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Elizabeth Scott

( b. Sep 29, 1922 Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - d. Jan 31, 2015 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Also known as: Emma Matzo [Birthname]
Lizabeth Scott

Lizabeth Scott was an actress billed as another Lauren Bacall or Veronica Lake, and in many of her 22 films she portrayed a good-bad girl with love in her head and larceny in her heart, or vice versa. Her co-stars were Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and other tough gents, and her movies' titles were lurid stuff: "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers," "Dead Reckoning," "Pitfall," "Dark City," "I Walk Alone" and "Bad for Each Other."

She had the goods: the luminous eyes and moist lips that belied a heart of stone, the slinky figure, the sculptured cheekbones, the cascading hair and husky voice suitable for torch songs or seductive close-ups. She gave a riveting performance as a killer in "Too Late for Tears" in 1949 and was captivating as Charlton Heston's singer girlfriend in the revenge thriller "Dark City" in 1950.

By then postwar film noir was losing its appeal, and her last foray into the genre was in "The Racket" (1951), with Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan. Later in the '50s she drifted into mediocre melodramas and even a western. Ms. Scott's heyday lasted barely a decade, and film historians say it never matched the Bacall magic or the Lake sensuality. Her later performances were scorned by many critics, though some said she was thoroughly convincing in unsympathetic roles.

There were also television appearances, on game shows and occasionally on drama series including "Studio 570," "The 20th Century Fox Hour," "Adventures in Paradise" and "The Third Man." She performed on radio shows like "The Lux Radio Theater," and even did television voice-overs for juice and cat-food commercials. She appeared in her last film, "Pulp," with Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney, in 1972.

In 1942, Ms. Scott was the understudy for Tallulah Bankhead in the Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth but had no chance to substitute. When Miriam Hopkins replaced Bankhead in 1943, Ms. Scott returned to modeling. But she was called back to the show to fill in for an ailing Gladys George, who had replaced Hopkins. She won rave reviews, and played the lead in the play's Boston run.

Mr. Wallis noticed her. Screen tests and a Paramount contract followed. She had already dropped the "E" in her first name -- "to be different," she said. She made her film debut in "You Came Along" (1945), then was cast in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946), with Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas. Her scenes were limited, but reviewers praised her performance.

Her breakthrough was "Dead Reckoning" (1947), opposite Bogart. In her ensuing mystery-thrillers -- "I Walk Alone" and "Pitfall" in 1948, "Too Late for Tears" in 1949, "Paid in Full" in 1950 -- she joined the classic pantheon of film noir: beautiful schemers caught in maelstroms of jealousy, greed, betrayal and murder, but irresistible.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Skin of Our Teeth
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Elizabeth Scott [Girl]
Nov 18, 1942 - Sep 25, 1943
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