Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Archive for the ‘1939’ Category

Patricia Viterbo swimming

In 1939, French on June 11, 2018 at 9:57 am

Patricia Viterbo (1939 – 1966): drowned in the Seine River, Paris, while filming Judoka – Secret Agent.

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Christiane Schmidtmer 1939 – 2003

In 1939, German on June 11, 2018 at 9:30 am

Christiane Schmidtmer (1939 – 2003): German pin-up model and actress, on screen 1961 – 2001.

Marisa Mell

In 1939, Austrian on May 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Marisa Mell: Austrian actress, born Marlies Theres Moitzi in Gratz, in 1939; died from cancer in Vienna, in 1992.

Pier Angeli (1932 – 1971)

In 1939, Italian on May 7, 2018 at 2:10 am

Pier Angeli: Italian-American actress born Anna Maria Pierangeli 19 June 1932, Cagliari Italy; died 10 September 1971, age 39, Beverly Hills California; overdose of barbiturates.

After starting in Italian movies in 1950, Angeli and her twin sister Marisa Pavan were brought to Hollywood by their contolling stage mother, and quickly established US careers. Angeli was in a highly publicized marriage and divorce with entertainer Vic Damone 1954 – 1958. After divorcing her second husband in 1969, Angeli made low-budget films in Italy under her own name.

Before her final film, Mexican shocker Octaman (1971) was releasd, she died from an overdose of sleeping pills.

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Barbara Colby (1939 – 1975)

In 1939, American on April 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Barbara Colby: American actress, born 2 July 1939, New York; died 24 July 1975, age 36, Venice California; murder – random shooting.

Colby began her acting career in off-Broadway, then Brodway theatre shows. TV and film appearances began in 1969, though she continued to act in theatre. She is best remembered for two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore show as Sherry Ferris, a call-girl who shares a cell with Moore.

In 1975, Colby and her boyfriend were shot dead while walking in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles in a random act of violence.

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Myrna Ross (1939 – 1975)

In 1939, American on April 29, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Myrna Ross: American actress born 1939 New York; died 26 December 1975, age 36, Granby Colorado; airplane crash.

Dancer, model and Miss New York 1957, 6′ tall Ross was a showgirl in Vegas and a cast member of theatre comedy Pajama Tops before being signed  by American International Pictures to be ‘Goliath’s Mate’ in a national tour promoting the Steve Reeves epic Goliath and the Barbarians (1959). She appeared in movies and TV until 1969, retiring to have two children with fashion designer husband Stuart C. Nelson.

Ross, her mother, her husband, their two daughters and four others died when their small plane crashed into a mountainside during a snowstorm. By the way, IMDB and Wikipedia both mistakenly identify her as Myrna Louise Ross of Akron Ohio; however that particular Myrna Ross is still alive.

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Patricia Viterbo (1939 – 1966)

In 1939, French on April 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Patricia Viterbo: French actress born 21 March 1939 (or 1943), France; died 10 November 1966, age 27, Paris France; drowned in the Seine River following an accident while filming.

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Jan Moriarty (1939 – 1964)

In 1939, American on April 22, 2018 at 6:28 am

Jan Moriarty (above left): American actress and model, born Joanne Moriarty, 5 May 1939, Maywood Illinois; died: 2 March 1964, age 24, Los Angeles California; overdose of sleeping pills.

Moriarty had TV and film credits 1961 – 1964, including a small part as “the umbrella model” in A New Kind of Love (1963) starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. She married actor Harry S. (aka Michael) Parks on 11 January 1964; Parks discovered her body on the night she died.

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Marisa Mell 1939 – 1992

In 1939, Austrian on February 5, 2018 at 8:38 am

Marisa Mell: Austrian actress, born Marlies Theres Moitzi in Gratz, in 1939; died from cancer in Vienna, in 1992.

Marisa Mell 1939 – 1992

In 1939, Austrian on February 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Marisa Mell: Austrian actress, born Marlies Theres Moitzi in Gratz, in 1939; died from cancer in Vienna, in 1992.