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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 November 1919Alton, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 27 August 1995Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMary Elizabeth Hughes
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Hard-boiled blonde in 40s "B" movies who remains a cult favorite.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Mary Beth Hughes' parents separated while she was still a baby. She was brought up by a grandmother whose dearest wish was to make her an actress. As a result, she started her career at an early age while still a high school student. She starred in the stage version of "Alice in Wonderland" then had parts in "Daddy Long Legs" and "A Midsummer's Night Dream" with the Clifford Brooks company. She graduated from a high school in Washington in June 1937. Mary Beth then worked again with the Brooks company in the summer of 1938. The same year, she was offered a contract by MGM first, soon followed by a 2Oth Century Fox one. By the end of 1949, she sang in night clubs with her husband David Street. She also sang in nightclubs - but alone this time - between 1963 and 1965. It is to be noted that she provisionally left her acting and singing career in 1961 to become a receptionist-technician for an L.A. plastic surgeon.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Spouse (3)

Nick Stewart (1973 - ?) (divorced)
David Street (8 April 1948 - 23 January 1956) (divorced)
Ted North (1943 - 1947) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Had five husbands.
Despite being a cult favorite, she will probably be remembered best for her role in the outrageously campy I Accuse My Parents (1944), which was later used as cannon fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
Was a natural redhead, but is best known as a platinum blonde.
Was TV's first celebrity weather girl, "The Weather Miss," for Los Angeles station KTLA from 1953-1954.
Later on in life, she worked as a telemarketer for Sprint.
She had one child, Donald North, who is a professional scuba diver and sells underwater equipment.
She loved cats.
When Pat Buttram particularly enjoyed something, he was known to remark, "That was more fun that being on location with Mary Beth Hughes!" Pat and Mary Beth worked together on Riders in the Sky (1949).

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