Helen Walker

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Helen Walker
Born(1920-07-17)July 17, 1920
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMarch 10, 1968(1968-03-10) (aged 47)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of deathcancer
Years active1942–1960
SpouseEdward DuDomaine (1950-1952) (divorced)
Robert Blumofe (1942-1946) (divorced)
 
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Not to be confused with the singer-actress Helen Roberts Walker

Helen Walker
Born(1920-07-17)July 17, 1920
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMarch 10, 1968(1968-03-10) (aged 47)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of deathcancer
Years active1942–1960
SpouseEdward DuDomaine (1950-1952) (divorced)
Robert Blumofe (1942-1946) (divorced)

Helen Walker (born July 17, 1920 – March 10, 1968) was an American movie actress of the 1940s and 1950s.[1]

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and made her film debut in 1942. After a promising start in Hollywood, Walker was involved in a 1946 car wreck. A hitchhiker was killed, and Helen and two others were seriously injured. She was charged with drunk and reckless driving. She was subsequently acquitted and made a comeback, but her career never fully recovered. She retired from acting at the age of 35 and died in North Hollywood, California from cancer at the age of 47.

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Auto accident

She was filming Heaven Only Knows [1] when an auto accident drastically disrupted her career. On December 31, 1946, while driving the car of director Bruce "Lucky" Humberstone from Palm Springs to Hollywood, she gave a ride to three hitchiking soldiers named Robert E. Lee, Philip Mercado, and Joseph Montaldo. Near Redlands, California, the car hit a divider and flipped over, killing Lee and causing serious injuries to Helen and the other two passengers. She was charged with drunk driving and reckless driving, and Mercado brought a civil suit for $150,000 against her.[2]

Her criminal trial for manslaughter ended with a dismissal on the motion of San Bernardino County District Attorney Jerome B. Kavanaugh.[3]

Personal life

She was married to Paramount studio lawyer Robert Blumofe (1942, divorced 1946) and department store executive Edward DuDomaine (1950, divorced 1952).[1] When her house burned in 1960, other actresses held a benefit to assist her.[1]

Filmography

Television

References

  1. ^ a b c d Obituary Variety, March 13, 1968, page 79.
  2. ^ "Hitchhiker Seeks Damages From Helen Walker" Los Angeles Times, March 6, 1947.
  3. ^ "Helen Walker Cleared in Hitchhiker's Death" Los Angeles Times, April 9, 1947.

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