Claudia Barrett

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Claudia Barrett
Claudia Barrett Picture.jpg
Born
Imagene Williams

(1929-11-03) November 3, 1929 (age 89)
Years active1949–1964; 2019
Spouse(s)Alan Wells (m.1953–div.1956)

Claudia Barrett (born Imagene Williams;[1] November 3, 1929) is an American television and film actress.

Early life[edit]

Barrett was born in Los Angeles, California,[1] the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Williams.[2] After high school, she studied at Pasadena Community Playhouse for a year and acted at Encino Little Theatre.[2]

Career[edit]

Though she would mainly be involved with television, her acting career began with film in the late 1940s and 1950s. At age 18, she was signed (as Imagene Williams) to a contract with Warner Bros.[3]

Her first movie appearance was in the 1949 classic film noir White Heat starring James Cagney and Virginia Mayo. The next year she had the part of Miss Dolly Travers in MGM's The Happy Years which starred Dean Stockwell, Darryl Hickman and Leo G. Carroll. Other film credits included The Story of Seabiscuit and Chain Lightning, as well as one of the leads of A Life at Stake, a murder drama starring Angela Lansbury.

In 1953, she played one of the lead roles in the science-fiction film Robot Monster, generally regarded as one of the worst films of all time.[4]

She appeared in numerous television shows including The Abbott and Costello Show, General Electric Theater, "Peter Gunn"' Cavalcade of America, The Lone Ranger, The Roy Rogers Show, Highway Patrol, Tales of Wells Fargo,Death Valley Days,77 Sunset Strip, Matt Clarke, Railroad Detective, Hopalong Cassidy, The Millionaire, Man with a Camera and The Jack Benny Program.

Barrett retired from acting in 1964 but stayed in show business, working for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1949 White Heat Cashier
The Story of Seabiscuit Nurse
1950 Rustlers on Horseback Mrs. Jack Reynolds
Chain Lightning Pilot
The Happy Years Dolly Travers
The Great Jewel Robber Marian Blaine
The Old Frontier Betty Ames
1951 Night Riders of Montana Julie Bauer
1952 Desperadoes' Outpost Kathy
1953 Robot Monster Alice
1955 A Life at Stake Madge Neilan
1957 Chain of Evidence Harriet Owens
1960 Texas Ranger Gilda
1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie Lola
You Have to Run Fast Fran
1962 Escape from Zahrain Nurse
1964 Taggart Lola Manners
2019 The 500 Foot Sister Rita Loud (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Claudia Barrett". NY Times. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Court Approves Imagene Williams Contract with Warner Bros. Studios". The Van Nuys News. California, Van Nuys. September 16, 1948. p. 43. Retrieved September 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ "(photo caption)". The Daily Times. Ohio, New Philadelphia. September 15, 1948. p. 12. Retrieved September 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Elmer Bernstein and Robot Monster Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine

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