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Also Known As: Debralee Griffin Died:
Born: August 19, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, USA Profession: actor

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A sexy yet invariably sympathetic and demure leading lady of the 1950s, Debra Paget was often cast in exotic roles, such as Native American or South Seas maiden princesses, in a series of fairly routine melodramas and Westerns of the period. A lovely brunette, she had a warm, pleasant and romantic screen image, though for much of her 15 years in the movies she was used for largely decorative purposes, as the obligatory ingenue, romantic partner or second lead.Paget acquired brief acting experience on the stage while still in her early teens before being signed by 20th Century-Fox. She made a creditable film debut in director Robert Siodmak's stunning film noir "Cry of the City" (1948) and Fox began building her up. "Broken Arrow" (1950) proved a big popular success: it made Jeff Chandler a star, moved Jimmy Stewart successfully into Westerns, and gave Paget her first prominent and typical role as Sonseeahray, all shot in the Technicolor which became standard for her. "Anne of the Indies" (1951), unfortunately, gave her another typical role: Louis Jourdan's helpless wife, almost sold into slavery by lusty pirate Jean Peters. Paget did, however, do her level best as the princess who must save her...

A sexy yet invariably sympathetic and demure leading lady of the 1950s, Debra Paget was often cast in exotic roles, such as Native American or South Seas maiden princesses, in a series of fairly routine melodramas and Westerns of the period. A lovely brunette, she had a warm, pleasant and romantic screen image, though for much of her 15 years in the movies she was used for largely decorative purposes, as the obligatory ingenue, romantic partner or second lead.

Paget acquired brief acting experience on the stage while still in her early teens before being signed by 20th Century-Fox. She made a creditable film debut in director Robert Siodmak's stunning film noir "Cry of the City" (1948) and Fox began building her up. "Broken Arrow" (1950) proved a big popular success: it made Jeff Chandler a star, moved Jimmy Stewart successfully into Westerns, and gave Paget her first prominent and typical role as Sonseeahray, all shot in the Technicolor which became standard for her. "Anne of the Indies" (1951), unfortunately, gave her another typical role: Louis Jourdan's helpless wife, almost sold into slavery by lusty pirate Jean Peters. Paget did, however, do her level best as the princess who must save her people by jumping into an ever-demanding volcano in a lavish, enjoyably hokey remake of the standard Pacific island fable, "Bird of Paradise" (1951). She continued with Fox until the mid-50s, frequently teamed with either Robert Wagner ("Stars and Stripes Forever" 1952; "Prince Valiant" 1954) or Jeffrey Hunter ("Fourteen Hours" 1951; "Princess of the Nile" 1954). Paget sometimes played second fiddle to more established female stars such as Myrna Loy and Jeanne Crain ("Belles on Their Toes" 1952) or Susan Hayward ("Demetrius and the Gladiators" 1954), or did her best to look good in period garb as the sweep of historical spectacle took over, as with her lovely Cosette in the decent "Les Miserables" (1952).

After parting company from Fox, Paget continued playing such established types as Native Americans ("White Feather" 1955; "The Last Hunt" 1956) or suffering, devoted girlfriends in historical epics, perhaps most notably in Cecil B. DeMille's remake of "The Ten Commandments" (1956). She formed an attractively sincere couple with Elvis Presley in "Love Me Tender" (1956), but the emphasis was clearly on the rock'n'roll newcomer. Paget eventually made a few films abroad, most notably Fritz Lang's strange adventure saga "The Indian Tomb" (1960), and finished her Hollywood career with appearances in two stylish period horror offerings from American International Pictures, "Tales of Terror" (1962) and "The Haunted Palace" (1963).

Paget was married for four months to actor and singer David Street in 1958 and was later married to director Budd Boetticher for 22 days. Paget left the entertainment field in 1964 after marrying Louis C Kung, a Chinese-American nephew of Madame Chiang Kai-Shek who was successful in the oil industry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cleopatra's Daughter (1963) Shila
2.
 The Haunted Palace (1963) Ann Ward
3.
 Tales of Terror (1962) Helene
4.
 Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961) Linda Marlow
5.
 Why Must I Die? (1960) Dottie [Manson]
6.
 Indian Tomb, The (1959) Seetha
7.
 From the Earth to the Moon (1958) Virginia Nicholl
8.
 Omar Khayyam (1957) Sharain
9.
 The River's Edge (1957) Meg Cameron
10.
 The Last Hunt (1956) Indian girl
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1946:
Made stage debut in a production of Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
:
Signed by 20th Century-Fox
1948:
Made feature film debut in "Cry of the City"
1950:
Played first female lead, and first role as a Native American maiden, in "Broken Arrow", which was also her first film in color
1955:
Exclusive appearances for 20th Century-Fox broken with her first film not for Fox, "White Feather"
1957:
Last film for Fox, "The River's Edge"
1959:
First film outside the United States, "The Indian Tomb/The Tiger of Eschnapur", a West German production directed by Fritz Lang
1963:
Last film to date, "The Haunted Palace"
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Education

Hollywood Professional School: Hollywood , California -

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companion:
Howard Hughes. Businessman.
companion:
Elvis Presley. Actor, singer. In a 1997 interview, Paget claimed Presley wanted to marry her.
husband:
David Street. Actor, singer. Married in 1958 for about four months before the marriage was annulled.
husband:
Budd Boetticher. Director. Married in 1960 but separated after only 22 days; divorce became official in 1961.
husband:
Louis C Kung. Oilman. Married in 1964; divorced in 1980; Chinese-American; one of his aunts was Madame Chiang Kai-Shek.
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