Faith Domergue

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Faith Domergue
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BornFaith Marie Domergue
(1924-06-16)June 16, 1924
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedApril 4, 1999(1999-04-04) (aged 74)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1941–1974
Spouse(s)
 
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Faith Domergue
Faith Domergue.jpg
BornFaith Marie Domergue
(1924-06-16)June 16, 1924
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedApril 4, 1999(1999-04-04) (aged 74)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1941–1974
Spouse(s)

Faith Domergue (June 16, 1924 – April 4, 1999) was an American television and film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in New Orleans, Domergue was adopted by Adabelle Wemet when she was six weeks old. When she was 18 months old (in 1926), Adabelle married Leo Domergue. The family moved to California in 1928 where Domergue attended Beverly Hills Catholic School and St. Monica's Convent School. While still at University High School[disambiguation needed], she was signed to a Warner Brothers contract, and made her first on-screen appearance in Blues in the Night (1941).[1]

After graduating in 1942, Domergue continued to pursue a career in acting, but after sustaining injuries in a near-fatal car accident, her plans were put on hold. While recuperating from the accident, she attended a party aboard Howard Hughes's yacht. Hughes was 'taken' by her, so he bought out her contract with Warner, and signed her to a three-picture contract with RKO.[2] After an unsuccessful, long-delayed premiere in the film Vendetta (1950), Domergue left Hughes. She later freelanced in a number of films, including film noir Where Danger Lives (as a femme fatale opposite Robert Mitchum), westerns (Santa Fe Passage) and in 1955, three sci-fi/monster films (It Came from Beneath the Sea, This Island Earth and Cult of the Cobra).[3]

She later made films in the United Kingdom and Italy, and a last sci-fi foray in the Russian film Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet, in 1965. In the late 1950s and 1960s she made many appearances on popular television series, including Sugarfoot, Have Gun Will Travel, Bonanza, and The Rifleman. She appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. In 1961 she played murderer Conception O'Higgins in "The Case of the Guilty Clients," and in 1963 she played murder victim Cleo Grammas in "The Case of the Greek Goddess." By the late 1960s, Domergue had lost interest in acting as a career, and her last acting appearances were mainly in low-budget 'B' horror movies. She began traveling to Rome, Italy, in 1952, and lived there for extended periods. She moved there permanently in 1968, and remained an expatriate in Rome, Geneva, Switzerland, and Marbella, Spain, until the death of her Roman husband, Paolo in 1991. She then moved to Santa Barbara where she resided until her death in 1999.

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1941, Domergue began an on-off relationship with Howard Hughes. After she discovered that Hughes was also seeing Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner, the couple broke up in 1943. She later wrote a book about her relationship with Hughes entitled My Life with Howard Hughes (1972).[4]

In 1946, Domergue married bandleader Teddy Stauffer. The marriage lasted six months, ending in 1947. That same year, she married director Hugo Fregonese with whom she had two children, Diana Maria and John Anthony. The couple divorced in 1958. In 1966, she married Paolo Cossa, with whom she remained until his death in 1992.[5]

On April 4, 1999, Domergue died from cancer, aged 74.[6]

In the 2004 Howard Hughes biopic film The Aviator, Domergue was played by Kelli Garner.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1941Blues in the NightJitterbugUncredited
1946Young WidowGerry TaylorAlternative title: The Naughty Widow
1949Hardly a Criminal
  • Uncredited
  • Alternative title: Apenas un delincuente
1950Where Danger LivesMargo Lannington
1950VendettaColomba della Rabia
1952Duel at Silver Creek, TheThe Duel at Silver CreekOpal LacyAlternative title: Claim Jumpers
1953Great Sioux Uprising, TheThe Great Sioux UprisingJoan Britton
1954This Is My LoveEvelyn Myer
1955Santa Fe PassageAurelie St. Clair
1955Cult of the CobraLisa Moya
1955This Island EarthDr. Ruth Adams
1955It Came from Beneath the SeaProfessor Lesley JoyceAlternative title: Monster from Beneath the Sea
1956TimeslipJill RabowskiAlternative title: The Atomic Man
1956Soho IncidentBella FrancesiAlternative title: Spin a Dark Web
1957Sky Burns, TheThe Sky BurnsAnnaAlternative title: Il Cielo brucia
1957Man in the ShadowBarbara PetersAlternative title: Violent Stranger
1958Escort WestMartha Drury
1963CaliforniaCarlotta Torres
1965Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet
1967Track of ThunderMrs. Goodwin
1969BesiegedLorenzo's motherAlternative title: L'Amore breve
1969One on Top of the OtherMarthaAlternative titles: Una sull'altra, Perversion Story
1970Gamblers, TheThe GamblersSignora Del Isolla
1971Blood LegacyVeronica DeanAlternative title: Legacy of Blood
1971The Man with Icy EyesMrs. ValdesAlternative title: L'Uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio
1974So Evil, My SisterMillieAlternative titles: Psycho Sisters
The Siblings
1974House of Seven Corpses, TheThe House of Seven CorpsesGayle Dorian
Television credits
Year(s)TitleRoleNotes
1953Revlon Mirror Theater, TheThe Revlon Mirror TheaterLaurie Rogers1 episode
1953–1954Lux Video Theatre2 episodes
1954Fireside Theater
  • Mariana
  • Jenny
2 episodes
1954Ford Theatre1 episode
1954–1958Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
  • Marcella
  • Mrs. Vialez
2 episodes
1955Celebrity Playhouse1 episode
1956Count of Monte Cristo, TheThe Count of Monte CristoRenee Morrell1 episode
1957Overseas Press Club - Exclusive!Helen Zotos1 episode
1959SugarfootIsabel Starkey1 episode
1959State Trooper
  • Elaine Kendall
  • Janice Kendall
2 episodes
1959Bourbon Street BeatSusan Wood1 episode
1959CheyenneMaria1 episode
1959–1961Hawaiian Eye
  • Onori
  • Rosa Martell
2 episodes
1960Colt .45Suzanne Tremaine1 episode
1960BroncoCatalina1 episode
1960Michael ShayneKara1 episode
196177 Sunset StripGretchen Jervis1 episode
1961Tall Man, TheThe Tall ManKate Elder1 episode
1961Lock-UpMarianne1 episode
1961–1963Perry Mason
  • Conception O'Higgins
  • Cleo Grammas
2 episodes
1961–1964Bonanza
  • Lee Bolden
  • Carla Ibara
2 episodes
1962–1963Have Gun - Will Travel
  • Ria
  • Elena Ybarra
2 episodes
1966Combat!Madame Fouchet1 episode
1968Garrison's GorillasCarla1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parla, Paul; Mitchell, Charles P. (2000). Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir, and Mystery Movies, 1930s to 1960s. McFarland. p. 60. ISBN 0-7864-0701-8. 
  2. ^ Parla, Paul; Mitchell, Charles P. (2000). Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir, and Mystery Movies, 1930s to 1960s. McFarland. pp. 59, 60. ISBN 0-7864-0701-8. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Faith Domergue: Biography". nytimes.com. 
  4. ^ "Faith Domergue". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  5. ^ Vallance, Tom (1999-05-12). "Obituary: Faith Domergue". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  6. ^ Galloway, Doug (1999-04-16). "Faith Domergue". variety.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  7. ^ Faith Domergue 1924-1999

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