Born Emma Matzo in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on September 29, 1922, gorgeous actress Lizabeth Scott made her way to New York at an early age. She worked as a model while attending acting school, and by the time she was 20 years old, Scott was an understudy to Tallulah Bankhead. She was spotted by producer Hal B. Wallis, who put her under contract in the mid 1940s. Wallis had just left Warner Bros. and signed a deal with Paramount. Therefore, most of Scott's films were released by Paramount. She would remain under contract to Wallis until 1957, when she walked away from show business.

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Various shots of Lizabeth Scott, mostly from Paramount

Paramount's publicity machine dubbed Scott "The Threat" in order to create an on-screen persona for the beautiful actress. Scott's smoky sensuality lent itself to the film noir genre, and beginning with The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946; with Barbara Stanwyck), Paramount cast her in a string of thrillers. Due to a slight resemblance and similar voices, initially Scott was compared to Lauren Bacall, and even more so after Scott starred with Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart, in the noir thriller Dead Reckoning (1947). But Scott proved to be unlike any of her contemporaries, turning in one solid performance after another.

the films of lizabeth scott

You Came Along (1945)

Lizabeth Scott and Robert Cummings

With Robert Cummings in You Came Along, Scott's first film

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Lizabeth Scott and Van Helfin

From The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Van Helfin

Dead Reckoning (1947)

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From Dead Reckoning. LEFT: Beautiful pose. RIGHT: With Humphrey Bogart

Desert Fury (1947)

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Stills from the Paramount film noir thriller Desert Fury. LEFT: With John Hodiak and Wendell Corey. CENTER A: With Mary Astor. CENTER B: With John Hodiak. RIGHT: With John Hodiak and Mary Astor

I Walk Alone (1948)

Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott, and Burt Lancaster

With Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in I Walk Alone. Like Scott, both Douglas and Lancaster were discovered for films by Hal Wallis

Pitfall (1948)

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Images from the underrated United Artists film noir thriller Pitfall. LEFT: With Raymond Burr. RIGHT: Raymond Burr threatens Scott and Dick Powell

Too Late for Tears (1949)

Lizabeth Scott and Don DeFore

With Don DeFore in the Republic noir Too Late for Tears

Easy Living (1949)

Victor Mature, Lizabeth Scott, Lucille Ball, and Sonny Tufts

From the RKO drama Easy Living, with Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, and Sonny Tufts

Paid in Full (1950)

Robert Cummings, Diana Lynn, and Lizabeth Scott

With Robert Cummings and Diana Lynn in the Paramount drama Paid in Full

The Racket (1951)

Lizabeth Scott

From the RKO film The Racket

Silver Lode (1954)

Lizabeth Scott and John Payne

With John Payne in Silver Lode

Loving You (1957)

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LEFT: With Dolores Hart, Elvis Presley, and Wendell Corey in Loving You, Elvis's second film. RIGHT: With frequent co-star Wendell Corey

later years

In the mid 1950s, a scandalous article in Confidential magazine, alluding to her sexual preferences, threatened to ruin Lizabeth Scott's acting career; after the release of Silver Lode (1954), Scott made no other films until 1956. In 1955, she sued Confidential for running the story. Ironically, Scott was also dogged by rumors of a relationship with producer Hal Wallis, who was at the time married to comedic actress Louise Fazenda. (Fazenda passed away in 1962, and Wallis married actress Martha Hyer in 1966.) With all the public scrutiny of her private life, it's little wonder that Scott left the business when her contract ended. Following her retirement from acting, Scott embarked upon a singing career, later to resurface in film and on television only sporadically in the 1960s and 1970s. She also did some voice-over work in the 1960s for a series of commercials, and into the 1990s Scott occasionally made public appearances, usually at film festivals. Sadly, Lizabeth Scott died of heart failure on January 31, 2015. Although she was romantically linked to a variety of famous and wealthy men over the course of decades, Scott never married and left no heirs.

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Pulp (1972) with Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, and Lionel Stander
Loving You (1957) with Elvis Presley, Wendell Corey, Dolores Hart, and James Gleason
The Weapon (1956) with Steve Cochran, Herbert Marshall, and Nicole Maurey
Silver Lode (1954) with John Payne, Dan Duryea, John Hudson, Stuart Whitman, Harry Carey Jr., and Alan Hale Jr.
Bad for Each Other (1953) with Charlton Heston, Dianne Foster, Arthur Franz, Ray Collins, Marjorie Rambeau, and Ann Robinson
Scared Stiff (1953) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Carmen Miranda
A Stolen Face (1952) with Paul Henreid
The Racket (1951) with Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, William Talman, Ray Collins, Joyce Mackenzie, Robert Hutton, William Conrad, Les Tremayne, and Don Porter
Red Mountain (1951) with Alan Ladd, John Ireland, Arthur Kennedy, Jeff Corey, Neville Brand, Whit Bissell, and Jay Silverheels
Two of a Kind (1951) with Edmond O'Brien and Terry Moore
The Company She Keeps (1950) with Jane Greer, Dennis O'Keefe, John Hoyt, and Don Beddoe
Dark City (1950) with Charlton Heston, Don DeFore, Jack Webb, Viveca Lindfors, and Dean Jagger
Paid in Full (1950) with Robert Cummings, Eve Arden, and John Bromfield, Ray Collins, Kasey Rogers, Carol Channing, Margaret Field, and Dewey Robinson
Easy Living (1949) with Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, Sonny Tufts, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Paar, Jeff Donnell, and Don Beddoe
Too Late for Tears (1949) with Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, and Arthur Kennedy
Pitfall (1948) with Dick Powell, Raymond Burr, Jane Wyatt, and Ann Doran
I Walk Alone (1948) with Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, and Kirk Douglas
Desert Fury (1947) with John Hodiak, Burt Lancaster, Mary Astor, and Wendell Corey
Dead Reckoning (1947) with Humphrey Bogart
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Van Helfin, Judith Anderson, Darryl Hickman, and Ann Doran
You Came Along (1945) with Robert Cummings, Don DeFore, Charles Drake, Julie Bishop, Kim Hunter, Helen Forrest, and Franklin Pangborn

The Third Man, episode The Luck of Harry Lime, originally aired August 27, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Cable Roberts?, originally aired October 4, 1963
Adventures in Paradise, episode The Amazon, originally aired March 21, 1960
The Big Record, originally aired May 14, 1958
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode Overnight Haul, originally aired May 16, 1956
Studio 57, episode I'll Always Love You, Natalie, originally aired December 11, 1955
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater, episode A Hunting We Will Go, originally aired February 21, 1955
Lux Video Theatre, episode Make Believe Bride, originally aired June 11, 1953
Lux Video Theatre, episode Amo, Amas, Amat, originally aired December 1, 1952
Family Theatre, episode The Denver Express, originally aired August 31, 1949

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