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Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 3, 1927, beautiful actress Carol Ohmart grew up in the Seattle, Washington area but returned to Utah upon her parents' divorce. The beautiful teenager became Miss Utah 1946, and she was fourth runner-up in the 1946 Miss America contest. Relocating to New York and beginning a modeling career in the late 1940s, Ohmart often appeared on the covers of a variety of magazines through the mid 1950s. She also did commercials for early TV programs, first appearing on the NBC program Versatile Varieties in 1949 doing floor wax commercials alongside Anne Francis and Eva Marie Saint; the three actresses also hosted the show, which ended in 1951. An early marriage to Ken Grayson ended in 1951.

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LEFT and CENTER A: Magazine covers featuring Carol Ohmart: 1947 National Police Gazette cover and October 1953 American Hairdresser cover. CENTER B and C: Paramount promotional photos. RIGHT: Ohmart at a premiere with second husband Wayde Preston, star of the 1957-1960 TV series Colt .45. Preston and Ohmart married in 1956 and parted company in 1958

In 1955, Ohmart signed a contract with Paramount Studios, and studio press releases proclaimed her their answer to Marilyn Monroe. Though she was indeed gorgeous, her roles were the opposite of Monroe's vulnerable, naive characters. Rather, Ohmart excelled in portraying ruthless characters who were often driven to murderous, deviant behavoir. Her first two films were the film noir entries The Scarlet Hour (1956; with Tom Tryon and James Gregory) and The Wild Party (1956; with Anthony Quinn and Arthur Franz). Paramount did not pick up Ohmart's contract option, so from there she acted in numerous television shows, including Bronco and Hawaiian Eye and freelanced in several low-budget films, such as Born Reckless (1958; with Mamie Van Doren and Jeff Richards) and House on Haunted Hill (1959; with Vincent Price and Richard Long).

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The Scarlet Hour (1956)

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LEFT and CENTER A: As femme fatale Paulie Nevins in Paramount's The Scarlet Hour, Ohmart's first film. CENTER B: With Tom Tryon. RIGHT: With James Gregory

The Wild Party (1956)

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From the film noir release The Wild Party. LEFT: United Artists promotional photo. CENTER and RIGHT: With Arthur Franz and Anthony Quinn

House on Haunted Hill (1958) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the Allied Artists horror gem House on Haunted Hill, directed by William Castle. LEFT: With Vincent Price as Ohmart's husband. CENTER A, B, and C: As Annabelle Loren (thanks to Michael Barnum). LEFT: Ohmart meets her end

Born Reckless (1958)

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With Jeff Richards in the Warner Bros. drama Born Reckless

The Scavengers (1959)

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As Marion Allison in the low-budget crime drama The Scavengers

One Man's Way (1964) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the United Artists biopic One Man's Way with Don Murray as Norman Vincent Peale

Spider Baby (1964) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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With cult favorite Sid Haig in Jack Hill's brilliant horror flick Spider Baby. Shot in early 1964 for $65,000, this film sat on the shelf until its January 1968 release

Branded (1965-1966 NBC TV series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Ohmart guest-starred on an April 1966 episode of the NBC western series Branded titled Headed for Doomsday. Also pictured is Burgess Meredith

The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe (1974)

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Ohmart portrays Lisa Grimaldi in the Cinerama horror flick The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe, Ohmart's last film

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Carol Ohmart is remembered best for her role as Annabelle Loren in the 1958 Allied Artists release The House on Haunted Hill, in which she portrays Vincent Price's murder-plotting wife. This film was directed by William Castle, who used to spice up his horror films with "ballyhoo" designed to bring in audiences. The gimmick used in The House on Haunted Hill was "Emerg-O," which amounted to little more than a skeleton mounted on a wire that would swoop down on audiences during climactic moments.

While Ohmart's film career was never what it should have been, she logged many hours as a guest-star on popular television shows, including Perry Mason, Route 66, Get Smart, and Mannix, among others. Her few film appearances in the 1960s include Jack Hill's Spider Baby (1964; with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Sid Haig), One Man's Way (1964; with Don Murray), and the seldom-seen Caxambu (1967; with John Ireland and Keith Larsen). In the late 1960s, Ohmart abandoned her acting career, briefly picking it up again in the early 1970s on television and in her final film, The Spectre of Edgar Allen Poe (1974; with Robert Walker Jr. and Cesar Romero). Afterward, Ohmart left Hollywood and acting for good in favor of studying metaphysics. She remarried in the late 1970s and moved to Seattle. Now 86 years old, Ohmart remains retired from acting.

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TELEVISION
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.
Branded: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1965) DVD
All 32 episodes from season two--including "Judge Not," "I Killed Jason McCord," "The Greatest Coward on Earth," "Nice Day for a Hanging," and "Kellie"--are featured in a three-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurettes. **32 episodes on 3 discs. 13 hrs.**
Branded: The Complete Series [DVD] DVD
Chuck Connors was "scorned as the one who ran" in this 1965-66 frontier drama as Jason McCord, a decorated 1870s Cavalry officer wrongly accused of cowardice as the sole survivor of a battle with Indians. Drummed out of the army, McCord wanders the plains, helping people in need and trying to clear his name. All 48 episodes of the series--including "Survival," the three-part "The Mission," "The Brave Endure," "I Killed Jason McCord," and "Kellie"--are featured in a six-disc set. 19 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurettes. **48 episodes on 6 discs. 19 3/4 hrs.**
Get Smart: The Complete Series [DVD] DVD
All 138 episodes from the complete seasons 1-5 of "Get Smart" are presented in a 25-disc set. **138 episodes on 25 discs.**
Barnaby Jones: The First Season [DVD](1973) DVD
All 13 episodes from the first season--including "Requiem for a Son," "The Murdering Class," "The Loose Connection," "A Little Glory, A Little Death," and "Twenty Million Alibis"--have been collected in a four-disc set. 11 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; TV spots. **13 episodes on 4 discs. 11 hrs.**

FILM
House On Haunted Hill (B&W/Color Versions) [DVD](1959) DVD
A sinister host offers a group of people $10,000 each if they'll spend the night in his macabre mansion, then does his best (or worst) to see that no one collects! Spook-filled shocker from the legendary William Castle stars Vincent Price, Richard Long, Carol Ohmart, and Elisha Cook, Jr.; not in "Emergo." Includes both the original black-and-white and the newly colorized versions. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.
RiffTrax: House On Haunted Hill [DVD](1959) DVD
75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary.
Wild Youth [DVD](1960) DVD
Two teenage inmates of a desert "honor farm" break out, joining up with a murderer on the lam. Together, the trio searches for a stash of heroin that is hidden in a doll. But will they locate the missing drugs, or just find themselves in a heap of trouble? Campy juvenile delinquent exploitation classic stars Carol Ohmart, Robert Hutton, John Goddard, Robert Arthur. AKA: "Naked Youth." Soundtrack: English.
One Man's Way [DVD](1964) DVD
This memorable drama delivers an inspiring biography of Norman Vincent Peale (Don Murray), the son of an abusive Ohio clergyman, whose faith in God and unorthodox religious beliefs led to his writing of the best-seller "The Power of Positive Thinking." As it turns out, the power of positive thinking does much to enrich Peale's life and the lives of others. Diana Hyland, William Windom, and Virginia Christine also star. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Spider Baby [DVD](1964) DVD
AKA "Cannibal Orgy," "The Liver Eaters" and even "The Maddest Story Ever Told," this gory goodie stars Lon Chaney Jr. as the manservant to a family of cannibals who helps out at mealtimes. Wonderful low-budget horror-comedy from director Jack Hill ("Switchblade Sisters") features a title song sung by Chaney himself! With Sid Haig, Carol Ohmart and Mantan Moreland. 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono; audio commentary by Hill; footage from the 30th anniversary reunion; scene access.

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FILM
The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe (1974) with Robert Walker Jr., Tom Drake, and Cesar Romero
Caxambu (1967) with John Ireland and Keith Larsen
Spider Baby (1964) with Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, and Quinn Redeker
One Man's Way (1964) with Don Murray and Diana Hyland
Wild Youth (1960) with Robert Hutton
The Scavengers (1959) with Vince Edwards and Vic Diaz
Born Reckless (1958) with Mamie Van Doren, Jeff Richards, Arthur Hunnicutt, and Don 'Red' Barry
House on Haunted Hill (1958) with Vincent Price, Elisha Cook, Jr., and Richard Long; directed by William Castle
The Wild Party (1956) with Anthony Quinn, Arthur Franz, Kathryn Grant, and Barbara Nichols
The Scarlet Hour (1956) with Tom Tryon, James Gregory, Elaine Stritch, E.G. Marshall, Billy Gray, and Nat 'King' Cole

TELEVISION SERIES
Versatile Varieties, live NBC variety series produced from 1949 through 1951

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Barnaby Jones, episode A Little Glory, a Little Death, originally aired April 29, 1973
Mannix, episode The Crimson Halo, originally aired October 1, 1972
Branded, episode Headed for Doomsday, originally aired April 10, 1966
Get Smart, episode Aboard the Orient Express, originally aired December 11, 1965
The Third Man, episode Mischka, originally aired July 9, 1962
Everglades, episode The Four Day Weekend, originally aired June 12, 1962
Coronado 9, episode Blonde Herring, originally aired May 23, 1961
77 Sunset Strip, episode Designing Eye, originally aired May 12, 1961
77 Sunset Strip, episode Open and Close in One, originally aired March 19, 1961
Michael Shayne, episode Murder Is a Fine Art, originally aired March 17, 1961
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Angry Dead Man, originally aired February 25, 1961
Michael Shayne, episode The Man with a Cane, originally aired January 6, 1961
Route 66, episode Sheba, originally aired January 6, 1961
Ripcord, episode Air Carnival, originally aired 1961
77 Sunset Strip, episode The Affairs of Adam Gallante, originally aired December 9, 1960
Dante, episode The Bavarian Barbarians, originally aired November 28, 1960
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode The Wade Place, originally aired November 28, 1960
The Chevy Mystery Show, episode Murder by the Book, originally aired September 4, 1960
Tombstone Territory, episode The Siesta Killer, originally aired May 20, 1960
Lock Up, episode Poker Club, originally aired March 12, 1960
Men Into Space, episode Dark of the Sun, originally aired March 9, 1960
Bat Masterson, episode Six Feet of Gold, originally aired February 25, 1960
Richard Diamond, Private Detective, episode Seven Swords, originally aired January 18, 1960
M Squad, episode The Ivy League Bank Robbers, originally aired December 25, 1959
77 Sunset Strip, episode The Texas Doll, originally aired December 11, 1959
Hawaiian Eye, episode The Quick Return, originally aired December 2, 1959
Shotgun Slade, episode Marked Money, originally aired November 16, 1959
Bachelor Father, episode Bentley and the Dog Trainer, originally aired September 24, 1959
Man Without a Gun, episode Devil's Acres, originally aired June 30, 1959
Bat Masterson, episode Promised Land, originally aired June 10, 1959
77 Sunset Strip, episode Strange Girl in Town, originally aired May 29, 1959
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, episode The Actress, originally aired April 14, 1959
Bronco, episode Backfire, originally aired April 7, 1959
Special Agent 7, episode Border Masquerade, originally aired January 15, 1959
The Millionaire, episode The Pete Hopper Story, originally aired December 10, 1958
Northwest Passage, episode The Assassin, originally aired November 16, 1958
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode The Still Trumpet, originally aired April 3, 1957
Lux Video Theatre, The Guilty, originally aired October 11, 1956
Lights Out, episode Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, originally aired March 27, 1950

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