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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 August 1929Boise City, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NameVera June Ralston
Height 5' 3¾" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Ford cast her in the classic western The Searchers (1956) and Hitchcock, who put her under personal contract and hailed her as his "new Grace Kelly", paired her with the great Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man (1956). Hitchcock cast Miles in the potentially star-making role of Judy Barton in Vertigo (1958), but Miles withdrew from the film when she became pregnant. Hitchcock gave Miles a supporting role in another masterpiece Psycho (1960), as did Ford when he cast her opposite John Wayne and James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), She also starred in such films as Beau James (1957) opposite Bob Hope, The FBI Story (1959) opposite Stewart, Back Street (1961) opposite Susan Hayward and John Gavin and Sergeant Ryker (1968) opposite Lee Marvin, as well as showing her consistently remarkable and versatile talent on dozens of popular television movies and series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Twilight Zone (1959), The Outer Limits (1963), The Fugitive (1963), My Three Sons (1960), Bonanza (1959), "Columbo" and Murder, She Wrote (1984). In 1983, she reprised her role as "Lila Crane" in the film sequel Psycho II (1983), starring Anthony Perkins. Although, too often, the stunningly beautiful Miles' gifts were underutilized, before her retirement in 1995, hers was a most intriguing and enduring Hollywood career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: alfiehitchie

Spouse (3)

Keith Larsen (16 July 1960 - 26 October 1971) (divorced) (1 child)
Gordon Scott (14 April 1956 - 2 March 1960) (divorced) (1 child)
Bob Miles (November 1948 - 1954) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

A unaffected, icy mid-period "Hitchcock blond"

Trivia (16)

Daughters with Bob Miles: Debra Miles (born in 1950) and Kelley Miles (born in 1952). Son with Gordon Scott: Michael Scott (born in 1957). Son with Keith Larsen: Eric Larsen (born April 30, 1961 in Burbank, California).
Was a favorite actress of Alfred Hitchcock after Grace Kelly retired, but pregnancy prevented her from many starring roles.
Was a contestant on You Bet Your Life (1950) on April 4, 1951. She and her partner won $8 in the quiz, guessed the secret word ("hand") and incorrectly answered the De Soto-Plymouth $5,500 Question ("Who was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?").
In the late 1940s, she made a television commercial for Lustre Creme shampoo.
Had appeared in the trailer for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953).
Her scenes as John Wayne's wife in The Green Berets (1968) were cut from the movie prior to its release.
In Italy, a great number of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta or Micaela Giustiniani. She was occasionally dubbed by Miranda Bonansea, Renata Marini, Dhia Cristiani and most notably by Lidia Simoneschi in Psycho (1960).
By sheer coincidence, all three of Vera's handsome, strapping ex-husbands died within a short time span. Her third husband, Keith Larsen died on December 13, 2006; first husband/stuntman and small part actor Bob Miles died on April 12, 2007; and bodybuilder second husband actor Gordon Scott, who played Tarzan in films, died on April 30, 2007.
Placed third in the Miss America contest in 1948. Miss Kansas 1948.
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), John Wayne pursued Miss Miles, but lost her to James Stewart. Six years later, his luck improved. Miles played Wayne's wife in Hellfighters (1968) and The Green Berets (1968), though her scenes in the latter were left on the cutting room floor.
Changed her name to Vera Miles (derived from her first married name) upon first arriving in Hollywood, due to there already being a Vera Ralston who was working there at the time.
Mother-in-law of Gabe Essoe. Ex-stepmother of Keith Larsen Jr..
Retired from acting in 1995 after 45 years in the motion picture industry; lives in Los Angeles, California.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1652 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
She was cast as the wife of the U.S. President (played by Charles Durning) in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), a role involving two scenes only. Director Robert Aldrich praised her performance, but, as the film was running long, he cut both her scenes out completely.
Was portrayed by Jessica Biel in Hitchcock (2012).

Salary (1)

Psycho (1960) $10,000

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