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Overview (4)

Born in Marysvale, Utah, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameEmily Marie Bertelsen
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A product of Marysvale, Utah, Marie Windsor attended Brigham Young University and trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya before she began playing leading roles in B pictures in the late 1940s. Her best work was in the "film noir" category, most notably her role as the manipulative, double-crossing wife of Elisha Cook Jr. in The Killing (1956) (which earned her "Look" magazine's Best Supporting Actress award). Her favorites among her own films, in addition to "The Killing", are The Narrow Margin (1952) and Hellfire (1949).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Jack Hupp (30 November 1954 - 10 December 2000) (her death) (1 child)
Ted Steele (21 April 1946 - 6 March 1947) (annulled)

Trivia (16)

She served as a director of the Screen Actors Guild for 25-years.
Died the day before her 81st birthday.
Claims she had a nose job in 1959 because she felt her nose was "too prominent." She later questioned this decision, wondering whether she would have gotten more-sympathetic roles with her original nose.
Husband Jack is the son of silent screen actor/writer/director Earle Rodney.
Claims she had her first marriage annulled because her husband was still in love with his first wife, and so they rarely lived together.
Step-son, Chris, from Jack's first marriage. He lived with them starting at age 13. Son Richard Rodney born January 11, 1963. She claimed having Chris around was a big help in raising Ricky.
She was one of the 500 stars nominated by the American Film Institute to become one of the 50 greatest American screen legends. The winners were revealed on a June 15, 1999, three-hour TV special on CBS, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends (1999) .
Often cast as an adulterous wife, slutty girlfriend, female gang leader or gun moll, she proved so convincing in those roles that she often received Bibles in the mail with passages underlined that covered the "sins" she had committed onscreen, warning her that she would go to hell if she didn't reform. Several of those types of letters dwelt so much on her "immorality" and "evil ways" that, unnerved, she turned them over to the police.
First child of Etta and Lane Bertelsen, she was christened Emily Marie. She was 11 when brother Jerry was born and 17 when her sister Louise arrived, by which time, Emily Marie was already in her first year at Brigham Young University.
Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In her later years, she suffered from arthritis.
Was a Republican.
Was a former Miss Utah.
Was a Girl Scout.
In 1963 and 1964, Windsor joined fellow actresses Joan Caulfield, Ruth Hussey, Yvonne De Carlo, Laraine Day, Virginia Mayo, and Maidie Norman, in making appearances on behalf of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the campaign against U.S. President Lyndon Johnson.

Personal Quotes (2)

[Stanley Kubrick] had a part for me in Lolita (1962) as Shelley Winters' best friend, but there was a problem in England with the EADY plan, and there was no way that they could squeeze me in. I haven't seen him in a long time, but we exchange Valentine's cards. I feel people have more time to think about it if they get a Valentine. Christmas is too crazy with other things.
I'm 5'9" and there were two stars in my life who didn't mind that I was taller than they--George Raft and John Garfield. Raft told me how to walk with him in a scene: We'd start off in a long shot normal, and about the time we got together in a close-up, I'd be bending my knees so I'd be shorter. I had to do a tango with Raft and I learned to dance in ballet shoes with my knees bent.

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