Statuesque actress Marie Windsor was born Emily Marie Bertelsen in Marysvale, Utah, on December 11, 1919. Early on, she harbored an interest in acting, taking lessons while still a youth. She went to college to study drama but left Brigham Young University in 1939 for California, to study with famed Russian actress and drama coach Maria Ouspenskaya. Windsor, at 5'9", was also a Varga model. She nailed a contract with MGM in the early 1940s, but the studio never gave her the build-up she deserved, for years casting her in small, sometimes uncredited, roles. She used her time to do considerable radio and stage work. She married bandleader Ted Steele in 1946, but the marriage quickly dissolved.

Marie Windsor

Glamorous 1950s shot of Marie Windsor

Her first important role came in the 1948 film noir thriller Force of Evil; Windsor's tough on-screen persona naturally lent itself to certain film genres, most notably film noir and westerns. From the late 1940s through the late 1950s, she starred in a succession of films, mostly film noir, westerns, and some sci-fi/horror, sometimes making as many as eight films a year for a variety of studios. Some of her best-known films include Cat-Women of the Moon (1953; with Sonny Tufts and Victor Jory), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955; with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello), Swamp Women (1955; with Beverly Garland and Mike Connors), and The Killing (1956; with Sterling Hayden and Coleen Gray).

the films of marie windsor

Outpost in Morocco (1949)

George Raft and Marie Windsor

With George Raft in Outpost in Morocco, one of Windsor's early starring roles

Dakota Lil (1950)

Marie WindsorMarie Windsor and George Montgomery

LEFT: As the title character in Dakota Lil. RIGHT: Lobby card with George Montgomery

Hurricane Island (1951)

Jon Hall and Marie Windsor

With Jon Hall in Hurricane Island

The Sniper (1951)

Marie Windsor

From the film noir thriller The Sniper

Japanese War Bride (1952)

Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor, Don Taylor, and Louise Lorimer

From the 20th Century Fox drama Japanese War Bride with Cameron Mitchell, Don Taylor, and Louise Lorimer

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, Sonny Tufts, and Douglas Fowley

From the cult classic 3-D science fiction flick Cat-Women of the Moon, with Victor Jory, Sonny Tufts, and Douglas Fowley

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Lou Costello and Marie Windsor

Windsor portrays Madame Rontru in the hilarious Universal-International release Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy with Lou Costello

No Man's Woman (1955)

Marie WindsorMarie WindsorJohn Archer and Marie Windsor

LEFT and CENTER: Republic's No Man's Woman was another meaty 'bad girl' role for Windsor. RIGHT: With John Archer

Swamp Women (1955)

Marie Windsor, Mike Connors, and Susan CummingsCarole Mathews, Mike Connors, Jil Jarmyn, and Marie WindsorJil Jarmyn, Marie Windsor, and Carole Mathews

Windsor as the hard-bitten convict Josie in Swamp Women. This film aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as episode 503. LEFT: With Mike Connors and Susan Cummings. CENTER: With Carole Mathews, Mike Connors, and Jil Jarmyn. RIGHT: With Jil Jarmyn and Carole Mathews

The Killing (1956)

Sterling Hayden and Marie Windsor

With Sterling Hayden in the noir thriller The Killing

The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)

Mamie Van Doren, Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, and Marie Windsor

With Mamie Van Doren, Lex Barker, and Anne Bancroft in the film noir serial killer thriller The Girl in Black Stockings

The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962)

Marie Windsor

From another of Windsor's science fiction films, The Day Mars Invaded Earth

Bedtime Story (1964)

Marie Windsor and David Niven

With David Niven in Bedtime Story

The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982 CBS TV Series)

Bill Bixby and Marie Windsor

With Bill Bixby in a 1980 episode of The Incredible Hulk. Windsor portrayed Belle Star in this episode, titled Sideshow

later years

Windsor remarried in 1954, this time to businessman Jack Hupp, and the couple welcomed a son in early 1963. In the late 1950s, Windsor slowed her career and concentrated instead on family life, limiting her acting mostly to TV guest appearances and the occasional film. Although she made fewer films in the 1960s and 1970s, Windsor was active in Hollywood as a member of the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild. Later in life, her interest in art led her to begin painting, for which she had considerable talent. She continued to work throughout the 1980s but, afflicted with arthritis, she retired in the early 1990s. Sadly, Marie Windsor passed away on December 10, 2000, just one day shy of her 81st birthday. She was survived by her husband, son, and stepson.

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Commando Squad (1987) with William Smith, Sid Haig, Robert Quarry, Mel Welles, Ross Hagen, and Russ Tamblyn
Humanoid Defender (1985) with Terence Knox
Lovely But Deadly (1981) with John Randolph
The Perfect Woman (1981) with Cameron Mitchell, Rudy Vallee, and Fred Willard
Salem's Lot (1979) with David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Elisha Cook Jr., Geoffrey Lewis, and Fred Willard
Freaky Friday (1976) with Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris, John Astin, Patsy Kelly, Dick Van Patten, Sorrell Booke, Ruth Buzzi, and Kaye Ballard
Hearts of the West (1975) with Jeff Bridges, Donald Pleasence, Andy Griffith, Blythe Danner, Alan Arkin, Herb Edelman, Alex Rocco, Frank Cady, and Candy Azzara
Manhunter (1974) with Ken Howard, Gary Lockwood, Tim O'Connor, Stefanie Powers, L.Q. Jones, Ford Rainey, Robert Hogan, and R.G. Armstrong
The Outfit (1973) with Karen Black, Robert Duvall, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan, Timothy Carey, Richard Jaeckel, Sheree North, Elisha Cook Jr., and Bill McKinney
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) with John Wayne, Neville Brand, and Dan Vadis
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) with James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette
One More Train to Rob (1971) with George Peppard, Diana Muldaur, John Vernon, France Nuyen, and Robert Donner
Wild Women (1970) with Hugh O'Brian and Anne Francis
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) with Robert Mitchum, Tina Louise, and John Carradine
Chamber of Horrors (1966) with Cesare Danova, Suzy Parker, Laura Devon, Jeanette Nolan, and Wayne Rogers
Bedtime Story (1964) with Marlon Brando, Shirley Jones, David Niven, Dody Goodman, Parley Baer, and Francine York
Mail Order Bride (1964) with Buddy Ebsen, Keir Dullea, William Smith, Lois Nettleton, Warren Oates, BarBara Luna, and Denver Pyle
Critic's Choice (1963) with Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Maxwell, Rip Torn, Jessie Royce Landis, Jim Backus, Richard Deacon, and Jerome Cowan
The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962) with Kent Taylor
Paradise Alley (1962) with Hugo Haas, Don Sullivan, Corinne Griffith, Billy Gilbert, Chester Conklin, Margaret Hamilton, and William Schallert
Island Woman (1958) with Vince Edwards
Day of the Bad Man (1958) with Fred MacMurray, John Ericson, and Lee Van Cleef
The Parson and the Outlaw (1957) with Anthony Dexter and Sonny Tufts
The Girl in Black Stockings (1957) with Lex Barker, Mamie Van Doren, Anne Bancroft, and Stuart Whitman
The Story of Mankind (1957) with Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Virginia Mayo
The Lady and the Prowler (1957) with Diana Dors, Tom Tryon, and Rod Steiger
Two-Gun Lady (1956) with Peggie Castle and Robert Lowery
The Killing (1956) with Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, and Elisha Cook Jr.
The Silver Star (1955) with Lon Chaney Jr., Edgar Buchanan, Barton MacLane, and Morris Ankrum
Swamp Women (1955) with Beverly Garland, Mike Connors, Carole Mathews, Jil Jarmyn, Susan Cummings, and Jonathan Haze
No Man's Woman (1955) with John Archer, Patric Knowles, Nancy Gates, Jil Jarmyn, Richard Crane, and Morris Ankrum
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) with Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Michael Ansara, Richard Deacon, and Mel Welles
The Bounty Hunter (1954) with Randolph Scott, Ernest Borgnine, and Dub Taylor
Hell's Half Acre (1954) with Wendell Corey and Evelyn Keyes
The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) with Keefe Brasselle and Gerald Mohr
So This Is Love (1953) with Merv Griffin, Kathryn Grayson, Joan Weldon, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeff Donnell, Ann Doran, Margaret Field, Mabel Albertson, and Noreen Corcoran
Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) with Sonny Tufts and Victor Jory
City That Never Sleeps (1953) with Gig Young, Mala Powers, and Paula Raymond
USSR Today (1953) with Donna Reed
Trouble Along the Way (1953) with John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Chuck Connors
The Tall Texan (1953) with Lloyd Bridges and Lee J. Cobb
Japanese War Bride (1952) with Cameron Mitchell and Don Taylor
The Narrow Margin (1952) with Charles McGraw
The Sniper (1952) with Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, and Adolphe Menjou
The Jungle (1952) with Rod Cameron and Cesar Romero
Outlaw Women (1952) with Allan Nixon, Jackie Coogan, Tom Tyler, and Dolores Fuller
Hurricane Island (1951) with Jon Hall and Lyle Talbot
Little Big Horn (1951) with Lloyd Bridges, John Ireland, Hugh O'Brian, Reed Hadley, Jim Davis, King Donovan, and Sheb Wooley
Two Dollar Bettor (1951) with Steve Brodie, Barbara Billingsley, John Litel, Barbara Bestar, and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Double Deal (1950) with Richard Denning
Frenchie (1950) with Joel McCrea, Shelley Winters, and John Russell
The Showdown (1950) with Bill Elliot, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jim Davis, Leif Erickson, and Yakima Canutt
Dakota Lil (1950) with George Montgomery and Rod Cameron
Outpost in Morocco (1949) with George Raft
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) with John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy, John Howard, Hugo Haas, Grant Withers, and Mae Marsh
Hellfire (1949) with Bill Elliot, Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis, H.B. Warner, Grant Withers, Denver Pyle, and Dewey Robinson
Force of Evil (1948) with John Garfield
Song of the Thin Man (1947) with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gloria Grahame, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell, Patricia Morison, and Jayne Meadows
Follow the Leader (1944) with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall
Smart Alecks (1942) with Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, and Gale Storm
All American Co-Ed (1941) with Frances Langford

Supercarrier, 1988 TV series. Windsor portrayed Billie Costello
General Hospital, 1963-present daytime ABC TV series. Windsor portrayed Dr. Vivian Collins during the 1982 season

Adam 12, episode Follow Home, originally aired November 5, 1990
Murder, She Wrote, episode Who Killed J. B. Fletcher?, originally aired February 10, 1991
Murder, She Wrote, episode The Cemetery Vote, originally aired April 5, 1987
Simon & Simon, episode For Old Crime's Sake, originally aired January 15, 1987
Tales from the Darkside, episode A New Lease on Life, originally aired January 26, 1986
Simon & Simon, episode The Dark Side of the Street, originally aired October 18, 1984
Scarecrow and Mrs. King, episode Remembrance of Things Past, originally aired January 9, 1984
Simon & Simon, episode Murder Between the Lines, originally aired January 6, 1983
Lou Grant, episode Libel, originally aired December 8, 1980
The Incredible Hulk, episode Sideshow, originally aired January 25, 1980
Lou Grant, episode Hollywood, originally aired December 17, 1979
Charlie's Angels, episode Angels at the Altar, originally aired October 3, 1979
Fantasy Island, episode Seance/Treasure, originally aired January 13, 1979
Project U.F.O., episode Sighting 4019: The Believe It or Not Incident, originally aired October 19, 1978
Charlie's Angels, episode Angels in Springtime, originally aired October 11, 1978
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode The Highest Mountain, originally aired February 17, 1976
Police Story, episode Explosion, originally aired December 3, 1974
Mannix, episode Walk a Double Line, originally aired February 10, 1974
Adam-12, episode Hollywood Division, originally aired November 21, 1973
Barnaby Jones, episode Twenty Million Alibis, originally aired May 6, 1973
Hec Ramsey, episode Mystery of the Green Feather, originally aired December 17, 1972
Adam-12, episode The Chaser, originally aired December 6, 1972
Alias Smith and Jones, episode High Lonesome Country, originally aired September 23, 1972
Gunsmoke, episode Trafton, originally aired October 25, 1971
Hawaii Five-O, episode Wednesday, Ladies Free, originally aired September 28, 1971
Adam-12, episode Log 56: Vice Versa, originally aired March 11, 1971
Bracken's World, episode The Anonymous Star, originally aired November 13, 1970
Insight, episode Bourbon in Suburbia, originally aired April 15, 1970
Bracken's World, episode Stop Date, originally aired December 19, 1969
Bracken's World, episode Move in for a Close-Up, originally aired December 12, 1969
The F.B.I., episode The Flaw, originally aired December 15, 1968
Mannix, episode The Need of a Friend, originally aired November 23, 1968
The Outsider, episode One Long-Stemmed American Beauty, originally aired November 20, 1968
Batman, episode Deep Freeze, originally aired November 10, 1966
Batman, episode Green Ice, originally aired November 9, 1966
Bonanza, episode Five Sundowns to Sunup, originally aired December 5, 1965
The Legend of Jesse James, episode The Quest, originally aired November 1, 1965
Branded, episode That the Brave Endure, originally aired April 25, 1965
The Rogues, episode Hugger-Mugger, by the Sea, originally aired December 10, 1964
Summer Playhouse, episode Apartment in Rome, originally aired August 22, 1964
Destry, episode The Nicest Girl in Gomorrah, originally aired March 13, 1964
Rawhide, episode Incident of the Rusty Shotgun, originally aired January 9, 1964
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Wednesday Woman, originally aired January 2, 1964
The Lloyd Bridges Show, episode Now, You Take Your Average Rock, originally aired December 25, 1962
Hawaiian Eye, episode Day in the Sun, originally aired October 2, 1962
Hawaiian Eye, episode Location Shooting, originally aired May 9, 1962
Lawman, episode The Wanted Man, originally aired April 8, 1962
Maverick, episode Epitaph for a Gambler, originally aired February 11, 1962
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Tarnished Trademark, originally aired January 20, 1962
Bronco, episode The Equalizer, originally aired December 18, 1961
Hawaiian Eye, episode The Final Score, originally aired November 29, 1961
Whispering Smith, episode Trademark, originally aired August 14, 1961
Rawhide, episode Incident of the Painted Lady, originally aired May 12, 1961
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, episode Wyatt Earp's Baby, originally aired April 25, 1961
Hawaiian Eye, episode The Comics, originally aired April 19, 1961
The Best of the Post, episode No Visitors, originally aired February 11, 1961
Lassie, episode Little Cabbage, originally aired November 27, 1960
New Comedy Showcase, episode Johnny Come Lately, originally aired August 8, 1960
Bourbon Street Beat, episode Teresa, originally aired July 4, 1960
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Madcap Modiste, originally aired April 30, 1960
Bourbon Street Beat, episode The 10% Blues, originally aired February 8, 1960
The Rebel, episode Glory, originally aired January 24, 1960
77 Sunset Strip, episode Collector's Item, originally aired January 8, 1960
The Lineup, episode Prince of Penmen, originally aired December 30, 1959
The Alaskans, episode Winter Song, originally aired November 22, 1959
Shotgun Slade, episode The Salted Mine, originally aired October 26, 1959
The Deputy, episode Back to Glory, originally aired September 26, 1959
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode The Warrior's Return, originally aired September 21, 1959
Markham, episode The Duelists, originally aired July 18, 1959
Schlitz Playhouse, episode The Salted Mine, originally aired March 27, 1959
Rawhide, episode Incident on the Edge of Madness, originally aired February 6, 1959
Bat Masterson, episode The Fighter, originally aired November 5, 1958
Yancy Derringer, episode Ticket to Natchez, originally aired October 23, 1958
Target, episode Deadly Deception, originally aired June 13, 1958
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Daring Decoy, originally aired March 29, 1958
Pursuit, episode The House at Malibu, originally aired January 14, 1958
The Adventures of McGraw, episode The Joshua Tree, originally aired December 17, 1957
Maverick, episode The Quick and the Dead, originally aired December 8, 1957
The Californians, episode The Regulators, originally aired November 5, 1957
Cheyenne, episode The Mutton Puncher, originally aired October 22, 1957
Cheyenne, episode Decision at Gunsight, originally aired April 23, 1957
The Ford Television Theatre, episode House of Glass, originally aired March 26, 1957
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre, episode Small Talk, originally aired February 12, 1957
Climax!, episode Savage Portrait, originally aired December 6, 1956
General Electric Summer Originals, episode Alias Mike Hercules, originally aired July 31, 1956
The Charles Farrell Show, episode Secrets, originally aired July 2, 1956
Screen Directors Playhouse, episode Tom and Jerry, originally aired November 30, 1955
Science Fiction Theatre, episode Time Is Just a Place, originally aired April 15, 1955
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater, episode The Wizard, originally aired April 11, 1955
City Detective, episode The Lady in the Beautiful Frame, originally aired December 28, 1954
The Whistler, episode Fatal Fraud, originally aired December 2, 1954
It's a Great Life, episode Objective Moon, originally aired September 28, 1954
The Public Defender, episode The Ring, originally aired August 23, 1954
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, episode Live a Little, originally aired February 19, 1954
The Ford Television Theatre, episode For Value Received, originally aired February 18, 1954
Stories of the Century, episode Belle Starr, originally aired January 23, 1954
Waterfront, episode Night at the Lighthouse, originally aired January 1, 1954
Lux Video Theatre, episode The Cruel Time, originally aired October 22, 1953
The Unexpected, episode Blackmail, originally aired October 1, 1952

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