Martha Vickers

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Martha Vickers
Martha Vickers in Love and Learn trailer.jpg
Born Martha MacVicar
(1925-05-28)May 28, 1925
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Died November 2, 1971(1971-11-02) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–1960
Spouse(s) A. C. Lyles (1948–1949)
Mickey Rooney (1949–1951)
Manuel Rojas (1954–1965)

Martha Vickers (May 28, 1925 – November 2, 1971) was an American television and film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she began her career as a model and cover girl. Her first film role was a small uncredited part in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1941).

She played minor roles in several films during the early 1940s, and by the end of the decade she had progressed to featured supporting roles, including the role of Carmen Sternwood, the nymphomaniac younger sister of Lauren Bacall's character in The Big Sleep (1946). During the 1950s, Vickers' film career stalled, however she continued to act in television, such as the role of Sheila Hayes in the 1959 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Jaded Joker." Her final two performances in 1960 were on The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.

Personal life and death[edit]

Vickers was married three times; to A. C. Lyles (March 15, 1948 – May 1949), Mickey Rooney (June 3, 1949 – September 25, 1951) and actor Manuel Rojas (October 1, 1954 – 1965). Each marriage ended in divorce. Vickers had one son with Mickey Rooney, and two daughters with Rojas.

She died of esophageal cancer, aged 46, in California, and is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Margareta Uncredited
Captive Wild Woman Dorothy Colman Credited as Martha MacVicar
Top Man High school girl Uncredited
Alternative title: Man of the Family
Hi'ya, Sailor Hostess Uncredited
1944 This Is the Life Girl Uncredited
Marine Raiders Sally Parker Credited as Martha MacVicar
The Mummy's Ghost Miss McLean, a student Uncredited
The Falcon in Mexico Barbara Wade Credited as Martha MacVicar
1946 The Big Sleep Carmen Sternwood
The Time, the Place and the Girl Victoria Cassel
1947 The Man I Love Virginia "Ginny" Brown
That Way with Women Marcia Alden
Love and Learn Barbara Wyngate
1948 Ruthless Susan Duane
1949 Daughter of the West Lolita Moreno
Bad Boy Lila Strawn Alternative title: The Story of Danny Lester
Alimony Kitty Travers aka Kate Klinger
1955 The Big Bluff Valerie Bancroft Alternative title: Worthy Detectives
1957 The Burglar Della
1960 Four Fast Guns Mary Hoag
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Unexpected 1 episode
1953-1951 General Electric Theater Louise
Helen
2 episodes
1954 Ford Theatre Nancy 2 episodes
The Whistler Louise 1 episode
1955 Fireside Theater Ellen Weston
Julie
2 episodes
1956 The Millionaire Ruth Murdock 1 episode
1957 Playhouse 90 1 episode
1959 Perry Mason Sheila Hayes 1 episode
1960 The Rebel Bess Weed
Agnes Boley
2 episodes

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