|Born||Emily Marie Bertelsen
December 11, 1919
Marysvale, Utah, U.S.
|Died||December 10, 2000
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Marysvale, Utah|
|Spouse(s)||Ted Steele (1946) annulled 1 stepson
Jack Hupp (1954–2000, her death) 1 child
Richard Rodney Hupp (b. 1963)
Marie Windsor (December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000). Born as Emily Marie Bertelson in Marysvale, Piute County, Utah, Windsor was an actress known as "The Queen of the Bs" because she appeared in so many B-movies and film noirs.
Windsor, a former Miss Utah, trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya, and after several years as a telephone operator, a stage and radio actress, and a bit and extra player in films, she began playing feature and lead parts in 1947.
The 5'9" actress's first memorable role was opposite John Garfield in Force of Evil playing seductress Edna Tucker. Windsor also co-starred with Randolph Scott in his 1954 western The Bounty Hunter. She had large roles in film noirs including The Sniper, The Narrow Margin, City That Never Sleeps, and Stanley Kubrick's heist movie The Killing playing Elisha Cook Jr.'s scheming wife.
Later she moved to television, having appeared in 1954 as the bandit Belle Starr in the premiere episode of the syndicated western series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. Windsor then appeared on such programs as Maverick (in the episodes "The Quick and the Dead" with James Garner and "Epitaph for a Gambler" with Jack Kelly), Bat Masterson (in "The Fighter") opposite Gene Barry, four episodes of Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr, two episodes of Bourbon Street Beat starring Andrew Duggan, The Incredible Hulk, Rawhide ("Incident on the Edge of Madness"), General Hospital, Salem's Lot, and Murder, She Wrote.
Windsor was one of the 500 stars nominated to become one of the 50 greatest American screen legends as part of the American Film Institute's 100 years. Windsor was politically conservative, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and was supportive of The Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Windsor married twice, first briefly to bandleader Ted Steele, and later to Jack Hupp, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball team. Hupp, with whom Windsor had a son, was posthumously inducted into the University of Southern California (USC) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. After her acting career was over, Windsor became a painter and sculptor. She died of undisclosed causes on the day before her 81st birthday. She is interred with Hupp in Marysvale, Utah.
- The Public Defender, as Melody Scanlon in "The Ring" (1954)
- Stories of the Century, as Belle Starr in the series premiere episode (1954)
- The Californians as Dolly Dawson in "The Regulators" (1957)
- Bat Masterson, as saloon owner Polly Landers in the episode "The Fighter" (1958)
- Perry Mason, in the episode "The Case of the Daring Decoy" (1958)
- Rawhide, in the episode "Incident on the Edge of Madness" (1959)
- The Alaskans, as Maria Julien in the episode "Winter Song" (1959)
- Bourbon Street Beat as Veda Troup in "The 10% Blues" and Mara in "Teresa" (both 1960)
- The Rebel, as Emma Longdon in "Glory" (1960)
- Rawhide, in "Incident of the Painted Lady" (1961)
- Perry Mason, in the episode "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark" (1962)
- Bonanza, in the episode "Five Sundowns to Sunup" (1965)
- Wild Women (1970) (TV)
- Gunsmoke, in the episode "Trafton" (1971)
- Alias Smith and Jones as Helen Archer in the episode "High Lonesome Country" (1971)(TV)
- Manhunter (1974) (TV)
- Salem's Lot (1979) (TV)
- Charlie's Angels, in the episode "Angels at the Altar" (1979)
- Lou Grant (2 episodes, 1979 and 1980) (TV)
- The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) as Belle Star in the episode "Sideshow" (1980)(TV)
- The Perfect Woman (1981) (TV)
- J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985) (TV)
- Tales from the Darkside (1986) (TV)
- Commando Squad (1987) (TV)
- Supercarrier (1988) (TV)
- Adam 12 (1990) (TV)
- Murder She Wrote (2 episodes, 1987 and 1991) (TV)
- Marie Windsor at the Internet Movie Database.
- Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers) 1242.
- Bergan, Ronald (January 23, 2001). "Obituary: Marie Windsor". The Guardian (London).
- Bergan, Ronald (January 23, 2001). "Marie Windsor, glamorous actress famed for bad-girl roles" (Web). London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- USC Official Athletic Website: 2007 Inductees For USC Athletic Hall of Fame Announced
- Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to World Film, since 1885. 2008. Index home page
- Further reading
- Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN #1-59393-320-7.
- Marie Windsor at the Internet Movie Database
- Marie Windsor at the Internet Broadway Database
- Marie Windsor at AllRovi
- Marie Windsor interview with The Perfect Vision magazine at Modern Times Classic Film Pages
- Marie Windsor at Find a Grave
- Literature on Marie Windsor