Marie Windsor

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Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor 1954.JPG
Born Emily Marie Bertelsen
(1919-12-11)December 11, 1919
Marysvale, Utah, U.S.
Died December 10, 2000(2000-12-10) (aged 80)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place Marysvale, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1941–1991
Height 5'9"
Spouse(s) Ted Steele (1946; annulled)
Jack Hupp (1954–2000, her death); 1 child
Children Richard Rodney Hupp (b. 1963)

Marie Windsor (December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000)[1] Born as Emily Marie Bertelson in Marysvale, Piute County, Utah, Windsor was an actress known as "The Queen of the Bs" because she appeared in so many B-movies and film noirs.[2]


Windsor was born in 1919 in Marysvale, Utah. She was unofficially appointed "Miss Utah of 1939" by her hometown Chamber of Commerce,[3] and trained for the stage under famed Hollywood actress and coach Maria Ouspenskaya.[a] After working for several years as a telephone operator, a stage and radio actress, and a bit and extra player in films, she began playing feature parts on the big screen in 1947.[5]

The 5'9" actress's first memorable role was a year later opposite John Garfield in Force of Evil playing seductress Edna Tucker. She had roles in numerous 1950s film noirs, especially notably. The Sniper, The Narrow Margin, City That Never Sleeps, and Stanley Kubrick's heist movie, The Killing, playing Elisha Cook Jr.'s scheming wife. She also made a foray into science fiction with the 1953 release of Cat-Women of the Moon.[6] Windsor co-starred with Randolph Scott in The Bounty Hunter (1954).

Later, Windsor moved to television. She appeared in 1954 as Belle Starr in the premiere episode of Stories of the Century. In 1962, she played "Ann Jesse", a woman dying in childbirth, in the episode "The Wanted Man" of Lawman.[7] She appeared on such programs as Maverick, Bat Masterson, Perry Mason, Bourbon Street Beat, The Incredible Hulk, Rawhide, General Hospital, Salem's Lot (TV miniseries), and Murder, She Wrote.

Windsor worked consistently through the '60s and '70s, and remained on screen once or so annually clear up to the 1990s, playing her final role at 72 in 1991. She was among the 500 stars nominated for selection as one of the 50 greatest American screen legends, as part of the American Film Institute's 100 years. Windsor was politically conservative, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Marie Windsor 1942

Windsor married twice, first briefly to bandleader Ted Steele.[9] After they divorced, she married Jack Hupp, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball team. Hupp, with whom Windsor had a son, was posthumously inducted into the University of Southern California (USC) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.[10]

After her acting career was over, Windsor became a painter and sculptor. She died of undisclosed causes on the day before her 81st birthday. She is interred with Hupp in her native Marysvale, Utah.[11]




  • The Public Defender, as Melody Scanlon in "The Ring" (1954)
  • Stories of the Century, as Belle Starr in the series premiere episode (1954)
  • The Californians as Dolly Dawson in "The Regulators" (1957)
  • Bat Masterson, as saloon owner Polly Landers in the episode "The Fighter" (1958)
  • Perry Mason, in the episode "The Case of the Daring Decoy" (1958)
  • Yancy Derringer, in episode 03, "Ticket to Natchez" (1958)
  • Rawhide, in the episode "Incident on the Edge of Madness" (1959) and in "Incident of the Painted Lady" (1961)
  • The Alaskans, as Maria Julien in the episode "Winter Song" (1959)
  • Bourbon Street Beat as Veda Troup in "The 10% Blues" and Mara in "Teresa" (both 1960)
  • The Rebel, as Emma Longdon in "Glory" (1960)
  • Perry Mason, in the episode "The Case of the Madcap Modiste" (1960)
  • Lassie (TV Series) as Mimi in "Little Cabbage" S 7: Ep 12 11/27/60
  • Cheyenne (TV Series) as Thora in "The Mutton Puncher"
  • Perry Mason, in the episode "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark" (1962)
  • Perry Mason, in the episode "The Case of the Wednesday Woman" (1964)
  • Bonanza, in the episode "Five Sundowns to Sunup" (1965)
  • "Batman", in the episodes "Green Ice" and "Deep Freeze" (1966)
  • Wild Women (1970) (TV)
  • Gunsmoke, in the episode "Trafton" (1971)
  • Alias Smith and Jones as Helen Archer in the episode "High Lonesome Country" (1971)(TV)
  • Adam-12 Season 5, Episode 10 "The Chaser", as Jenny (waitress) (1972) (TV)
  • Manhunter (1974) (TV)
  • Salem's Lot (1979) (TV)
  • Charlie's Angels, in the episode "Angels at the Altar" (1979)
  • Lou Grant (2 episodes, 1979 and 1980) (TV)
  • The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) as Belle Star in the episode "Sideshow" (1980)(TV)
  • The Perfect Woman (1981) (TV)
  • J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985) (TV)
  • Tales from the Darkside as Madam Angler in the episode "A New Lease on Life" (1986) (TV)
  • Commando Squad (1987) (TV)
  • Supercarrier (1988) (TV)
  • The New Adam-12 (1990) (TV)
  • Murder She Wrote (2 episodes, 1987 and 1991) (TV)


Explanatory notes
  1. ^ In later years, thanks to her early screen success, Windsor was able to pursue her studies more extensively, primarily with Stella Adler [3] and also at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.[4]
  1. ^ "Overview" on
  2. ^ Marie Windsor at the Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ a b "Marie Windsor" on the Piute County, Utah website
  4. ^ Arkatov, Janice. "Windsor's 'Star' Label Still Intact". The Los Angeles Times. April 23, 1986; retrieved 2015-04-30. "Currently, the objects of that vitality include a son (Ricky, 23), tennis ('though lately I haven't been playing so well') and art (she's sold more than 100 of her paintings)--along with civic duties (the Thalians, John Tracy Clinic, Screen Actors Guild) and ongoing studies (Stella Adler, the Lee Strasberg Institute, Harvey Lembeck Workshop and a recent screen writing class at UCLA)."
  5. ^ Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers), p. 1242.
  6. ^ Cat-Women of the Moon profile,; accessed July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ ""The Wanted Man", April 8, 1962". Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bergan, Ronald (January 23, 2001). "Obituary: Marie Windsor". The Guardian (London, UK). 
  9. ^ Bergan, Ronald (January 23, 2001). "Marie Windsor, glamorous actress famed for bad-girl roles" (Web). London, UK: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  10. ^ USC Official Athletic Website: 2007 Inductees For USC Athletic Hall of Fame Announced,; accessed June 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Marie Windsor at Find a Grave
  12. ^ Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to World Film, since 1885. 2008. Index home page
Further reading
  • Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 1-59393-320-7.

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