Elaine Stewart

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Elaine Stewart
Elaine Stewart in The Bad and the Beautiful trailer.jpg
Publicity photo from The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Born Elsy Steinberg
(1930-05-31)May 31, 1930
Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
Died June 27, 2011(2011-06-27) (aged 81)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1952–76
Spouse(s) Bill Carter (1961–63; divorced)
Merrill Heatter (1964–2011; her death); 2 children
Children Stewart and Gabrielle

Elaine Stewart (born Elsy Steinberg; May 31, 1930 – June 27, 2011)[1] was an American actress and model.


Stewart was born in Montclair, New Jersey. She was one of five children born into a German Jewish family.[2] Her father was a police sergeant.[3]

In 1961, she married actor Bill Carter. They divorced in 1964, and she married television producer Merrill Heatter[4] on December 31, 1964. They had a son, Stewart, and a daughter, Gabrielle.[1]


Stewart made her debut by winning Miss See in See Magazine[5] in 1952, with measurements 34–25–36. She was in many magazines such as Playboy and Photoplay.


Stewart had a supporting role in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), as Lila, a starlet who has a romantic fling with a producer played by Kirk Douglas. She was featured as Julie, the love interest of Sgt Ryan, played by Richard Widmark, in Take the High Ground! (1953) and co-starred with Mickey Rooney in a 1953 comedy, A Slight Case of Larceny.

She appeared in other films, such as Brigadoon, Night Passage, Code Two, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, and The Adventures of Hajji Baba. Stewart had a small but key role, as Anne Boleyn, in 1953's Young Bess. She co-starred with Jeff Chandler in the film noir The Tattered Dress (1957), with Victor Mature in the western Escort West (1958) and shared top billing with John Derek in a 1958 adventure film, High Hell, before turning to television.


Stewart guest-starred in TV series such as Bat Masterson and Burke's Law, both starring Gene Barry. In her last acting appearance on TV, she played Irene Grey in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Capering Camera" in 1964. Stewart was a co-hostess on two 1970s game shows, Gambit with Wink Martindale[6]:377 and the nighttime edition of High Rollers with Alex Trebek,[6] both produced by her husband, Merrill Heatter.


On June 27, 2011, Stewart died at her home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 81.[4] She was survived by her husband and two children.[7]


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (June 27, 2011). "Elaine Stewart obituary in 'The Hollywood Reporter' (June 27, 2011)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ Ronald Bergan (July 8, 2011). "Elaine Stewart obituary". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ "A Starlet Goes Home to Jersey". Life. 166-168. March 23, 1953. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2012). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2011. McFarland. pp. 332–333. ISBN 9780786469949. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Foster, Richard (2005). Real Bettie Page: The Truth About the Queen of Pinups. Citadel Press. p. 40. ISBN 9780806520759. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 459. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  7. ^ "Actress Elaine Stewart dead at 81". CBS News. June 28, 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 

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