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Audrey Long in Tall in the Saddle, 1944
|Born||April 14, 1922
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Died||September 19, 2014
Surrey, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Edward Rubin (m. 1945–51); divorced
Leslie Charteris (m. 1952–93); his death
Audrey Long (April 14, 1922 – September 19, 2014) was an American actress who appeared mainly in low-budget films in the 1940s and early 1950s. Some of her more notable film performances include Tall in the Saddle (1944) opposite John Wayne, Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945), Born to Kill (1947), and Desperate (1947).
Audrey Long was born on April 14, 1922 in Orlando, Florida. She was educated at St. Margaret's School for Girls in Tappahannock, Virginia, Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California, and Disputana High School. Her father, C.S. Long, an Episcopal minister was a naturalized American citizen and served as a chaplain with the United States Navy. She worked as a model before becoming an actress.
In 1942, Long made her screen debut in The Male Animal playing a student. That same year, she appeared in Yankee Doodle Dandy as a receptionist. Other bit parts followed in 1943. In May 1943, Long played "Dora Applegate" in the Broadway play Sons and Soldiers.
In 1944, Long appeared as a leading lady opposite John Wayne in Tall in the Saddle, playing the role of Clara Cardell. The following year she appeared in another Western film, Wanderer of the Wasteland, playing "Jeanie Collinshaw".
In 1947, Long had featured roles in two films noirs, Desperate with Steve Brodie and Born to Kill playing Claire Trevor's sister and Lawrence Tierney's wife. She appeared in several low-budget films from 1948 through 1951. In 1952, Long made her last film, Indian Uprising, playing the role of Norma Clemson. She retired from acting that year.
In January 1945, Long married Edward Rubin, a dialogue director; the marriage ended in divorce in 1951. Long married British novelist Leslie Charteris on April 26, 1952 in California. Charteris was best known for his novels chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, in the literary series The Saint. The couple traveled extensively with Charteris using their travel locations for his Saint novels. The two remained married until his death in 1993.
Long died on September 19, 2014 in Surrey, England. Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes were placed in a large urn which contains the ashes of her late husband Leslie Charteris. The inscription on the urn reads "Love Never Dies".
- The Male Animal (1942), Student
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Dietz and Goff's receptionist
- Eagle Squadron (1942), Nurse
- Pardon My Sarong (1942), Girl on bus with Tommy
- The Great Impersonation (1942), Anna
- A Night of Adventure (1944), Erica Drake Latham
- Tall in the Saddle (1944), Clara Cardell
- Pan-Americana (1945), Jo Anne Benson
- Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945), Jeanie Collinshaw
- The Lost Weekend (1945), Cloakroom attendant
- A Game of Death (1945), Ellen Trowbridge
- Perilous Holiday (1946), Audrey Latham
- Born to Kill (1947), Georgia Staples
- Desperate (1947), Mrs. Anne Randall
- Adventures of Gallant Bess (1948), Penny Gray
- Song of My Heart (1948), Princess Amalya
- Perilous Waters (1948), Judy Gage
- Stage Struck (1948), Nancy Howard
- Miraculous Journey (1948), Mary
- Homicide for Three (1948), Iris Duluth aka Mona Crawford
- Duke of Chicago (1949), Jane Cunningham
- Air Hostess (1949), Lorraine Carter
- Post Office Investigator (1949), Clara Kelso
- Alias the Champ (1949), Lorraine Connors
- Trial Without Jury (1950), Myra Peters
- David Harding, Counterspy (1950), Betty Iverson
- The Petty Girl (1950), Mrs. Connie Manton Dezlow
- Blue Blood (1951), Sue Buchanan
- Insurance Investigator (1951), Nancy Sullivan
- Cavalry Scout (1951), Claire Conville
- Sunny Side of the Street (1951), Gloria Pelley
- The Bigelow Theatre (1951; television series)
- Indian Uprising (1952), Norma Clemson
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