Kathleen B. Burke (September 5, 1913 — April 9, 1980) was an American movie actress of the 1930's, and former model.
Kathleen was a dental assistant in Chicago, before winning a talent contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures to play Lota the "Panther Woman" in Island of Lost Souls (1932 - You gotta pay your dues.), the first screen version of H.G. Wells's novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. The contest allegedly had 60,000 applicants from around the country.
This led to more than a film career of 22 moves over six years, usually as the leading lady along side of Randolph Scott (Sunset Pass and Rocky Mountain Mystery), Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Buster Crabbe, Charles Laughton, Spencer Tracy, W.C. Fields, George and Gracie Allen, Ronald Coleman, Rosalind Russell ...
Her final film role was in 1938, whereupon she retired from screen acting at the age of 25 !!!