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Faye Emerson

Faye Margaret Emerson was an American film and stage actress, and television interviewer who gained fame as a film actress in the 1940s, before transitioning to television in the 1950s, hosting her own talk show. Born in Louisiana, Emerson spent the majority of her early life in San Diego, California. She became interested in theater while attending San Diego State College, and subsequently pursued an acting career, appearing in stock theater in California. She subsequently signed a contract Warner Bros., and began appearing in their films in 1941. She starred in several films noir, including Lady Gangster, and Howard Hawks's war film Air Force. In 1944, she played one of her more memorable roles as Zachary Scott's former lover in The Mask of Dimitrios. From 1944 to 1950, she was married to Colonel Elliott Roosevelt, son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In 1949, Emerson began hosting The Faye Emerson Show, a late-night talk show series. She went on to become a prolific television interviewer, which earned her the nickname "The First Lady of Television". Throughout the 1950s, she also appeared in numerous Broadway stage productions. Emerson formally retired from show business in 1963, and retired to Europe. She resided there until 1983, when she died of stomach cancer in Deià, Spain, aged 65. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Emerson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Her star is located at 6529 Hollywood Blvd.

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Jul 8, 1917 In Elizabeth, Louisana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Nurse's Secret 1941-05-24
Latest Project:
Series The David Susskind Show 1959-01-18
Known For
Poster of The Colgate Comedy Hour
Poster of The Philco Television Playhouse
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Poster of Uncertain Glory
Series The David Susskind Show Self 1959-01-18
Movie Main Street to Broadway Herself 1953-10-12
Series I've Got a Secret Panelist 1952-06-19
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Guilty Bystander Georgia 1950-04-20
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Her Kind of Man Ruby Marino 1946-05-11
Movie Nobody Lives Forever Toni Blackburn 1946-11-01
Movie Hotel Berlin Tillie Weiler 1945-03-02
Movie Danger Signal Hilda Fenchurch 1945-11-21
Movie The Mask of Dimitrios Irana Preveza 1944-06-23
Movie Uncertain Glory Louise 1944-04-07
Movie In Our Time Friend of Count Stephan in Nightclub (uncredited) 1944-02-19
Movie Between Two Worlds Maxine Russell 1944-05-20
Movie Crime by Night Ann Marlow 1944-09-09
Movie Hollywood Canteen Herself 1944-12-15
Movie The Very Thought of You Cora 'Cuddles' Colton 1944-10-20
Movie Women at War Anastasia 'Stormy' Hart 1943-10-02
Movie Air Force Susan McMartin 1943-03-20
Movie Find the Blackmailer Mona Vance 1943-11-06
Movie The Hard Way Ice Cream Parlor Waitress 1943-01-13
Movie Food and Magic Unknown 1943-11-18
Movie Destination Tokyo Mrs. Cassidy 1943-12-31
Movie The Desert Song Hajy 1943-12-17
Movie Wild Bill Hickok Rides Peg 1942-01-31
Movie Murder in the Big House Gladys Wayne 1942-04-11
Movie Lady Gangster Dorothy Burton 1942-04-01
Movie Juke Girl Violet 'Murph' Murphy 1942-05-30
Movie Secret Enemies Paula Fengler 1942-09-17
Movie Bad Men of Missouri Martha Adams 1941-07-26
Movie The Nurse's Secret Miss Hill 1941-05-24
Movie Blues in the Night Dr. Morse's Nurse (uncredited) 1941-11-15
Movie At the Stroke of Twelve Miss LaMond 1941-11-15
Movie Nine Lives Are Not Enough Rose Chadwick 1941-09-20