Cathy Downs

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Cathy Downs
Cathy downs dark corner.JPG
in The Dark Corner (1946)
Born(1924-03-03)March 3, 1924
Port Jefferson, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 1976(1976-12-08) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1945–1965
Spouse(s)Robert Brunson (1956-1963) (divorced)
Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (1952-1955) (divorced)
 
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Cathy Downs
Cathy downs dark corner.JPG
in The Dark Corner (1946)
Born(1924-03-03)March 3, 1924
Port Jefferson, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 1976(1976-12-08) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1945–1965
Spouse(s)Robert Brunson (1956-1963) (divorced)
Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (1952-1955) (divorced)

Cathy Downs (March 3, 1924 – December 8, 1976) was an American film actress.

Biography[edit]

Downs was born in Port Jefferson, New York.[1] A former Vogue cover model, she was brought to Hollywood in 1944 by a 20th Century-Fox talent scout.[2]

Downs began her film career with a small roles in State Fair (1945 film) (1945) and The Dolly Sisters (1945). In 1946 she played the title role in My Darling Clementine. Following the success of the latter, Downs was cast in a prison drama For You I Die (1947), an Abbott & Costello comedy The Noose Hangs High, and several western films.[3]

By the beginning of the 1950s she was appearing in lower budget films, including some science fiction films, with one of these films Missile to the Moon marking her last screen appearance, in 1958.

She worked sporadically in television during the 1960s, with her final television appearance in 1965 on Perry Mason as murder victim and title character Millicent Barton in "The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner." She was unemployed the remaining eleven years of her life before she died in Los Angeles, California.

Downs has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Television, at 6646 Hollywood Boulevard.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She was married first to Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (1952–1955; divorced) who played the character Joe Palooka in films and on TV.[5] They had long been out of touch, when, in 1976 Kirkwood heard that Downs was in dire financial circumstances.

Kirkwood was setting up a trust fund for her when he learned she had died of cancer at the age of 52. She is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1945The Dolly SistersMiss Mascarauncredited
State FairGirl on carouselluncredited
Diamond HorseshoeMiss Cream Puffuncredited
1946My Darling ClementineClementine Carter
Do You Love MeClothes modeluncredited
The Dark CornerMari Cathcart
1947For You I DieHope Novak
1948The Noose Hangs HighCarol Scott
PanhandleJean 'Dusty' Stewart
1949Massacre RiverKatherine 'Kitty' Reid
1950Short GrassSharon Lynch
The Sundowners (1950 film)Kathleen Boyce
1951Joe Palooka in Triple CrossAnne Palooka
1952Gobs and GalsBetty Lou Prentice
1953Bandits of the WestJoanne Collier
The Flaming UrgeCharlotte Cruickshank
1955The Phantom from 10,000 LeaguesLois King
The Big Tip OffSister Mary Joan of Arc
1956The She CreatureDorothy Chappel
Kentucky RifleAmy Connors
The Oklahoma WomanSusan Grant
1957The Amazing Colossal ManCarol Forrest
Curfew BreakersMrs. Bowman
1958Missile to the MoonJune Saxton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cathy Downs". IMDb. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cathy Downs". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ IMDB entry
  4. ^ Hollywood Walk of Fame
  5. ^ Downs' biodata at New York Times

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