Adele Mara

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Adele Mara
Adele Mara (The Tiger Women-1945).jpg
Adele Mara in 1945
Born Adelaida Delgado
(1923-04-28)April 28, 1923
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
Died May 7, 2010(2010-05-07) (aged 87)
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Resting place San Fernando Mission Cemetery
Occupation Actress
Years active 1941–1978
Spouse(s) Roy Huggins (1952–2002) (his death) 3 children
Children Thomas Huggins (b. 1960)
John Huggins (b. 1961)
James Patrick Huggins (b. 1963)[1]

Adele Mara (April 28, 1923 – May 7, 2010), born Adelaida Delgado,[2] was an American actress, singer and dancer who appeared in films during the 1940s and 1950s[3] and on television in the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1940s, the blonde actress was also a popular pinup girl.

Early years[edit]

1947 publicity photo

Mara was born in Highland Park, Michigan, to Spanish parents.[4][5]


Mara danced as part of bandleader Xavier Cugat's show.[5]


One of Mara's early roles was as a receptionist in the Three Stooges film I Can Hardly Wait. Other films include The Vampire's Ghost, Wake of the Red Witch, Angel in Exile, Sands of Iwo Jima, California Passage, and Don Siegel's Count the Hours.

Mara and Leslie Brooks played the sisters of Rita Hayworth's character in the Fred Astaire film You Were Never Lovelier. In the film Alias Boston Blackie (1942), she plays the leading female role as the sister of an escaped and wrongfully accused con.


In 1958, Mara played Maria Costa in the Bat Masterson episode "Double Showdown," with Gene Barry and Jean Willes. In 1961, Mara appeared as a nurse with Cesar Romero on CBS's The Red Skelton Show in a sketch titled "Deadeye and The Alamo." About this time she guest starred on the NBC western series, The Tall Man.


Mara died of natural causes on May 7, 2010.


Mara was married to television writer/producer Roy Huggins and appeared as the leading lady in three episodes of his 1957 television series Maverick, including "Seed of Deception" with James Garner and Jack Kelly in the first season, "The Spanish Dancer" with Kelly and Richard Long in the second season, and "The Marquessa" with Kelly in the third season.

Selected filmography[edit]

Adele Mara (r.) with Jean Willes and Gene Barry in Bat Masterson, 1959


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  2. ^ Michael G. Fitzgerald, Boyd Magers (2006). Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. McFarland. p. 149. ISBN 9780786426560. 
  3. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2010; page AA6.[1]
  4. ^ Chicagotribune 1947-Adele Mara.
  5. ^ a b Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the ...By Michael G. Fitzgerald, Boyd Magers.

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