lobby card from BUFFALO BILL RIDES AGAIN (Jack Schwarz/Screen Guild, 1947).

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