Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RIP Adele Mara

Actress Adele Mara dies at 87

May 10, 2010

Adele Mara, a film and television actress whose many credits included the 1949 John Wayne film "Sands of Iwo Jima," died Friday of natural causes at her home in Pacific Palisades, said her son, John Huggins. She was 87.

Born April 28, 1923, in Highland Park, Mich., Mara started dancing as a youth and was discovered by bandleader Xavier Cugat, her son said. She moved with her parents to Philadelphia to dance with Cugat's band, then moved to Hollywood and began working in movies regularly in the 1940s.

Her other credits included "Angel in Exile" in 1948 and films starring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.

In 1953, she married Roy Huggins, a writer and producer who created such hit television shows as "77 Sunset Strip," "Maverick" and "The Fugitive." He died in 2002.

"My father kept bringing her out of retirement to be in his TV shows," John Huggins said. Her television credits included roles in "Maverick" and "77 Sunset Strip."

MARA, Adele (Adelaida Delgado)
Born: 4/28/1923, Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 5/7/2010, Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.A.

Adel Mara's westerns – actress:
Shut My Big Mouth – 1942 (Conchita Montoya)
Vengeance of the West – 1942 (Anita Morell)
Riders of the Northwest Mounted – 1943 (Gabrielle Renaud)
Flame of the Barbary Coast – 1945 (Marie)
Bells of Rosarita – 1945 (Patty Phillips)
Twilight on the Rio Grande – 1947 (Elena Del Rio)
Robin Hood of Texas – 1947 (Julie)
The Gallant Legion – 1948 (Catalina)
Angel in Exile – 1948 (Raquel Chavez)
Night Time in Nevada – 1948 (Joan Andrews)
Rock Island Trail – 1950 (Constance Strong)
California Passage – 1950 (Beth Martin)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1956 (Rose Marlow, Crystal Ramsey)
The Black Whip – 1956 (Ruthie Dawson)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1956, 1958 (Sarita, Claire Du Pas, Rose Wood)
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 (Maria)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958 (Maria Costa)
Maverick (TV) – 1958, 1960 (June Mundy, Elena Grande, Luisa)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1958, 1961 (Thelma Callum)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959 (Theo)
Laramie (TV) – 1960
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1961 (Sally Burke)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1962 (Rosa)

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