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Marie Windsor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marie Windsor (born Emily Marie Bertelsen; December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000) was an actress known as "The Queen of the Bs" because she appeared in so many B-movies and film noirs. After working for several years as a telephone operator, a stage and radio actress, and a bit and extra player in films, Windsor began playing feature parts on the big screen in 1947. Her first film contract, with Warner Bros. in 1942, resulted from her writing jokes and submitting them to Jack Benny. Windsor said she submitted the gags under the name M.E. Windsor "because I was afraid he might be prejudiced against a woman gag writer." When Benny finally met Windsor, "he was stunned by her good looks" and had a producer sign her to a contract. After a tenure with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in which the studio "signed her, put her in two small roles and then promptly forgot her", she signed a seven-year contract with The Enterprise Studios in 1948. The actress' first memorable role was in 1948 with John Garfield in Force of Evil playing seductress Edna Tucker. She had roles in numerous 1950s film noirs, notably The Sniper, The Narrow Margin, City That Never Sleeps, and Stanley Kubrick's heist movie, The Killing, in which she played Elisha Cook Jr.'s scheming wife. She also made a foray into science fiction with the 1953 release of Cat-Women of the Moon. Windsor co-starred with Randolph Scott in The Bounty Hunter (1954). Later, Windsor moved to television. She appeared in 1954 as Belle Starr in the premiere episode of Stories of the Century. In 1962, she played Ann Jesse, a woman dying in childbirth, in the episode "The Wanted Man" of Lawman. She appeared on programs such as Maverick, Bat Masterson, Perry Mason, Bourbon Street Beat, The Incredible Hulk, Rawhide, General Hospital, Salem's Lot (TV miniseries), and Murder, She Wrote. Windsor worked consistently through the 1960s and 1970s, and remained on screen once or so annually up to the 1990s, playing her final role at 72 in 1991. Windsor has a star at 1549 N. Vine Street in the Motion Pictures section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated January 19, 1983. She was among the 500 stars nominated for selection as one of the 50 greatest American screen legends, as part of the American Film Institute's 100 years. In 1987, Windsor received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best actress for her work in The Bar Off Melrose. She also received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild for her service on the organization's board of directors.

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Dec 11, 1919 In Marysvale, Utah, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie All-American Co-Ed 1941-10-31
Latest Project:
Movie Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures 2001-05-02
Known For
Poster of Freaky Friday
Poster of Matinee Theater
Poster of The Tall Texan
Poster of The Three Musketeers
Movie Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Herself 2001-05-02
Series Supercarrier Unknown 1988-03-06
Movie Commando Squad Casey 1987-06-01
Series Tales from the Darkside Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie The Perfect Woman Zelda 1981-01-01
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie Lovely But Deadly Aunt May 1981-06-19
Series Salem's Lot Eva Miller 1979-11-17
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1977-11-04
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie Freaky Friday Mrs Murphy 1976-12-17
Movie Hearts of the West Woman in Nevada 1975-10-08
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie The Outfit Madge Coyle 1973-10-01
Movie Cahill U.S. Marshal Mrs. Green 1973-07-11
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie Support Your Local Gunfighter Goldie 1971-05-26
Movie Wild Women Lottie Clampett 1970-10-20
Series Bracken's World Sally 1969-09-19
Movie The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Polly 1969-11-19
Series The Outsider Unknown 1968-09-18
Series Adam-12 Unknown 1968-09-21
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series The Legend of Jesse James Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie Mail Order Bride Hannah 1964-03-10
Movie Bedtime Story Mrs. Sutton 1964-06-10
Movie The Day Mars Invaded Earth Claire Fielding 1963-02-14
Movie Critic's Choice Sally Orr 1963-04-13
Movie Paradise Alley Linda Belita 1962-01-02
Series Bonanza Mrs. Elizabeth Lassiter 1959-09-12
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series The Alaskans Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series Bourbon Street Beat Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie Day of the Badman Cora Johnson 1958-03-06
Series Yancy Derringer Unknown 1958-10-02
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Unholy Wife Gwen 1957-06-24
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Movie The Girl in Black Stockings Julia Parry 1957-09-24
Movie The Story of Mankind Josephine Bonaparte 1957-11-08
Movie The Parson and the Outlaw Tonya 1957-09-23
Movie Swamp Women Josie Nardo 1956-04-01
Movie The Killing Sherry Peatty 1956-06-06
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Madame Rontru 1955-06-23
Movie The Silver Star Karen Childress 1955-04-07
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie No Man's Woman Carolyn Ellenson Grant 1955-10-27
Movie Two-Gun Lady Bess 1955-10-15
Series The Whistler Unknown 1954-07-13
Movie Hell's Half Acre Rose 1954-06-01
Movie The Bounty Hunter Alice Williams 1954-09-25
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie City That Never Sleeps Lydia Biddel 1953-06-12
Movie The Tall Texan Laura Tompson 1953-01-01
Movie So This Is Love Marilyn Montgomery 1953-07-15
Movie Trouble Along the Way Anne Williams McCormick 1953-04-04
Movie Cat-Women of the Moon Helen Salinger 1953-09-03
Movie The Eddie Cantor Story Cleo Abbott 1953-12-25
Series City Detective Unknown 1953-09-07
Movie Japanese War Bride Fran Sterling 1952-01-29
Movie Outlaw Women Iron Mae McLeod 1952-04-28
Movie The Sniper Jean Darr 1952-05-09
Movie The Narrow Margin Mrs. Frankie Neall 1952-05-03
Movie The Jungle Princess Mari 1952-08-01
Movie Little Big Horn Celie Donlin 1951-06-15
Movie Hurricane Island Jane Bolton 1951-07-16
Movie Two Dollar Bettor Mary Slate 1951-09-09
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Dakota Lil Dakota Lil 1950-02-17
Movie The Showdown Adelaide 1950-08-15
Movie Double Deal Terry Miller 1950-12-01
Movie Frenchie Diane Gorman 1950-12-25
Movie Outpost in Morocco Cara 1949-05-02
Movie Force of Evil Edna Tucker 1949-03-01
Movie Hellfire Mary Carson / Doll Brown 1949-05-29
Movie The Fighting Kentuckian Ann Logan 1949-09-15
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend LaBelle Bergere (uncredited) 1949-05-27
Movie The Pirate Madame Lucia 1948-06-11
Movie The Three Musketeers Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited) 1948-10-19
Movie I Love My Wife BUT! Saleswoman (uncredited) 1947-04-05
Movie Living in a Big Way Jane, Junior League Girl (uncredited) 1947-06-10
Movie The Hucksters Girl on Train (uncredited) 1947-07-17
Movie Song of the Thin Man Helen Amboy 1947-08-28
Movie The Lady or the Tiger? The Princess 1946-03-28
Movie I Love My Husband, But! Bridge Player (uncredited) 1946-12-07
Movie Let's Face It Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1943-08-04
Movie Four Jacks and a Jill Girl Applying Makeup (uncredited) 1942-01-23
Movie George Washington Slept Here (uncredited) 1942-10-30
Movie Parachute Nurse Company 'C' Girl 1942-08-06
Movie The Big Street Nightclub Patron (Uncredited) 1942-08-13
Movie Eyes in the Night Actress at Rehearsal (Uncredited) 1942-10-16
Movie All-American Co-Ed Carrot Queen (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie Weekend for Three Old Field Inn Patron 1941-12-12