Wednesday, January 20, 2010
AUDREY TOTTER- Noir Dame.
Audrey Totter began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s and after success in Chicago and New York, she made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945). During the 1940s. She performed in many film genres, she was best known in film noirs:
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) with John Garfield and Lana Turner
Lady in the Lake (1947) with Robert Montgomer and Jayne Meadows
The Unsuspected (1947) with Claude Rains
High Wall (1947) with Robert Taylor
The Saxon Charm (1948) with Montgomery and Susan Hayward,
Alias Nick Beal (1949) with Ray Milland
The Set-Up (1949) with Robert Ryan
Any Number Can Play (1949) with Clark Gable and Alexis Smith
Tension (1950) with Richard Basehart.
By the 1950s the tough talking "dames" she was best known for were no longer in demand. MGM began to film family themed films, Totter was released from her contract. In (1954), she performed in the pilot episode of the 1957-1958 detective series, Meet McGraw with Frank Lovejoy. She performed 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 Beth Purcell, in the NBC western series Cimarron City. 1962 and 1963, she starred as homemaker Alice MacRoberts, in the ABC situation comedy series Our Man Higgins, with Stanley Holloway. She played Nurse Wilcox, in the television series Medical Center, from 1972 until 1976, her most recent TV performance was in a 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote.