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Born Debralee Griffin in Denver, Colorado, on August 19, 1933, stunning actress Debra Paget was schooled in New York, studying dance and drama. Before her 15th birthday, she was signed to a 20th Century-Fox contract in early 1948. The studio gave Paget a small role in Cry of the City (1948; with Victor Mature, Richard Conte, and Shelley Winters), and just two years later she was a featured performer in the western Broken Arrow (1950; with James Stewart and Jeff Chandler). While at Fox, Paget was often cast with leading man Jeffrey Hunter. They co-starred in several films together, including Belles on Their Toes (1952) and Princess of the Nile (1954).

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After scores of westerns and costume dramas, Paget left Fox in 1955 and freelanced for a variety of studios. The death of the studio system harmed Paget's career, and in the late 1950s, Paget headed to Germany to star in the films The Indian Tomb and Tiger of Bengal. She also acted in a few Italian-made films in the early 1960s. In 1962 Paget agreed to star in two horror films for American International Pictures: Tales of Terror (1962; with Vincent Price) and The Haunted Palace (1963; with Vincent Price). After the release of The Haunted Palace, Paget married and retired from the screen.

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Bird of Paradise (1951) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Debra Paget and Louis Jourdan

With Louis Jourdan in Bird of Paradise, a remake of the 1932 film starring Joel McCrea and Dolores del Rio

Fourteen Hours (1951)

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From Fourteen Hours with Jeffrey Hunter

The Gambler from Natchez (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: Promotional photo from the 20th Century Fox adventure The Gambler from Natchez. RIGHT: With Kevin McCarthy

Princess of the Nile (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: Paget in the campy costume drama Princess of the Nile. RIGHT: With Jeffrey Hunter

Love Me Tender (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

James Drury, Elvis Presley, Debra Paget, and Richard Egan

With James Drury, Elvis Presley, and Richard Egan in Love Me Tender, Presley's first film

The River's Edge (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget, and Ray Milland

With Anthony Quinn and Ray Milland in the crime drama The River's Edge

Omar Khayyam (1957)

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From Paramount's Omar Khayyam. LEFT: Paget as Sharain. CENTER and RIGHT: With Cornel Wilde as Omar Khayyam

Why Must I Die? (1960) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Debra Paget

As the murderous Dottie Manson in American International's Why Must I Die?

Tales of Terror (1962) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Debra Paget and Basil Rathbone

With Basil Rathbone in Roger Corman's Poe-inspired Tales of Terror, released by AIP

The Haunted Palace (1963)

Vincent Price and Debra Paget

With Vincent Price in American International's The Haunted Palace, Paget's last film appearance

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Paget left Hollywood and retired to Houston following her 1964 marriage to millionaire Ling Kung. Although the couple divorced in 1980, Paget has never returned to the screen. Paget's first husband was singer David Street, whom she married and divorced in 1958. (Street was the ex-husband of actress Mary Beth Hughes.) She then married director Budd Boetticher in 1960, but that union ended the following year.

Debra Paget was not the only actor in the family. Her sisters Lisa Gaye and Teala Loring had careers in films and television. Gaye is best known for her role on the syndicated TV series How to Marry a Millionaire, when she replaced Lori Nelson after Nelson left the series. Loring had roles in a number of 1940s films. And her brother Frank Griffin acted in films in the 1950s (such as Teen-Age Crime Wave) before becoming a makeup artist.

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TELEVISION
Rawhide: The Second Season, Vol. 2 [DVD](1960) DVD
The remaining 16 second-season episodes-including "Incident of the Sharpshooter," "Incident at Sulphur Creek," "Incident of the Stargazer," "Incident of the Silent Web," and "Incident of the Garden of Eden"-are featured in a four-disc set. 13 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **16 episodes on 4 discs. 13 2/3 hrs.**
Burke's Law: Season One, Vol. 1 [DVD](1963) DVD
The first 16 episodes from the first season--including "Who Killed Holly Howard?," "Who Killed Cable Roberts?," "Who Killed Alex Debbs?," "Who Killed the Kind Doctor?," "Who Killed Snooky Martinelli?", and "Who Killed Eleanora Davis?" featuring Debra Paget--have been collected in a four-disc set. 13 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; vintage commercials; more.

FILM
House Of Strangers [DVD](1949) DVD
Compelling drama stars Edward G. Robinson as a heartless banker whose ruthlessness turns three of his sons against him and leads the one loyal child to try to help him at the cost of his own freedom. Richard Conte, Luther Adler, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Paul Valentine are the sons; Susan Hayward, Debra Paget co-star. 100 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.
Broken Arrow [DVD](1950) DVD
Director Delmer Daves ("3:10 to Yuma") deftly handles this sprawling western drama that takes a sympathetic stance towards the plight of the Indians. Peace-seeking frontiersman James Stewart enlists the aid of Cochise (Jeff Chandler) in striking an accord between the Apache and settlers. 93 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; newsreel footage; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.
Bird Of Paradise [DVD](1951) DVD
French soldier-of-fortune Louis Jourdan journeys to Polynesia alongside his college chum, native chieftain's son Jeff Chandler, and finds himself taken with the beautiful sights...particularly his friend's sister, Debra Paget. Can their mutual attraction weather the cultural divide or the locals' notion of how to appease an active volcano? Handsome version of the Richard Walton Tully play co-stars Everett Sloane, Jack Elam; Delmer Daves directs. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Belles On Their Toes [DVD](1952) DVD
Heartfelt and funny sequel to 1950's "Cheaper by the Dozen" finds the widowed Myrna Loy trying to fend for herself and her 12 kids. After receiving rejections from potential employers because of her gender, Loy takes a job training engineers for Edward Arnold's company. Meanwhile, eldest daughter Jeanne Crain finds romance with young physician Jeffrey Hunter. With Debra Paget, Hoagy Carmichael. 89 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
Cheaper By The Dozen (1950)/Belles On Their Toes (1952) [DVD] DVD
Before "The Brady Bunch" or "Eight Is Enough," audiences delighted to "Cheaper by the Dozen," starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy as the proud parents of 12 in early-1900s New England. The ever-fastidious Webb's attempts to keep the household running efficiently drive this nostalgic comedy/drama, based on a true story. With Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan. And, the heartfelt sequel "Belles on Their Toes" finds the widowed Loy trying to fend for herself and her 12 kids. After receiving rejections from potential employers because of her gender, Loy takes a job training engineers for Edward Arnold's company. Meanwhile, eldest daughter Crain finds romance with young physician Jeffrey Hunter. With Debra Paget, Hoagy Carmichael. 175 min.
Les Miserables (1935)/Les Miserables (1952) [DVD] DVD
Two film versions of Victor Hugo's classic novel are featured. First, Fredric March stars as Jean Valjean, the petty thief in 18th-century France who escapes jail and begins a new life, and Charles Laughton is the unfeeling and unceasing Inspector Javert. Also stars Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson. Then, Michael Rennie takes over the role of Valjean, with Robert Newton as his implacable pursuer and Debra Paget as Valjean's ward Cosette, in director Lewis Milestone's 1952 production. Edmund Gwenn, Sylvia Sidney also star. 3 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurette; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.
The Gambler From Natchez [DVD](1954) DVD
New Orleans, the 1840s: Returning home from his service, a young Army officer (Dale Robertson) is stunned to learn that his notorious cardsharp father was gunned down after having been caught cheating. Certain that the old man had been set up, the soldier gets the aid of a riverboat captain (Thomas Gomez) and his beautiful daughter (Debra Paget) to track down those responsible and clear the family name. Kevin McCarthy, Woody Strode co-star. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Princess Of The Nile [DVD](1954) DVD
With her 13th-century Egyptian domain under the thumb of Bedouin conqueror Michael Rennie, deposed regent Debra Paget poses as a dancing girl while planning a counter-insurgency, and makes a needed and valuable ally of visiting Baghdad nobleman Jeffrey Hunter. Lush, fast-paced costume actioner co-stars Michael Ansara, Jack Elam; keep an eye out for Lee Van Cleef. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Demetrius And The Gladiators (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray](1954)
The story of Christian persecution in Ancient Rome begun in "The Robe" continues in this enormously successful sequel. The film follows gladiator Demetrius (Victor Mature) as he struggles to maintain his faith while fighting in the Roman arena and contending with beautiful seductress Messalina (Susan Hayward) and the demented Emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson). With Debra Paget, Michael Rennie, William Marshall, and Ernest Borgnine. 101 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD Surround Master Audio.
Demetrius And The Gladiators [DVD](1954) DVD
The story of Christian persecution in ancient Rome begun in "The Robe" continues here, as arena fighter Victor Mature pits his newfound faith against the might of demented emperor Caligula. Also stars Susan Hayward, Jay Robinson, Debra Paget, Michael Rennie, William Marshall, and Ernest Borgnine. 102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0, Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailers.
Prince Valiant [DVD](1954) DVD
The comic strip hero comes alive. Robert Wagner plays the young prince with the wild bangs who falls for lovely Princess Aleta (Janet Leigh) while battling the evil Black Knight during the days of old Camelot. Thrilling, colorful tale co-starring James Mason, Debra Paget and Sterling Hayden. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; theatrical trailer.
White Feather [DVD](1955) DVD
Accompanying an army colonel (John Lund) as the U.S. military peacefully resettles a Cheyenne tribe away from valuable Wyoming land, a land surveyor (Robert Wagner) places the fragile truce between the whites and Indians in jeopardy when he falls in love with the daughter of tribesman Little Dog (Jeffrey Hunter). This scorching Western drama set in the 1870s also stars Debra Paget, Noah Beery, Jr., and Eduard Franz. 102 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Love Me Tender [Blu-ray](1956)
Elvis Presley makes his feature film debut in this Civil War-era musical drama, playing Clint Reno, a Texas man too young to fight in the war. Clint marries his older brother's sweetheart after the family learns of his death on the battlefield. When Vance turns out to be aive, his return is fraught with emotional turmoil and complications. Songs include "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and the title tune. Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Robert Middleton also star. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, DTS HD mono Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French; audio commentary; featurettes; audio soundtrack.
Love Me Tender [DVD](1956) DVD
Elvis Presley makes his feature film debut in this Civil War-era musical drama. The King plays Clint Reno, a Texas man too young to fight in the war. Clint marries his older brother Vance's sweetheart after the family hears reports of his death on the battlefield. When Vance turns out to be alive, his return is fraught with emotional turmoil and complicated further by a missing government payroll stolen by Vance's comrades-in-arms. Songs include "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and the title tune. Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Robert Middleton also star. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.
The Ten Commandments (Restoration Version) [DVD](1956) DVD
Cecil B. DeMille's final film was this grand-scale religious epic starring Charlton Heston as Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince chosen by God to abandon a life of luxury and lead his fellow Israelites out of slavery. The flight from Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and Moses' receiving of the Commandments are among this classic film's many highlights. With Edward G. Robinson, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Yvonne De Carlo, and a cast of thousands. 3 3/4 hrs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround, French Dolby Digital mono, Portuguese Dolby Digital stereo Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish; audio commentary; newsreel footage; theatrical trailers. Two-disc set.
The Ten Commandments (Restoration Version) [Blu-ray](1956)
Cecil B. DeMille's final film was this grand-scale religious epic starring Charlton Heston as Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince chosen by God to abandon a life of luxury and lead his fellow Israelites out of slavery. The flight from Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and Moses' receiving of the Commandments are among this classic film's many highlights. With Edward G. Robinson, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Yvonne De Carlo, and a cast of thousands. 3 3/4 hrs. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital mono, Portuguese Dolby Digital stereo Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; newsreel footage; theatrical trailers; more. Two-disc set.
The Last Hunt (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1956) DVD
Stunning psychological frontier saga focusing on renegade buffalo hunter Robert Taylor, whose obsession with bagging the beasts and killing Indians leads to a dangerous confrontation with former partner Stewart Granger. Richard Brooks wrote and directed this powerful, lushly filmed story; Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget, and Russ Tamblyn co-star. 103 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The River's Edge [DVD](1957) DVD
On the run with a million dollars in stolen loot, crook Ray Milland arrives at the Southwest estate of ex-girlfriend Debra Paget and her husband, rancher Anthony Quinn, and forces them to help him escape across the border into Mexico. The journey across the mountainous terrain is almost as deadly as the love triangle that develops, in this gripping adventure/crime drama. With Harry Carey, Jr. and Chubby Johnson as "Whiskers." 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English stereo, mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Journey To The Lost City [DVD](1959) DVD
An architect working in India stumbles across a magnificent city hidden deep in the jungle that's home to feuding princes, man-eating tigers, and a beautiful native dancer with whom he falls in love. Paul Christian, Debra Paget and Walter Reyer star in this exciting adventure, edited together from director/co-scripter Fritz Lang's German films "The Tiger of Eschnapur" and "The Indian Tomb." 95 min. Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
Why Must I Die? [DVD](1960) DVD
A club singer (Terry Moore) is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to die in the electric chair. As the "dead woman walking" approaches her hour of doomsday, the real killer (Debra Paget) develops a stricken conscience and has an urge to confess. Will justice be served or will an innocent woman fry? Gripping noir melodrama also stars Bert Freed, Lionel Ames. AKA: "13 Steps to Death." 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Cleopatra's Daughter [DVD](1960) DVD
Debra Paget is Shila, Cleopatra's daughter, who has been brought back to Egypt from Syria to marry a psychotic young king named Nemorat. Shila is blamed for the king's death, but, as she awaits execution, her physician lover concocts an escape plan. Filmed in 1960 but released in 1963 following the Taylor-Burton epic, the film also stars Robert Alda. AKA: "Daughter of Cleopatra." Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
Vincent Price: M-G-M Scream Legends Collection [DVD] DVD
Five-disc set includes "Tales of Terror," "Twice-Told Tales," "Witchfinder General," "The Abominable Dr. Phibes," "Dr. Phibes Rises Again," "Theater of Blood," and "Madhouse" (1974).
The Pit And The Pendulum (1961)/Tales Of Terror (1962) [DVD] DVD
First, a young man's search for the truth behind his sister's death leads him into a medieval torture chamber and the demented schemes of brother-in-law Vincent Price. Chilling entry in director Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe series "The Pit and the Pendulum" also stars Barbara Steele, John Kerr. Next, in "Tales of Terror," three chilling short stories by Poe come to the screen in grand fashion under director Roger Corman: "Morella," "The Black Cat," and "The Case of M. Valdemar." Scares are served in generous portions by stars Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone. 169 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

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filmography

FILM
The Haunted Palace (1963) with Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., Barboura Morris, and Bruno VeSota
Tales of Terror (1962) with Vincent Price, Joyce Jameson, Basil Rathbone, and Peter Lorre
The Mercenaries (1962)
Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961) with Elaine Stewart, Ron Randell, Anthony Caruso, Gregg Palmer, and Morris Ankrum
Cleopatra's Daughter (1960) with Robert Alda and Rosalba Neri
Why Must I Die? (1960) with Terry Moore
Journey to the Lost City (1959) with Luciana Paluzzi
The Indian Tomb (1959)
The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959)
From the Earth to the Moon (1958) with George Sanders and Joseph Cotten
Omar Khayyam (1957) with Cornel Wilde, John Derek, and Michael Rennie
The River's Edge (1957) with Anthony Quinn and Ray Milland
Love Me Tender (1956) with Elvis Presley, Richard Egan, Bruce Bennett, William Campbell, and Ken Clark
The Ten Commandments (1956) with Charlton Heston, Yvonne De Carlo, Mike Connors, Woody Strode, Vincent Price, and an all-star cast
The Last Hunt (1956) with Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Russ Tamblyn, and Constance Ford
Seven Angry Men (1955) with Jeffrey Hunter, Raymond Massey, John Lupton, Guy Williams, and James Best
White Feather (1955) with Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Hugh O'Brian, and Robert Wagner
The Gambler from Natchez (1954) with Dale Robertson, Kevin McCarthy, and Woody Strode
Prince Valiant (1954) with Sterling Hayden, James Mason, Janet Leigh, and Robert Wagner
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) with Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Richard Egan, and Ed Fury
Princess of the Nile (1954) with Jeffrey Hunter, Merry Anders, Lee Van Cleef, and Michael Rennie
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) with Clifton Webb and Robert Wagner
Les Miserables (1952) with Michael Rennie, Merry Anders, and Cameron Mitchell
Belles on Their Toes (1952) with Jeffrey Hunter, Merry Anders, Myrna Loy, Martin Milner, and Barbara Bates
Anne of the Indies (1951) with Louis Jourdan and Jean Peters
Bird of Paradise (1951) with Jeff Chandler and Louis Jourdan
Fourteen Hours (1951) with Jeffrey Hunter, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Agnes Moorehead, and Martin Gabel
Broken Arrow (1950) with Jeff Chandler and James Stewart
House of Strangers (1949) with Edward G. Robinson and Susan Hayward
Cry of the City (1948) with Shelley Winters and Victor Mature

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings?, originally aired February 3, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Eleanora Davis?, originally aired December 20, 1963
Rawhide, episode Hostage Child, originally aired March 9, 1962
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode Man of Another Breed, originally aired December 2, 1961
Rawhide, episode Incident in the Garden of Eden, originally aired June 17, 1960
The Millionaire, episode Millionaire Mara Robinson, originally aired April 26, 1960
Johnny Ringo, episode East Is East, originally aired January 7, 1960
The DuPont Show with June Allyson, episode No Place to Hide, originally aired December 21, 1959
The Man and the Challenge, episode Invisible Force, originally aired October 17, 1959
Riverboat , episode The Unwilling, originally aired October 11, 1959
Wagon Train, episode The Stagecoach Story, originally aired September 30, 1959
Cimarron City, episode The Beauty and the Sorrow, originally aired February 7, 1959
Wagon Train, episode The Marie Dupree Story, originally aired March 19, 1958
Climax!, episode Carnival at Midnight, originally aired January 3, 1957
Climax!, episode The Man Who Lost His Head, originally aired July 26, 1956
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode Gun in His Hand, originally aired April 4, 1956

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Elvis' Women: Debra Paget
Greg Altenberger's Elvis' Women site has a great tribute page for Debra Paget. Be sure to see the other pages at the Elvis' Women site for biographies and photos of Chris Noel, Ann-Margret, Julie Adams, Yvonne Craig, Donna Douglas, Barbara Eden, Pat Priest, Lizabeth Scott, and many more.

Luis' Lisa Gaye Page
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