Marie Windsor: The Queen of the Bs

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Marie Windsor: The Queen of the BsMarie Windsor was a famous American actress who was born in Marysvale, Utah. She was popularly known as ‘The Queen of the Bs’ as she gave many memorable performances in several film noirs and B-movies. Marie Windsor was born on December 11, 1919 and was named as Emily Marie Bertelson. She had two younger siblings, a brother and sister.

Early career

Marie Windsor was selected as ‘Miss Utah’ in the ‘Miss America Pageant’ during her first year of college at Brigham Young University. She later joined the Russian stage by enrolling in acting classes under the name Maria Ouspenskaya. For several years, she served as a telephone operator to support herself and gradually fought her way towards a successful film career. She signed a contract with MGM in the early 1940s however, MGM never offered her a role what an actress of her caliber deserved. Later, she got the chance to become a radio actress with some offers for stage performances.

Film career

Marie Windsor got her first credible role in the film Noir thriller ‘Force of Evil’ in 1947 in which, she played as a lead role of seductress Edna Tucker opposing John Garfield as her co-star. Some of her famous movies include The Sniper (1951), The Narrow Margin (1952), City That Never Sleeps (1953), Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), Swamp Women (1955) and The Killing (1956).

She was also featured in Roger Corman’s horror/adventure/crime movie called Swamp Women (1955). She was highly praised for her film ‘The Killing’ (1956) in which, she acted as a cold-blooded double-crossing wife of Elisha Cook Jr. The movie won her the title of ‘best supporting actress”. Marie Windsor became quite famous for her negative roles such as betraying wife, slutty girlfriend and a female villain in the movies.

TV actress

After having many incredible performances in movies, Marie Windsor moved to television in 1954 and acted as bandit Belle Starr in the premier episode of Syndicated Western series Stories of the Century that also featured Jim Davis. She continued her journey in television series and was well known for her roles in programs such as Maverick, The Incredible Hulk, Murder, She Wrote, Rawhide, Salem's Lot and many more.

Marriage and personal life

Marie Windsor had married twice in her lifetime; first time with bandleader Ted Steele in 1946 and the second time with Jack Hupp in 1954. However, her married life was not very successful as Jack was still in love with his first wife. She gave birth to a son, Richard Rodney, in 1963. Her stepson, Chris stayed with her and helped her in raising Richard.

Awards and later career

She was amongst the 500 stars who were nominated for ‘50 greatest American screen legends. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild and assisted ‘The Motion Picture’ and ‘Television Fund’. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In her later years, when the Marie Windsor’s acting career was almost finished, she developed an interest in arts and become a painter and sculptor. She suffered from arthritis during her last few years and passed away on December 10, 2000, one day before her 81st birthday in Beverly Hills, California.

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Franck Benedittini

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