Helen Westcott in 1950
|Born||Myrthas Helen Hickman
January 1, 1928
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1998
Edmonds, Washington, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Don Gordon (m. 1948; div. 1953)
Joseph Johnson-Smith (1975–1981; his death)
Hazel Beth McArthur
Born Myrthas Helen Hickman, she was the daughter of singer Hazel Beth McArthur and Warner Bros. studio actor Gordon Westcott who died when Helen was 7 years old, in 1935. She attended Los Angeles City College.
When Westcott was 4 years old, she appeared in a series of short films. At 5, she appeared in the full-length Thunder Over Texas. She appeared opposite Gregory Peck in the western classic The Gunfighter released in 1950. She was also known in part for her role in Charles Lamont's 1953 comedy horror film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Westcott moved from the big screen to television roles in the late 1950s. In 1958 she appeared on Perry Mason as murderer Marcia Greeley in "The Case of the Haunted Husband." She also made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Twilight Zone and Wanted Dead Or Alive.
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