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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 109

Birthday 1919-12-11

Day of Death 2000-12-10

Place of Birth Marysvale, Utah, USA

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Also Known As

  • Emily Marie Bertelsen

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2001 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures as Herself
1988 Supercarrier (3 episodes)
1987 Commando Squad as Casey
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1984 Tales from the Darkside (1 episode)
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
1981 Simon & Simon (3 episodes)
1981 Lovely But Deadly as Aunt May
1981 The Perfect Woman as Zelda
1979 Salem's Lot (2 episodes) as Eva Miller
1978 The Incredible Hulk (1 episode)
1977 Lou Grant (1 episode)
1976 Freaky Friday as Mrs Murphy
1976 Charlie's Angels (2 episodes)
1975 Hearts of the West as Woman in Nevada
1973 The Outfit as Madge Coyle
1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal as Mrs. Green
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter as Goldie
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1969 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys as Polly
1969 Bracken's World (26 episodes) as Sally
1968 Adam-12 (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1968 The Outsider (1 episode)
1967 Mannix (2 episodes)
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 The Legend of Jesse James (1 episode)
1965 Branded (1 episode)
1964 Mail Order Bride as Hannah
1964 Bedtime Story as Mrs. Sutton
1963 Critic's Choice as Sally Orr
1963 The Day Mars Invaded Earth as Claire Fielding
1962 Paradise Alley as Linda Belita
1959 Hawaiian Eye (2 episodes)
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (2 episodes)
1959 The Rebel (1 episode)
1959 The Alaskans (1 episode)
1959 Bonanza (1 episode) as Mrs. Elizabeth Lassiter
1959 Rawhide (3 episodes)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 Yancy Derringer (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Day of the Badman as Cora Johnson
1957 The Story of Mankind as Josephine Bonaparte
1957 The Girl in Black Stockings as Julia Parry
1957 The Parson and the Outlaw as Tonya
1957 Maverick (2 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (4 episodes)
1957 The Unholy Wife as Gwen
1956 Swamp Women as Josie Nardo
1956 The Killing as Sherry Peatty
1955 Tom and Jerry as Lola
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 No Man's Woman as Carolyn Ellenson Grant
1955 Two-Gun Lady as Bess
1955 Cheyenne (2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy as Madame Rontru
1955 The Silver Star as Karen Childress
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 The Bounty Hunter as Alice Williams
1954 The Whistler (1 episode)
1954 Hell's Half Acre as Rose
1953 The Eddie Cantor Story as Cleo Abbott
1953 Cat-Women of the Moon as Helen Salinger
1953 So This Is Love as Marilyn Montgomery
1953 City That Never Sleeps as Lydia Biddel
1953 Trouble Along the Way as Anne Williams McCormick
1953 City Detective (1 episode)
1953 The Tall Texan as Laura Tompson
1952 The Jungle as Princess Mari
1952 The Sniper as Jean Darr
1952 The Narrow Margin as Mrs. Frankie Neall
1952 Outlaw Women as Iron Mae McLeod
1952 Japanese War Bride as Fran Sterling
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Two Dollar Bettor as Mary Slate
1951 Hurricane Island as Jane Bolton
1951 Little Big Horn as Celie Donlin
1950 Frenchie as Diane Gorman
1950 Double Deal as Terry Miller
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 The Showdown as Adelaide
1950 Dakota Lil as Dakota Lil
1949 The Fighting Kentuckian as Ann Logan
1949 Hellfire as Mary Carson / Doll Brown
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend as LaBelle Bergere (uncredited)
1949 Outpost in Morocco as Cara
1948 Force of Evil as Edna Tucker
1948 The Three Musketeers as Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
1948 The Pirate as Madame Lucia
1947 Song of the Thin Man as Helen Amboy
1947 The Hucksters as Girl on Train (uncredited)
1947 Living in a Big Way as Jane, Junior League Girl (uncredited)
1947 I Love My Wife BUT! as Saleswoman (uncredited)
1946 I Love My Husband, But! as Bridge Player (uncredited)
1946 The Lady or the Tiger? as The Princess
1943 Let's Face It as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
1942 George Washington Slept Here as Extra at Train Station (uncredited)
1942 Eyes in the Night as Actress at Rehearsal (uncredited)
1942 The Big Street as Florida Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1942 Parachute Nurse as Company 'C' Girl
1942 Four Jacks and a Jill as Girl Applying Makeup (uncredited)
1941 Weekend for Three as Old Field Inn Patron
1941 All-American Co-Ed as Carrot Queen (uncredited)

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