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|Also Known As:||Emily Marie Bertelsen||Died:||December 10, 2000|
|Born:||December 11, 1919||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Marysvale, Utah, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor telephone operator|
Though she spent much of her early career mired in low-budget and mediocre B-movies, Marie Windsor's memorable portrayal of a manipulative femme fatale in "Force of Evil" led to steady film and TV work. After appearing in the classic noir film, which was praised for its extensive use of on-location photography and a well-written script, Windsor, a former beauty pageant queen and telephone operator, traded campy roles in films like the science-fiction fantasy "Cat-Women of the Moon" for more serious fare. She landed a major role as a scheming racetrack window teller in the Stanley Kubrick heist film "The Killing," about a veteran criminal's attempt to pull off one last score, and also appeared in such melodramas as the Chicago-set "City that Never Sleeps" and the Oscar-nominated "The Narrow Margin." By the early '60s, Windsor had transitioned from film to television, landing recurring roles on the sketch comedy series "The Red Skelton Hour" and the long-running western "Rawhide." Windsor, who married former Olympic basketball player Jack Hupp in 1954, kept a steady TV presence through the '70s and '80s on popular series like "Charlie's Angels," about three beautiful, intelligentl private investigators, and "Lou Grant," a "Mary Tyler Moore Show" spin-off centered on Ed Asner's gruff but sympathetic newspaper editor. After health problems slowed down her acting career in the '90s, Windsor took up painting and sculpting.
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Marie Windsor (December 11, 1919--December 10, 2000). Sometimes called "Queen of the Bs" because she appeared in so many noirs and b-movies like Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), Marie Windsor was born Emily Bertelson in Marysvale, Piute County, Utah on December 11, 1919. She got her break into movies when she was seen crying while working as a cigarette girl. Film producer Arthur Hornblow saw the young student actress and as a consolation offered her a screen test - eventually leading to her long film career. The 5'9" actress first memorable role was opposite John Garfield in Force of Evil playing seductress Edna Tucker . Windsor also had large roles in film noir movies including The Sniper, The Narrow Margin, City That Never Sleeps and Stanley Kubrick's heist movie The Killing playing Elisha Cook Jr.'s scheming wife. Later in her career she acted in television, appearing on such shows as Maverick (in episodes "The Quick and the Dead" with James Garner and "Epitaph for a Gambler"), The Incredible Hulk, General Hospital and Murder, She Wrote and Rawhide ("Incident on the Edge of Madness"). After her acting career she became a painter and sculptor. She died of undisclosed causes on the day before her 81st birthday, December 10, 2000. She was one of the 500 stars nominated to become one of the 50 greatest American screen legends as part of the American Film Institute's 100 years.
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