Hillary Brooke (1914–1999)

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Hillary Brooke's image as the epitome of glacial, regal, upper-class British gentility is muted somewhat by the fact that she was born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson to a middle-class American family in Long Island, New York. She was the sister of actor Arthur Peterson, best-known as the demented "Major" on the soap-opera satire Soap (1977). ... See full bio »


(age 84) in Bonsall, California, USA

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Known For

The Enchanted Cottage Beatrice Alexander
Bodyhold Flo Woodbury
The Strange Woman Meg Saladine


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 1960 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Greta Morgan
- This Is It, Michael Shayne (1960) ... Greta Morgan
 1959-1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Laura Renault / Winifred O'Hara
- The Fine Art of Murder (1960) ... Laura Renault
- The Limping Man (1959) ... Winifred O'Hara
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Maxine's Friend
- Night Club (1959) ... Maxine's Friend
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Claire Adams
- The Ring (1959) ... Claire Adams
 1959 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Mrs. Carter
- The Great Anderson Mystery (1959) ... Mrs. Carter
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Julia Bulette
- The Louisiana Dude (1959) ... Julia Bulette
 1953-1958 Colonel Humphrey Flack (TV Series)
the Countess
- Lady Bluebeard (1958) ... the Countess
- Art is Fleeting (1953)
 1957 December Bride (TV Series)
Miss Bennett
- The Other Woman (1957) ... Miss Bennett
 1957 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Doris Cole
- The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece (1957) ... Doris Cole
 1957 Spoilers of the Forest
Phyllis Warren
 1957 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Blanche Colvey
- That's No Lady, That's an Agent (1957) ... Blanche Colvey
 1956 West Point (TV Series)
Mrs. Bridgeman
- The Right to Choose (1956) ... Mrs. Bridgeman
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Palm Springs Incident (1956) ... Caroline
 1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Jan Peterson
 1955-1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Betty Horn / Adelaide Manning / Diana Blair
- The Senora (1956)
- Arab Duel (1956) ... Betty Horn
- The Blue Landscape (1955) ... Adelaide Manning
- The Treasure (1955) ... Diana Blair
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Sword of Villon (1956) ... Countess
 1956 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Angela Randall
- The Fox Hunt (1956) ... Angela Randall
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1955 Bengazi
Nora Nielson
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Jane Murdock
- The Vickie Lawson Story (1955) ... Jane Murdock
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Vivian Riley
- Cardboard Casanova (1955) ... Vivian Riley
 1952-1955 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Roberta Townsend / Roberta / Robert Townsend
- Papa and Mambo (1955) ... Roberta Townsend
- Margie's New Boyfriend (1955) ... Roberta Townsend
- Hawaii Story (1955) ... Roberta Townsend
- Make Up Your Mind (1955) ... Robert Townsend
- Convention Story (1954) ... Roberta Townsend
 1954-1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Luxurious Ladies (1955) ... Julie
- Girl Not Wanted (1954)
 1955 Public Defender (TV Series)
Paula Jackson
- Jackpot (1955) ... Paula Jackson
 1955 The Whistler (TV Series)
- Favor for a Friend (1955) ... Sharon
 1954 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
Mae Rand
- Casablanca (1954) ... Mae Rand
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- A Man's Home (1954)
 1953-1954 Big Town (TV Series)
Valerie Randall
- Watch the Birdie (1953) ... Valerie Randall
 1954 The Mickey Rooney Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Brown
- The Other Woman (1954) ... Mrs. Brown (as Hilary Brooke)
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Betty Farris
- The Placid Affair (1954) ... Betty Farris
 1954 Heat Wave
Carol Forrest
 1954 The Ray Milland Show (TV Series)
Sheila Castle
- Ray's Other Life (1954) ... Sheila Castle
 1954 Dragon's Gold
Vivian Crosby
 1952-1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Hillary Brooke / Hilary Brooke
- In Society (1953) ... Hillary Brooke
- Safari (1953) ... Hillary Brooke
- Little Old Lady (1953) ... Hillary Brooke
- Las Vegas (1953) ... Hillary Brooke
- Television (1953) ... Hillary Brooke
 1953 Mexican Manhunt
Eve Carter
 1953 Your Play Time (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Julia Bentley
- The Case of Lady Luck (1953) ... Julia Bentley
- Fair Exchange (1952)
 1953 The Maze
Peggy Lord
 1952-1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Ladies on His Mind (1953) ... Miriam
- Backstage (1952) ... Miriam
 1953 Invaders from Mars
Mrs. Mary MacLean
 1953 The Lady Wants Mink
Evelyn Cantrell
 1953 Never Wave at a WAC
First Lt. Phyllis Turnbull
 1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
- The Bhandara Story (1952) ... Carol (as Hillary Brook)
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Confidence Girl
Mary Webb
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Rewrite for Love (1951)
 1951 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
 1951 Lost Continent
Marla Stevens
 1951 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
Mrs. Sands
- The Second Mrs. Sands (1951) ... Mrs. Sands
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
Mrs. Sands
- The Second Mrs. Sands (1951) ... Mrs. Sands
 1951 Skipalong Rosenbloom
Square Deal Sal (as Hillary Brook)
 1951 Insurance Investigator
Addie Wilson
 1950 Vendetta
Lydia Nevil
 1950 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
- Intrigue (1950)
 1950 The Admiral Was a Lady
Shirley Pedigrew
 1950 Lucky Losers
Countess Marie Duvarre
 1950 Beauty on Parade
Gloria Barton
 1950 Unmasked
Doris King Jackson
 1949 Bodyhold
Flo Woodbury
 1949 Alimony
Linda Waring
 1949 Africa Screams
Diana Emerson
 1948 Big Town Scandal
Lorelei Kilbourne
 1948 The Fuller Brush Man
Mildred Trist
 1948 Let's Live Again
Sandra Marlowe
 1947 Big Town After Dark
Lorelei Kilbourne
 1947 I Cover Big Town
Lorelei Kilbourne
 1946 The Strange Woman
Meg Saladine
 1946 Strange Journey
Patti Leeds
 1946 Monsieur Beaucaire
Mme. Pompadour
 1946 Big Town
Lorelei Kilbourne
 1946 Earl Carroll Sketchbook
Lynn Stafford
 1946 Strange Impersonation
Arline Cole
 1946 The Gentleman Misbehaves
Nina Mallory
 1946 Up Goes Maisie
Barbara Nuboult
 1945 Road to Utopia
 1945 The Woman in Green
Lydia Marlow
 1945 The Crime Doctor's Courage
Kathleen Carson
 1945 The Enchanted Cottage
Beatrice Alexander
 1944 Practically Yours (uncredited)
 1944 Ministry of Fear
Mrs. Bellane #2
 1944 Lady in the Dark
Miss Bar (uncredited)
 1944 And the Angels Sing
Polish Bride (uncredited)
 1944 Standing Room Only
Alice Todd
 1943 Jane Eyre
Blanche Ingraham
 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Sally Musgrave
 1943 The Crystal Ball
Friend of Jo Ainsley (uncredited)
 1943 Happy Go Lucky
Wife (uncredited)
 1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
Jill Grandis - Driver (uncredited)
 1942 Counter-Espionage
Pamela Hart
 1942 Wake Island
Girl at the Inn (uncredited)
 1942 Calling Dr. Gillespie
Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
 1942 Ship Ahoy
Hillary (uncredited)
 1942 To the Shores of Tripoli
Parade Spectator (uncredited)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Railroad Station Blonde (uncredited)
 1942 Mr. and Mrs. North
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1941 Two-Faced Woman
Dress Shop Clerk Hotel-Caller (uncredited)
 1941 Married Bachelor
Hillary Gordon (uncredited)
 1941 Unfinished Business
Woman (uncredited)
 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Mrs. Arnold (uncredited)
 1941 The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury
Georgia Deering
 1941 Willie and the Mouse (Short)
Modern Schoolteacher (uncredited)
 1941 Country Fair (uncredited)
 1941 Maisie Was a Lady
House Guest (uncredited)
 1941 The Lone Rider Rides on
Sue Brown
 1940 The Philadelphia Story
Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
 1940 New Moon
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1940 Florian
Horsewoman (uncredited)
 1940 Two Girls on Broadway
Second Girl in Powder Room (uncredited)
 1939 Eternally Yours
Blonde on Stage (uncredited)
 1937 New Faces of 1937
Showgirl (as Beatrice Schute)
Show Show Self (4 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Hillary Brook | Hilary Brooke | Beatrice Schute


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She is best remembered for her incongruous role as Lou Costello's girlfriend (of sorts) on The Abbott and Costello Show (1952) as well as Vernon Albright (Charles Farrell)'s girlfriend on My Little Margie (1952). Both shows are still seen today in syndication and on home video. With her regal British accent--even though she was not British--and upper-class, ladylike demeanor, Brooke was treated ... See more »

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