Carol Ohmart

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Carol Ohmart
Carol Ohmart in trailer to House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Born Armelia Carol Ohmart
(1927-06-03)June 3, 1927
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1950–1974

Armelia Carol Ohmart (born June 3, 1927), better known as Carol Ohmart, is an American actress who is best known for the Michael Curtiz film, The Scarlet Hour (1956). She's also known for lead roles in numerous film noir and horror films.

Early Career[edit]

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, into a Mormon family her father was C. Thomas Ohmart, a dentist who was first a professional actor, and Armelia Ohmart. Ohmart won the Miss Utah 1946 title at the age of 19. She then won fourth place in the Miss America pageant.

In 1947, Ohmart became a model for the character "Copper Calhoun" in Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon comic strip.[1] She was seen on early television doing commercials, appearing on NBC's Bonny Maid Versatile Varieties (1949–51), which aired Friday nights at 9pm. Ohmart was seen pitching floor wax along with Anne Francis and Eva Marie Saint, with the trio also hosting the show.[2] Ohmart moved to New York in 1955 where she worked as an understudy on Broadway.

Dubbed as a "female Brando" by the press, Paramount Pictures signed her in 1955 and promoted her as the next Marilyn Monroe. After spending nearly $2 Million promoting her, she was released from her contract. She briefly retired from acting, only to return a year later, starring in numerous films and television series. One of her most noted roles was in William Castle's House on Haunted Hill (1959), playing the murder-plotting wife of Vincent Price.[2]


Milton Caniff draws Steve Canyon's "Copper Calhoon", with Ohmart as his model (1947)[1]

Ohmart had steady work in television until the early 1970s, with guest roles in Bat Masterson, Ripcord, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Get Smart, Perry Mason and Barnaby Jones. Her last film role was in 1974 with The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe. After her acting career, Ohmart left Hollywood to study metaphysics. She was married three times, most notably to actor Wade Preston. In 1978, she married William Traberth, and retired in Sequim, Washington.



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