Beverly Michaels

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Beverly Michaels
Born (1928-12-28)December 28, 1928
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died June 9, 2007(2007-06-09) (aged 78)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Other names Beverley Michaels (incorrectly spelled in her early modeling career)
Occupation Actress/Model
Years active 1948–1956
Spouse(s) Voldemar Vetluguin (1949–1952; divorced)
Russell Rouse (1955–1987; his death; 2 children)
Children Christopher Rouse
Stephen Russell Rouse

Beverly Michaels (December 28, 1928 – June 9, 2007) was an American B-movie actress and cheesecake model of the 1950s.

Career[edit]

Arriving in Hollywood in 1948 at the age of 19 and standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, Michaels quickly found modeling jobs. Initially, she was mistakenly credited in that work as "Beverley Michaels." Later the same year, she had a brief role in the film East Side, West Side, and two years later had a minor role in the film version of Three Little Words.

In 1951, Michaels caught the attention of independent film director and producer Hugo Haas. Haas showcased Michaels in the 1951 film noir Pickup. The movie was a surprise hit, albeit a secondary B feature, and launched Haas' career as a Hollywood director and had a large part in starting the cycle of bad girl movies of the 1950s, which usually starred blonde sex symbols. Their follow-up release The Girl on the Bridge (1951) was not a success, however, and Haas dropped Michaels in favor of newcomer Cleo Moore as his regular female star. Michaels was now a free agent and had uncredited roles in The Marrying Kind and No Hold Barred, both 1952 releases. She returned to film noir projects with a lead role in Wicked Woman (1953), which today is perhaps her mostly widely seen movie.

Michaels later guest-starred on an episode of The Adventures of Falcon, before making the low-budgeted drama Crashout. In 1956, she starred in Women Without Men (also known as Blonde Bait). Upon completing Blonde Bait, she retired permanently from acting.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Michaels was born in New York City. In 1928, she married MGM producer Voldemar Vetluguin,[1] whom she divorced in 1952. She then married director Russell Rouse in 1955, and they subsequently had two children.[2] In 2007, their son Christopher Rouse won an Oscar in editing for The Bourne Ultimatum.[3] She and Russell remained married for 32 years, until his death in 1987.[2]

In the 1980s a cult following grew among fans of the "bad girl" 1950s melodrama genre; and while this public interest centered mostly on Cleo Moore and Mamie Van Doren, Michaels' contributions were duly noted, including a tribute to Wicked Woman written by Lily Tomlin in the short-lived magazine Movies. However, unlike Van Doren, Michaels declined any follow-up interviews from that publicity or attempts to lure her back into the spotlight, opting instead to maintain her privacy in retirement.[citation needed]

Final years and death[edit]

After the death of her husband, Beverly Michaels moved from Southern California to Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived until her death from a stroke, at the age of 78, on June 9, 2007. She is buried in Phoenix at Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery.[4]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marriage License Nr.SM-1442, State of California and Certificate of Marriage, September 2, 1949, Judge of the Municipal Court, Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
  2. ^ a b "Oscar-Winning Director and Writer Russell Rouse". The Los Angeles Times. October 4, 1987. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Rouse - Academy Award Acceptance Speech". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hufford, Robert (2012). "Beverly Michaels," Find a Grave memorial (96651881) created September 7, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2017.