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Vera Miles

Vera June Miles (born August 23, 1929) is an American actress. Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Ford cast her in the classic western The Searchers (1956) and Hitchcock, who put her under personal contract and hailed her as his "new Grace Kelly", paired her with the great Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man (1956). Hitchcock cast Miles in the potentially star-making role of Judy Barton in Vertigo (1958), but Miles withdrew from the film when she became pregnant. Hitchcock gave Miles a supporting role in another masterpiece Psycho (1960), as did Ford when he cast her opposite John Wayne and James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), She also starred in such films as Beau James (1957) opposite Bob Hope, The FBI Story (1959) opposite Stewart, Back Street (1961) opposite Susan Hayward and John Gavin and Sergeant Ryker (1968) opposite Lee Marvin, as well as showing her consistently remarkable and versatile talent on dozens of popular television movies and series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Twilight Zone (1959), The Outer Limits (1963), The Fugitive (1963), My Three Sons (1960), Bonanza (1959), "Columbo" and Murder, She Wrote (1984). In 1983, she reprised her role as "Lila Crane" in the film sequel Psycho II (1983), starring Anthony Perkins. Although, too often, the stunningly beautiful Miles' gifts were underutilized, before her retirement in 1995, hers was a most intriguing and enduring Hollywood career.

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Aug 23, 1929 In Boise City, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950-09-10
Latest Project:
Movie The Psycho Legacy 2010-10-19
Known For
Poster of Psycho II
Poster of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Poster of The Searchers
Poster of The House Without a Name
Movie The Psycho Legacy Herself (archive footage) 2010-10-19
Movie Separate Lives Dr. Ruth Goldin 1995-09-08
Movie The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro Sophie Kubacki 1989-02-13
Movie Into the Night Joan Caper 1985-02-22
Movie International Airport Elaine Corley 1985-05-25
Movie Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Kate Keller 1984-04-23
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie The Initiation Frances Fairchild 1984-12-07
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Movie Travis McGee Julie Lawless 1983-05-18
Movie Psycho II Lila Crane Loomis 1983-06-03
Movie BrainWaves Marian Koonan 1983-08-05
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Movie Mazes and Monsters Cat 1982-12-27
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Tora 1979-09-20
Movie And I Alone Survived Irene Elder 1978-11-27
Movie Run for the Roses Clarissa Stewart 1977-06-01
Movie Fire! Martha Wagner 1977-05-08
Series The Love Boat Bess Hensinger 1977-09-24
Movie Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Mrs. Horton 1976-04-22
Movie Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Erica 1976-02-02
Movie State Fair Melissa Bryant 1976-05-14
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie The Underground Man Eleanor Strom 1974-05-06
Series Movin' On Unknown 1974-05-08
Movie Live Again, Die Again Marcia Carmichael 1974-02-16
Movie The Castaway Cowboy Henrietta MacAvoy 1974-08-01
Movie The Strange and Deadly Occurrence Christine Rhodes 1974-09-24
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie One Little Indian Doris 1973-06-20
Movie Runaway! Ellen Staffo 1973-09-29
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie A Great American Tragedy Gloria Wilkes 1972-10-18
Movie Molly and Lawless John Molly Parker 1972-12-01
Movie Baffled! Andrea Glenn 1972-12-17
Movie In Search of America Jenny Olson 1971-03-23
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Columbo Viveca Scott 1971-09-15
Movie A Howling in the Woods Rose Staines 1971-11-05
Movie The Wild Country Kate Tanner 1970-12-16
Movie It Takes All Kinds Laura Ring 1969-06-12
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Movie Sergeant Ryker Ann Ryker 1968-02-01
Movie Kona Coast Melissa Hyde 1968-05-01
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie Hellfighters Madelyn Buckman 1968-11-27
Movie Mission Batangas Joan Barnes 1968-11-15
Series Journey to the Unknown June Wiley 1968-09-26
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie The Spirit Is Willing Kate Powell 1967-07-07
Series Mannix Jean McBride 1967-09-16
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie One of Our Spies Is Missing Madame Raine De Sala 1966-12-01
Movie Follow Me, Boys! Vida Downey 1966-12-01
Movie Those Calloways Lydia (Liddy) Calloway 1965-01-28
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series I Spy Rachel 1965-09-15
Movie A Tiger Walks Dorothy Williams 1964-04-12
Movie The Unknown Kassia Paine 1964-05-04
Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Madame Raine De Sala 1964-09-22
Movie The Hanged Man Lois Seeger 1964-11-18
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Hallie Stoddard 1962-04-22
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Series The Asphalt Jungle Unknown 1961-04-02
Movie The Lawbreakers Angela Walsh 1961-08-15
Movie Back Street Liz Saxon 1961-10-11
Movie A Touch of Larceny Virginia Killain 1960-02-04
Movie Five Branded Women Daniza 1960-03-15
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Movie Psycho Lila Crane 1960-06-22
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie Web of Evidence Lena Anderson 1959-04-28
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie The FBI Story Lucy Ann Hardesty 1959-10-01
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Series The Twilight Zone Millicent Barnes 1959-10-02
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series Startime Unknown 1959-10-06
Movie Beau James Betty Compton 1957-06-07
Movie Panic Button Carolyn Cook 1957-11-28
Movie The Searchers Laurie Jorgensen 1956-05-07
Movie The House Without a Name 1956-01-01
Movie 23 Paces to Baker Street Jean Lennox 1956-05-18
Movie Autumn Leaves Virginia Hanson 1956-08-01
Movie The Wrong Man Rose Balestrero 1956-12-22
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Wichita Laurie McCoy 1955-07-03
Movie Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Jill Hardy 1955-02-16
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Jean Medwick 1955-10-02
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Pride of the Blue Grass Linda 1954-04-04
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie The Charge at Feather River Jennie McKeever 1953-07-11
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series City Detective Unknown 1953-09-07
Movie For Men Only Kathy 1952-01-11
Movie The Rose Bowl Story Denny Burke 1952-08-24
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie The Screen Writer Young Actress (uncredited) 1950-09-13
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02