Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 110

Birthday 1929-08-23

Place of Birth Boise City, Oklahoma, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Journey to the unknown as June Wiley
2010 The Psycho Legacy as Herself (archive footage)
1995 Separate Lives as Dr. Ruth Goldin
1989 The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro as Sophie Kubacki
1985 International Airport as Elaine Corley
1985 Into the Night as Joan Caper
1984 Crazy like a Fox(1 episode)
1984 The Initiation as Frances Fairchild
1984 Murder, She Wrote(2 episodes)
1984 Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues as Kate Keller
1983 Hotel(4 episodes)
1983 BrainWaves as Marian Koonan
1983 Psycho II as Lila Loomis
1982 Mazes and Monsters as Cat
1982 Matt Houston(1 episode)
1980 Magnum, P.I.(1 episode)
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century(2 episodes)
1978 And I Alone Survived as Irene Elder
1977 Run for the Roses as Clarissa Stewart
1977 Fire! as Martha Wagner
1976 How the West Was Won(2 episodes)
1975 Ellery Queen(1 episode)
1974 The Strange and Deadly Occurrence as Christine Rhodes
1974 Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)
1974 The Castaway Cowboy as Henrietta MacAvoy
1974 Movin' On(1 episode)
1973 One Little Indian as Doris
1973 Baffled! as Andrea Glenn
1972 Molly and Lawless John as Molly Parker
1972 A Great American Tragedy as Gloria Wilkes
1972 The Streets of San Francisco(1 episode)
1971 A Howling in the Woods as Rose Staines
1971 Columbo(1 episode) as Viveca Scott
1971 Cannon(2 episodes)
1971 In Search Of America as Jenny Olson
1971 Alias Smith and Jones(1 episode)
1970 The Wild Country as Kate Tanner
1969 Medical Center(1 episode)
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D.(1 episode)
1969 It Takes All Kinds as Laura Ring
1968 Hellfighters as Madelyn Buckman
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1968 Kona Coast as Melissa Hyde
1968 Sergeant Ryker as Ann Ryker
1967 Mannix(1 episode)
1967 Judd for the Defense(1 episode)
1967 The Spirit Is Willing as Kate Powell
1967 Ironside(4 episodes)
1966 One of Our Spies Is Missing as Madame Raine De Sala
1966 Follow Me, Boys! as Vida Downey
1966 ABC Stage 67(1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I.(1 episode)
1965 I Spy(83 episodes) as Rachel
1965 Run for Your Life(1 episode)
1965 Those Calloways as Lydia (Liddy) Calloway
1964 The Hanged Man as Lois Seeger
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(2 episodes) as Madame Raine De Sala
1964 The Unknown as Kassia Paine
1964 A Tiger Walks as Dorothy Williams
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(1 episode)
1963 Mr. Novak(1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law(1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1963 The Outer Limits(1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1962 The Virginian(2 episodes)
1962 Sam Benedict(1 episode)
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Hallie Stoddard
1961 Back Street as Liz Saxon
1961 The Lawbreakers as Angela Walsh
1961 The Asphalt Jungle(1 episode)
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1960 My Three Sons(3 episodes)
1960 Psycho as Lila Crane
1960 Incident at a Corner
1960 5 Branded Women as Daniza
1959 A Touch of Larceny as Virginia Killain
1959 The Detectives(2 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode) as Millicent Barnes
1959 The FBI Story as Lucy Ann Hardesty
1959 Riverboat(1 episode)
1959 Web of Evidence as Lena Anderson
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1957 Panic Button as Carolyn Cook
1957 Beau James as Betty Compton
1956 The Wrong Man as Rose Balestrero
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)
1956 Autumn Leaves as Virginia Hanson
1956 The Steve Allen Show(1 episode)
1956 23 Paces to Baker Street as Jean Lennox
1956 The Searchers as Laurie Jorgensen
1955 Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year as Ruth Dahlberg
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode) as Elsa Spann
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 Wichita as Laurie McCoy
1955 Tarzan's Hidden Jungle as Jill Hardy
1955 The Millionaire(1 episode)
1954 Climax!(3 episodes)
1954 Pride of the Blue Grass as Linda
1953 The Charge at Feather River as Jennie McKeever
1953 General Electric Theater(5 episodes)
1953 City Detective(1 episode)
1952 The Rose Bowl Story as Denny Burke
1952 For Men Only as Kathy
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(4 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre(4 episodes)
1950 The Screen Writer as Young Actress
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(1 episode)

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