Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday: Lizabeth Scott!

A photograph of Lizabeth Scott in Harper's Bazaar magazine was seen by movie agent Charles Feldman, who took her on as a client. Her first movie was in, You Came Along (1945).

Paramount named Scott "The Threat,"  to create an  persona for her similar to Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake. Scott's sensuality and husky voice was perfect for the film noir genre, beginning with the movie, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946).

In the film, Too Late for Tears. Lizabeth was compared to Bacall because of her resemblance and a similar voice, even more so after she performed with Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart, in the film noir,  Dead Reckoning (1947). At the age of 25, Scott's billing were equal to Bogart's.

She also performed in, Desert Fury (1947), a noir filmed with, John Hodiak, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey and Mary Astor.  Directed by Lewis Allen, the story is based on the racy novel, Desert Town by Ramona Stewart. It was produced by Hal Wallis. Music was by Miklós Rózsa. Desert Fury has fast dialogue and dark secrets.

Scott was then paired with Lancaster, Corey and Kirk Douglas in,  I Walk Alone (1948). She also performed in, Too Late for Tears (1949). After completing the film, Loving You (1957) with Elvis Presley, Scott retired from the screen. Later that year, she would record her album, Lizabeth.  Scott occasionally guest-star on television shows, including a 1963 episode of Burke's Law.

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