Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Adele Mara, R. I. P.

Adele Mara's name always jumped out at me when it was in the credits, maybe because I found it unusual and intriguing. She was in many movies and TV shows, including this one, lost in the dim memory of another time.

Actress Adele Mara dies at 87| Afterword: Obituaries | Los Angeles Times: "Adele Mara, a film and television actress whose many credits included the 1949 John Wayne film 'Sands of Iwo Jima,' died Friday of natural causes at her home in Pacific Palisades, said her son, John Huggins. She was 87.

Born April 28, 1923, in Highland Park, Mich., Mara started dancing as a youth and was discovered by bandleader Xavier Cugat, her son said. She moved with her parents to Philadelphia to dance with Cugat's band, then moved to Hollywood and began working in movies regularly in the 1940s.

Her other credits included 'Angel in Exile' in 1948 and films starring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.

In 1953, she married Roy Huggins, a writer and producer who created such hit television shows as '77 Sunset Strip,' 'Maverick' and 'The Fugitive.' He died in 2002."

Hat tip to Ivan Shreve, Jr., at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.

1 comment:

Dan said...

I remember Mara (is that a good title for a book/movie?) for her attractive bitchiness in things like THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST and CATMAN OF PARIS, and she left BACK FROM ETERNITY far too early.