Margia Dean

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Margia Dean
Born Marguerite Louise Skliris
(1922-04-07) April 7, 1922 (age 93)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation beauty queen, actress, businesswoman
Years active 1944-1964
Spouse(s) Hal Fischer (1939-1945) (divorced)
Felipe Alvarez (1965 present)

Margia Dean is the stage name of Marguerite Louise Skliris-Alvarez (born April 7, 1922), a former American beauty queen and actress of Greek descent.[1] She was born in Chicago, Illinois but moved to San Francisco, California with her parents at a young age.[2] She began acting at the age of 7, appearing on stage in many child roles and later won the Women's National Shakespeare Contest for her role as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet.[2] She also took up modeling and was named "Miss San Francisco" and "Miss California" in 1939.[3][4] She was runner-up to Patricia Donnelly in the "Miss America 1939" competition.[2]

She made her feature film debut in Casanova in Burlesque (1944) and adopted her stage name, Margia Dean.[2] Although never under contract to a studio, most of the films, some 16 in all,[1] she made were for the producer Robert L. Lippert.[2] Her first leading role was in Shep Come Home (1948) and roles followed in Red Desert (1949), The Lonesome Trail (1955), Villa!! (1958) and Seven Women from Hell (1961).[5] Her association with Robert L. Lippert led to her being cast in The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), the first Hammer horror film.[6] Frustrated that her roles were predominantly in B movies, she eventually retired from acting following her marriage in 1965 to her second husband, Brazilian architect Felipe Alvarez.[5] Her final film was Moro Witch Doctor (1964).[5] She briefly became involved in movie production, producing The Long Rope (1961) with Hugh Marlowe as well as a number of television pilots.[2] She has since been vice-president of a real estate firm and has worked in costume design and interior decoration.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Private Life and Times of Margia Dean". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Fitzgerald, Mike. "An Interview with Margia Dean". Western Clippings. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Cozad, W. Lee (2006). More Magnificent Mountain Movies. Lake Arrowhead, California: Sunstroke Media. pp. 196–197. ISBN 978-0-9723372-2-9. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Margia Dean - Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Hearn, Marcus; Barnes, Alan (2007) [1997]. The Hammer Story. The Authorised History of Hammer Films (2nd ed.). London: Titan Books. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-84576-185-1. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Claire James
Miss California
Succeeded by
Rosemary LaPlanche