|Born||Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson
September 8, 1914
Astoria, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 25, 1999
Bonsall, California, U.S.
|Other names||Hillary Brook|
Raymond A. Klune (m. 1960–88) (his death)
Hillary Brooke (September 8, 1914 – May 25, 1999) was an American film actress best known for her work in Abbott and Costello and Sherlock Holmes films. She also played Lou Costello's love interest in the first season of The Abbott and Costello Show.
A former model, the 5'6" blonde was born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson in Astoria, New York but in films spoke with a cultured accent. Brooke developed this early in her career to separate herself from other sexy blonde American actresses, and many of the characters she played were British. She appeared in Africa Screams (1949) and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) with the comedy team, and was a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show. She also co-starred in three Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, including The Woman in Green (1945).
Her other film credits include Jane Eyre (1943), The Enchanted Cottage (1945), Lucky Losers (1950) with The Bowery Boys, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), the 3-D film The Maze (1953), and the sci-fi B-movie classic Invaders from Mars (1953).
In The Abbott and Costello Show, which was broadcast in the early 1950s but syndicated for decades afterwards, Brooke played the role of a straitlaced, classy fellow tenant of the rooming house where the two main characters lived. She was treated with deference by the duo and was not a target of pranks and slapstick. As the love interest of Lou Costello, she always addressed him as "Louis". Like the other main characters, her character's name in the show was her real name.
On September 28, 1957, she played Doris Cole in the second episode of the Perry Mason TV show, titled "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece". Brooke also played Angela Randall in an infamous episode of I Love Lucy, entitled "The Fox Hunt", which aired February 6, 1956. She retired from television in 1960 with guest appearances on Richard Diamond, Private Detective as Laura Renault and Michael Shayne as Greta Morgan.
She was also a regular on the 1952–1955 TV series My Little Margie, playing Roberta Townsend, the glamorous love interest of Margie's father.
Hillary Brooke was married to Raymond A. Klune, an executive at MGM, from 1960 until his death on September 24, 1988. She had one child, a son Donald Klune, as well as a stepdaughter, Carol Klune.
Brooke was also married to Jack Voglin.
On May 25, 1999, Brooke died from undisclosed causes at a hospital in Fallbrook, California. She was survived by her son, her step-daughter, a brother Arthur Peterson; various grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
- Counter-Espionage (1942)
- Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942
- Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
- Road to Utopia (1943, released 1946)
- Jane Eyre (1943)
- Ministry of Fear (1944)
- The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
- The Woman in Green (1945)
- The Strange Woman (1946)
- Africa Screams (1949)
- Lucky Losers (1950)
- The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)
- Lost Continent (1951)
- Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
- Mexican Manhunt (1953)
- Invaders From Mars (1953)
- The Maze (1953)
- The House Across the Lake (1954) aka Heat Wave
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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