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Verna Charlene Stavely, professionally known as Charlene Holt, was an American actress known for her supporting roles in television and film.

Charlene Holt
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Verna Charlene Stavely

April 28, 1928
Snyder, Texas, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 1996 (aged 67)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1962–1980
Spouse(s)William A. Tishman (1966-1972) (divorced)


Early lifeEdit

Holt was born on April 28, 1928, in Snyder, Texas, to Malcolm C. and Verna Vesta Stavely, née Chandler.[1][2][3] After she graduated from high school in Hagerman, New Mexico, she attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. She was a model in Houston, Texas.

In 1956, Holt was crowned Miss Maryland[4] and in July, 1956 participated in the Miss USA pageant in Long Beach, California where she was a semi-finalist. In August, 1957 she was among nine models sent to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Rose Marie Reid Swim Suits of Los Angeles and the Eileen Ford Agency in New York City.

Holt appeared in various TV commercials in 1958 and reportedly signed a $50,000-a-year modeling contract in New York at age 29. She was in a Revlon lipstick commercial, in which she was reportedly spotted[1] by director Howard Hawks who later cast her in several of his films. She was subsequently named "Miss Sweater Girl" in October, 1958 by the Wool Bureau. The contest was held in the Crystal Suite of the Savoy Hilton Hotel in New York.


Holt's first credited role was as Lisa, a model, in If a Man Answers, a 1962 comedy film directed by Henry Levin and starring Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Holt married William A. Tishman, a millionaire builder in Los Angeles on October 7, 1966. They resided in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates until their divorce in June 1972.

Holt died on April 5, 1996, in Williamson County, Tennessee. She was 67.



  1. ^ a b "Charlene Holt - The Private Life and Times of Charlene Holt. Charlene Holt Pictures". Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  2. ^ "Charlene Holt | Biography, Photos, Movies, TV, Credits |". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2015-07-23.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Charlene Holt Filmography and Movies". Fandango. 1940-01-01. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ "Miss Maryland Usa And Miss Maryland Teen Usa". Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  5. ^ "Charlene Holt (1928–1996)". Retrieved 2015-07-23.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gloria Ruth King
Miss Maryland USA
Succeeded by
Mary Leona Gage