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Hillary Brooke (born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson,[4] September 8, 1914 – May 25, 1999) was an American film actress. Though American-born, she began cultivating a sophisticated English accent to get more film parts early in her career. It eventually became second nature to her, and she was cast as a British woman in most of her films, including one that was produced in the United Kingdom.

Hillary Brooke
Born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson
(1914-09-08)September 8, 1914
Astoria, New York, U.S.
Died May 25, 1999(1999-05-25) (aged 84)
Bonsall, California, U.S.
Other names Hillary Brook
Alma mater Columbia University[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937–1960
Alan Shute (m. 1936–1940)

Jack Voglin (m. 1941–1948)

Raymond A. Klune (m. 1960–1988)
(his death)
Children Donald Voglin
Carol V. Klune (step daughter) from Lillian and Raymond A. Klune [2][3]



A former model, the 5′6″ blonde was born in Astoria, New York. She was a regular on several television series of the early 1950s.

She was a regular on the 1952–1955 Gale Storm TV series My Little Margie, playing Roberta Townsend, the glamorous love interest of Margie's father Vern Albright (Charles Farrell).

On The Abbott and Costello Show, produced in the early 1950s and syndicated for decades afterwards, Brooke played the role of a straitlaced, classy tenant of the rooming house where the two main characters lived. She was treated with reverence by the duo and was not a target of pranks and slapstick. The love interest of Lou Costello, he worshipped her and she always addressed him as "Louis". Like the other main characters, her character's name in the show was her real name. She also appeared in Africa Screams (1949) and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) with the comedy team.

She co-starred in three Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) and The Woman in Green (1945).

Her other film credits include Jane Eyre (1943), The Enchanted Cottage (1945), Lucky Losers (1950) with The Bowery Boys, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), the 3-D film The Maze (1953), and the sci-fi B-movie classic Invaders from Mars (1953).

On September 28, 1957, she played Doris Cole in the second episode of Perry Mason, titled "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece". Brooke also played Angela Randall in I Love Lucy's "The Fox Hunt", which aired February 6, 1956. She retired from television in 1960 following guest appearances on Richard Diamond, Private Detective as Laura Renault and in Michael Shayne as Greta Morgan.

Marriages and personal lifeEdit

Hillary Brooke was married to Raymond A. Klune, an executive at MGM, from 1960 until his death on September 24, 1988. She had a stepdaughter Carol V. Klune.

Brooke was also married to Jack Voglin (1941–1948) and had one son Donald Voglin.[5]

She was a Democrat who supported Adlai Stevenson's campaign in the 1952 presidential election[6].


On May 25, 1999, Brooke died from a blood clot in the lung at a hospital in Fallbrook, California.[7] She was cremated with her ashes scattered at sea[8]. Her brother, actor Arthur Peterson, died in 1996; [7] For her contribution to the television industry, Hillary Brooke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6307 Hollywood Boulevard.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Bergan, Ronald (10 June 1999). "Hillary Brooke". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Hillary Brooke, 84; Actress in Movies". 8 June 1999. Retrieved 26 February 2018 – via
  3. ^ "Obituary: Hillary Brooke". 3 June 1999. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  4. ^ Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 77. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Hillary Brooke - The Private Life and Times of Hillary Brooke. Hillary Brooke Pictures". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  6. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  7. ^ a b "Hillary Brooke, 84; Actress in Movies". The New York Times. 1999-06-08. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  8. ^ Wilson, Scott (19 August 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books.

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