Lola M. Cogan was born in Los Angeles on July 20, 1922. Her father William Cogan was a Band musician, and her mother Thelma Cogan, was a beauty shop owner. She Attended Fremont High School.
Lola was a popular pin up girl during the 40s center folding in Esquire magazine plus many more and dated Howard Hughes amongst others.
Her movie bits included Olson and Johnson, Carmen Miranda and Esther Williams movies, “The Three Caballeros”, “Springtime in the Rockies” and Booby Dupes” (Three Stooges). During WW11, she acted in a film for the USO in which Betty Davis acknowledged her dedication to the troops.
While singing with Big Bands, she married Charles W. (Curly) Cole, a hotelier in 1945. She retired from show business at that time but still loved to dance. She was the first and last Queen of the Stardust Ballroom in Hollywood and is enshrined in the California Swing Dancing Hall of Fame.
She outlived hundreds of friends and is survived by her son and daughter in-law Barry and Donna Cole, Granddaughters Darcy Vineyard and Robin Allen and Great Grandsons Wyatt Vineyard and Glenn Cole.
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