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Luella Gear
Born(1897-09-05)September 5, 1897
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 3, 1980(1980-04-03) (aged 82)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
EducationSpence School
Years active1917–1964
Byron Chandler
(m. 1919; div. 1924)

(m. 1927; div. 1933)

Frederick W.A. Engel
(div. 1940)

Luella Gear (September 5, 1897 – April 3, 1980) was an American actress. She appeared in numerous films, TV series and theatrical productions throughout the 1910s to the 1960s[1]

Early life

Gear was born in New York in 1897. She attended the Spence School and was educated in Brussels, Belgium.[2]


She made her acting debut in 1917, appearing in the Broadway musical Love O' Mike. She subsequently appeared in Broadway productions such as The Gold Diggers, A Dangerous Maid, Poppy, The Optimists, Gay Divorce and Life Begins at 8:40.[2]

During World War II, she toured with the wartime comedy play Count Me In as part of the USO, entertaining the troops.[3]

She also appeared in films like Queen High, Carefree, Lady in the Dark, The Perfect Marriage and Jigsaw and TV series like Broadway Television Theatre, The Big Story, The Elgin Hour and Joe and Mabel.[2]

Personal life

Gear was married three times: to New York playboy Byron Chandler,[4] aviator Gustave Maurice Heckscher, and Frederick W.A. Engel. She had no children.

Gear died in The Bronx on April 3, 1980 at the age of 82. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Selected filmography



Selected stage credits


  1. ^ "Luella Gear (1897-1980)". Oxford Reference. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  2. ^ a b c Hischak, Thomas S. (2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical. p. 277. ISBN 9780195335330. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. ^ Gilvey, John Anthony (November 2005). Before the Parade Passes By: Gower Champion and the Glorious American Musical. ISBN 9780312337766. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ Clayton, J. (2009). Remembering Manchester: Towering Titans and Unsung Heroes. Arcadia Publishing Incorporated. ISBN 9781625843098. Retrieved 2018-12-27.

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