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|Born:||May 28, 1931||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Joined itinerant dance troupe and toured southern states
Worked as a conjurer's assistant for Burling Hall (known as the Great Volta) who booked her on the Kemp Time Vaudeville Circuit in North Carolina
Moved to New York and danced in a nightclub
Film debut in a bit part in "Easy to Love"
Returned to NY with Russ Morgan's band; acted on TV commercials (including Coca-Cola)
Appeared in workshop production of "A Hatful of Rain" at Actors Studio
Broadway debut, "All Summer Long"
Proved herself a competent actress in her first important movie part as the high-spirited daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in George Stevens' "Giant"
Established herself as a sizzling cinematic presence in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" (screenplay by Tennessee Williams), playing the underaged but overly ripe and buxom title character; Warner Bros signed her to a contract following her work on the film; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination
Portrayed Charles Bickford's tempestuous, pouting daughter in William Wyler's "The Big Country"
Acted opposite Clark Gable in "But Not for Me"
Starred in husband Jack Garfein's second feature film, "Something Wild"
Gets her man (Jimmy Stewart) in star-studded "How the West Was Won" (also first film with George Peppard)
Perfectly exploited as the sexpot among five love-starved men in "Station Six-Sahara"
Role for "The Carpetbaggers" drawn almost wholly from Jean Harlow; second film with Peppard
Reunited with Stevens for "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
Played bad girl turned good in Gordon Douglas' "Sylvia"
Second film of the year with Douglas, "Harlow", rushed through production to compete with the slipshod Carol Linley version of the same year
Moved to Italy, beginning a 10-year period of doing European sexploitation flicks with such catchy titles as "Orgasmo" (1969) and "Baba Yaga--Devil Witch" (1973)
British TV debut, "Rain"
Reprised role of Sadie Thompson in London stage debut of Somerset Maugham's "Rain"
Acted on the stage in American regional theater, Canada and the United Kingdom
Appeared in British-made Disney effort "Watcher in the Woods", starring Bette Davis
Played Dorothy Stratton's mother in "Star 80" and Sigmund Freud's mother in "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud"
Featured role as Gerda Hoffman in "Hitler's SS: Portrait of Evil", an NBC movie released theatrically abroad
Portrayed blind Mrs Dalton in "Native Son"
Delivered sympathetic portrayal as Jack Nicholson's long abandoned wife in "Ironweed"
Villainous turn as the cold-blooded mother of psychopath Richard Tyson in "Kindergarten Cop", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Superb as aging ex-stripper who becomes Margi Clarke's "manager" in "Blonde Fist"
Did a three-week guest stint on TV's "L.A. Law"
Appeared in HBO movie "Skeleton"
Played important role as Michael Douglas' housekeeper in David Fincher's "The Game"
Acted in the TV-movies "North Shore Fish" and "Heart Full of Rain"
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