Audrey Totter

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Audrey Totter

Totter from Yank, The Army Weekly, August 1945
BornAudrey Mary Totter
(1917-12-20) December 20, 1917 (age 95)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1943–1987
Spouse(s)Leo Fred (m. 1953 – 1995) «start: (1953)–end+1: (1996)»"Marriage: Leo Fred to Audrey Totter" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Totter) (his death); 1 child
 
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Audrey Totter

Totter from Yank, The Army Weekly, August 1945
BornAudrey Mary Totter
(1917-12-20) December 20, 1917 (age 95)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1943–1987
Spouse(s)Leo Fred (m. 1953 – 1995) «start: (1953)–end+1: (1996)»"Marriage: Leo Fred to Audrey Totter" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Totter) (his death); 1 child

Audrey Totter (born December 20, 1917[1][2]) is a retired American actress and former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star.

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Family

Audrey (some sources indicate "Audra") Mary Totter was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois. Her parents were John (born Yugoslavia) and Ida Mae Totter. Her father was of Austro-Slovenian descent and her mother was Swedish American.

Career

She began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s, and, following success in Chicago and New York, was signed to a seven-year film contract with MGM. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945) and established herself as a popular female lead in the 1940s. Although she appeared in various film genres, she became most widely known to movie audiences in film noir productions.[citation needed]

Among her successes were:

By the early 1950s, the tough-talking "dames" she was best known for portraying were no longer fashionable, and as MGM began to work towards creating more family-themed films, Totter was released from her contract. She reportedly was dissatisfied with her MGM career, only agreeing to appear in Any Number Can Play after Gable intervened. She worked for Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox, for example, FBI Girl (1951), but the quality of her films dropped, and by the end of the 1950s, her career was in decline.[citation needed]

In 1954, she appeared in the pilot episode of the later 1957-1958 detective series, Meet McGraw with Frank Lovejoy.[3] She appeared with Joseph Cotten and William Hopper in the 1957 episode "The Case of the Jealous Bomber" of NBC's anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show. In 1958, she played boarding house owner Beth Purcell in the NBC western series Cimarron City. The episodes were supposed to have rotated among star George Montgomery as the mayor, John Smith as blacksmith/deputy sheriff Lane Temple, and Totter, but when the writers failed to feature her character, she left the series. From 1962–63, she starred as homemaker Alice MacRoberts in the ABC situation comedy Our Man Higgins.

Totter played a continuing role from 1972 to 1976, that of Nurse Wilcox, the efficient head nurse, in the CBS television series Medical Center. Her last acting role was in a 1987 episode of CBS's Murder, She Wrote, with Angela Lansbury.

Personal life

She was married to Leo Fred, assistant dean of the UCLA School of Medicine from 1953 to his death in 1995; they had one child. Their granddaughter, Eden Totter, is a voice artist.[citation needed]

Quote

She was quoted in August 1999 as saying: "The bad girls were so much fun to play. I wouldn't have wanted to play Coleen's good-girl parts.[4]

Select filmography

References

  1. ^ Most references cite 1918 as her year of birth but Intelius indicates the year was 1917, as do Ancestry.com's United States census records, which give her age in April 1930 as 12 years old, and in January 1920 (see below) as 2 years old
  2. ^
    Year: 1920
    Census Place: Joliet Ward 1, Will, Illinois
    Roll: T625_416
    Page: 2A
    Enumeration District: 185
    Image: 109
    Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]
    Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29
    National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City)
  3. ^ "’’Meet McGraw’’". Classic TV Archives. http://ctva.biz/US/Crime/MeetMcGraw.htm. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Bernard Weinraub (August 23, 1999). "They're Gorgeous, Mysterious and Ready to Make a Sap Out of You". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/08/23/movies/they-re-gorgeous-mysterious-and-ready-to-make-a-sap-out-of-you.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2011-12-24.

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