- Not to be confused with English actress, Helena Bonham Carter.
Helena Carter in the trailer for
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
August 24, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 11, 2000
Culver City, Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Michael Meshekoff (1953-1997)|
Helena Carter (August 24, 1923 – January 11, 2000) was an American film actress in the 1940s and 1950s who is best known for her work in the film Invaders from Mars as Dr. Patricia Blake.
Carter was born Helen Rickerts in New York City, and her family was of Scottish descent. She graduated from Hunter College and attended graduate school at Columbia University, studying for a teaching degree. During this period she worked as a fashion model, which led to her becoming a cover girl.
Carter was offered a film acting contract by producer Leonard Goldstein, which led to a brief acting career. Her first film role was Time Out of Mind in 1947, which starred Ella Raines, Eddie Albert, and Phyllis Calvert. From 1947 to 1953 she would appear in 13 films, during which time she also worked as a model. In 1948 she appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. One of her most recognizable film roles was opposite Randolph Scott in the 1951 western Fort Worth. Her final film role was in 1953 when she starred in William Cameron Menzies' sci-fi thriller Invaders from Mars.
Carter married twice, the first ending in divorce. On December 31, 1953, she married Michael Meshekoff, with whom she would remain until his death in 1997.
Carter died at age 76 in Los Angeles, California, on January 11, 2000.
|1947||Time Out of Mind||Dora Drake|
|Something in the Wind||Clarissa Prentice|
|1948||River Lady||Stephanie Morrison|
|1949||The Fighting O'Flynn||Lady Benedetta|
|1950||Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye||Margaret Dobson|
|South Sea Sinner||Margaret Landis|
|1951||Double Crossbones||Lady Sylvia Copeland|
|Fort Worth||Amy Brooks|
|1952||Bugles in the Afternoon||Josephine Russell|
|The Golden Hawk||Blanca de Valdiva|
|1953||Invaders from Mars||Dr. Patricia Blake|
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- III, Harris M. Lentz (2001). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2000: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 40–41. ISBN 9780786410248. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
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