Helena Carter

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Not to be confused with English actress, Helena Bonham Carter.
Helena Carter
Helena Carter from Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.jpg
Helena Carter in the trailer for
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Born Helen Rickerts
(1923-08-24)August 24, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died January 11, 2000(2000-01-11) (aged 76)
Culver City, Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Michael Meshekoff (1953-1997)
Children 1

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.

Early years[edit]

Carter was born Helen Rickerts in New York City,[1] and her family was of Scottish descent. She graduated from Hunter College and attended graduate school at Columbia University, studying for a teaching degree.[2] 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,[1] 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.[3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Carter married twice, the first ending in divorce. On December 31, 1953, she married Michael Meshekoff,[4] with whom she would remain until his death in 1997.


Carter died at age 76 in Los Angeles, California, on January 11, 2000.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1947 Time Out of Mind Dora Drake
Something in the Wind Clarissa Prentice
Intrigue Linda Parker
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
The Pathfinder Alison
1953 Invaders from Mars Dr. Patricia Blake


  1. ^ a b "Helena Carter; Model, Movie Actress of 1940s and '50s". Los Angeles Times. January 25, 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Helena Carter One of Several Standouts in Movie Now Unreeling". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. August 31, 1950. p. 14. Retrieved November 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Movie Fencers". Life Magazine. November 8, 1948. 
  4. ^ "Marriages". Billboard. January 16, 1954. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  5. ^ 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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