Helen Westcott (born Myrthas Helen Hickman, January 1, 1928 – March 17, 1998) was an American stage and screen actor and former child actor. She is best known for her work in The Gunfighter (1950).
Westcott in 1950
Myrthas Helen Hickman
January 1, 1928
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1998 (aged 70)|
Edmonds, Washington, U.S.
(m. 1948; div. 1953)
Joseph Johnson-Smith (1975–1981; his death)
Hazel Beth McArthur
When Westcott was 4 years old, she appeared in a series of short films. At 5, she appeared in the full-length Thunder Over Texas. She appeared opposite Gregory Peck in the western classic The Gunfighter released in 1950. She was also known in part for her role in Charles Lamont's 1953 comedy horror film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Westcott moved from the big screen to television roles in the late 1950s. In 1958 she appeared on Perry Mason as murderer Marcia Greeley in "The Case of the Haunted Husband." She also made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Twilight Zone and Wanted Dead Or Alive.
|1934||Thunder Over Texas||Betty 'Tiny' Norton|
|1935||The Affair of Susan||Engaged Girl on Stoop||Uncredited|
|1935||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Cobweb|
|1936||Without Orders||Little Girl||Uncredited|
|1937||Maid of Salem||Little Girl||Uncredited|
|1941||Henry Aldrich for President||Student||Uncredited|
|1948||13 Lead Soldiers||Cynthia Stedman|
|1948||Smart Girls Don't Talk||Toni Peters|
|1948||Adventures of Don Juan||Lady Diana|
|1949||Alaska Patrol||Mary Lynn|
|1949||Flaxy Martin||Peggy Farrar|
|1949||Homicide||Jo Ann Rice|
|1949||Mr. Belvedere Goes to College||Tri Gam Coed||Uncredited|
|1949||One Last Fling||Annie Mae Hunter|
|1949||The Girl from Jones Beach||Miss Brooks|
|1949||Dancing in the Dark||June||Uncredited|
|1950||Backfire||Miss Haller - Receptionist at Mortuary||Uncredited|
|1950||Three Came Home||Woman Prisoner||Uncredited|
|1950||The Gunfighter||Peggy Walsh|
|1951||Take Care of My Little Girl||Merry Coombs|
|1951||The Secret of Convict Lake||Susan Haggerty|
|1952||Phone Call from a Stranger||Jane Trask|
|1952||Return of the Texan||Averill Murray|
|1952||With a Song in My Heart||Jennifer March|
|1952||Loan Shark||Martha Haines|
|1952||Battles of Chief Pontiac||Winifred Lancaster|
|1953||Cow Country||Linda Garnet|
|1953||The Charge at Feather River||Anne McKeever|
|1953||Gun Belt||Arlene Reach|
|1953||Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||Vicky Edwards|
|1956||I Killed Wild Bill Hickok||Belle Longtree|
|1958||God's Little Acre||Rosamund|
|1958||The Last Hurrah||Mrs. McCluskey||Uncredited|
|1958||Invisible Avenger||Tara O'Neill|
|1958||Monster on the Campus||Nurse Molly Riordan|
|1959||Day of the Outlaw||Vivian|
|1960||Studs Lonigan||Miss Julia Miller|
|1960||Cimarron||Miss Kuye - Schoolteacher||Uncredited|
|1970||Pieces of Dreams||Mrs. Straub|
|1970||I Love My Wife||Mrs. Burrows|
Source: The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies
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