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December 28, 1928|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 9, 2007
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Other names||Beverley Michaels (incorrectly spelled in her early modeling career)|
|Spouse(s)||Voldemar Vetluguin (1949–1952; divorced)
Russell Rouse (1955–1987; his death; 2 children)
Stephen Russell Rouse
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.
Michaels was born in New York City. In 1928, she married MGM producer Voldemar Vetluguin, whom she divorced in 1952. She then married director Russell Rouse in 1955, and they subsequently had two children. In 2007, their son Christopher Rouse won an Oscar in editing for The Bourne Ultimatum. She and Russell remained married for 32 years, until his death in 1987.
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.
Final years and death
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.
- East Side, West Side (1949)
- Three Little Words (1950)
- Pickup (1951)
- The Girl on the Bridge (1951)
- The Marrying Kind (1952–uncredited)
- No Hold Barred (1952–uncredited)
- Wicked Woman (1953)
- The Adventures of Falcon (1955–1 episode)
- Crashout (1955)
- Betrayed Women (1955)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956–1 episode)
- Cheyenne (1956–1 episode)
- Women Without Men (1956) (A.K.A. Blonde Bait)
- Marriage License Nr.SM-1442, State of California and Certificate of Marriage, September 2, 1949, Judge of the Municipal Court, Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
- "Oscar-Winning Director and Writer Russell Rouse". The Los Angeles Times. October 4, 1987. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
- "Christopher Rouse - Academy Award Acceptance Speech". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- Hufford, Robert (2012). "Beverly Michaels," Find a Grave memorial (96651881) created September 7, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2017.