Indus Arthur

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Indus Arthur
Born Indus Jo Saugstad
(1941-04-28)April 28, 1941
Los Angeles County California, U.S.
Died December 29, 1984(1984-12-29) (aged 43)
Los Angeles County California, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer, Harpist
Years active 1963–1984, her death

Indus Arthur (April 28, 1941 – December 29, 1984) was an actress in motion pictures and television in the 1960s.


Born Indus Jo Saugstad, she was from Los Angeles County. She had blue eyes, blonde hair, and a humorous quirk to her lips. Both Arthur and her grandmother were named for the Indus River in Tibet. Her grandmother once visited the river, and Arthur possessed a desire to do so. Her father was a still cameraman for a number of Hollywood studios. He opposed the fact that Arthur and her two sisters were becoming involved in films.


Arthur signed as the leading lady for the mystery play, Uncle Marston, in April 1963. The production was staged at the Stage Society Theater in Los Angeles, California. A reviewer referred to her acting prowess in the role of an agitated Derbyshire heiress, commenting Arthur is a lovely, polished performer. Previously she had appeared in theater in London, England and at the Dublin Playhouse in Dublin, Ireland.


Sydney Pollack's directing debut The Slender Thread (1965) showcases two fine acting talents in Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft. As Marian, Arthur plays an employee of a crisis clinic which counsels potential suicide victims.

She was assigned a role in Alvarez Kelly (1966), a western that was set during the era of the American Civil War. It featured a Mexican cattleman played by William Holden and a military colonel depicted by Richard Widmark.

Arthur's other movies are Angel's Flight (1965), M* A* S* H (1970), and The Christian Licorice Store (1971).


Arthur was a prolific actress on television. Among her many appearances are episodes of the Kraft Suspense Theater (1964–1965), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1965), Ben Casey (1965), T.H.E. Cat (1966), The Virginian (1966), The Wild Wild West (1966), Dragnet (1967), and General Hospital (1963, 1970–1973). She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason (1965–1966); first as Nancy Bryant in "The Case of the Telltale Tap," then as defendant, Barbara Kramer, in "The Case of the Dead Ringer", when series star, Raymond Burr, doubled as Perry and Grimes, the murderer.

Personal life[edit]

Arthur became a proponent of good skin care, in part because of her difficulty with overactive oil glands. She shared diet tips with others, suggesting that people avoid foods with iodine, like salt and shellfish. She advised that steaming the face would keep the pores entirely clean. Arthur used an electronic steamer for instant steam with no risk of burning herself.

Near the end of her life, Arthur entertained as a singer and harpist in clubs like the Scripture Gardens Coffee House in Venice, California.

Indus Arthur died in Los Angeles County in 1984 of skin cancer at age 43.


  • "Indus Arthur Signed for Mystery Drama". Los Angeles Times. April 26, 1963. p. C12. 
  • "Uncle Marston Suspenseful". Los Angeles Times. May 10, 1963. p. D10. 
  • "Indus Arthur Overcomes Movie Family Background". Pasadena Independent Star-News. January 31, 1965. p. 65. 
  • "Movie Call Sheet". Los Angeles Times. November 25, 1965. p. C30. 
  • "Thread Deals In Suicide". Los Angeles Times. December 16, 1965. p. D25. 
  • "Wild West Guest". Los Angeles Times. February 4, 1966. p. C19. 
  • "Indus Arthur To Guest". Los Angeles Times. June 29, 1966. p. D19. 
  • "Indus All Steamed Up About Good Skin Care". Los Angeles Times. August 28, 1967. p. D24. 
  • "Clubs". Los Angeles Times. December 9, 1984. p. S88. 

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