Marie Windsor (born Emily Marie Bertelsen; December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000) was an actress known for her femme fatale characters in the classic film noir features Force of Evil and The Narrow Margin. Windsor's height created problems for her in scenes with all but the tallest actors. She was the female lead in so many B movies that she became dubbed the "Queen" of the genre.
Windsor in 1956
Emily Marie Bertelsen
December 11, 1919
Marysvale, Utah, U.S.
|Died||December 10, 2000 (aged 80)|
|Resting place||Mountain View Cemetery, Marysvale, Utah, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Ted Steele (1946; annulled)|
Jack Hupp (1954–2000, her death)
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lane Bertelsen, Windsor was born in 1919 in Marysvale, Utah. She graduated from Marysvale High School in 1934, doing a "musical reading" as part of the graduation exercises. She attended Brigham Young University, where she participated in dramatic productions. She was described in a 1939 newspaper article as "an accomplished athlete ... expert as a dancer, swimmer, horsewoman, and plays golf, tennis and skis."
In 1939, Windsor was chosen from a group of 81 contestants to be queen of Covered Wagon Days in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was unofficially appointed "Miss Utah of 1939" by her hometown Chamber of Commerce, and trained for the stage under famed Hollywood actress and coach Maria Ouspenskaya. Voluptuous and leggy, but unusually tall for a starlet of her generation, Windsor felt that she was handicapped when playing opposite actors of average stature (claiming that she had to progressively bend at the knees walking across the room in scene with John Garfield).  As she later recalled, a production with Forrest Tucker as co-star made her happy with finally getting male lead who was her 'own size'.
In 1940, after her move to Hollywood and entering Ouspenskaya's drama school, she appeared in the play Forty Thousand Smiths, her first use of the stage name "Marie Windsor". The next year she appeared in Once in a Lifetime at the Pasadena Playhouse. She also played a villain in a New York production of Follow the Girls. Years later, in the 1980s, she returned to the stage.
Her first film contract, with Warner Bros. in 1942, resulted from her writing jokes and submitting them to Jack Benny. Windsor said she submitted the gags under the name M.E. Windsor "because I was afraid he might be prejudiced against a woman gag writer". When Benny finally met Windsor, "he was stunned by her good looks" and had a producer sign her to a contract. After a tenure with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in which the studio "signed her, put her in two small roles and then promptly forgot her", she signed a seven-year contract in 1948 with The Enterprise Studios.
The actress' first memorable role in 1948 was with John Garfield in Force of Evil playing seductress Edna Tucker. She had roles in numerous 1950s film noirs, notably The Sniper, The Narrow Margin, City That Never Sleeps, and the Stanley Kubrick heist film, The Killing, in which she played Elisha Cook, Jr.'s, scheming wife. She also made her first foray into science fiction with the release of Cat-Women of the Moon (1953). Windsor co-starred with Randolph Scott in The Bounty Hunter (1954).
Later, Windsor moved to television. Marie appeared as “The Mutton Puncher” in episode 3 of Cheyenne, in 1953. She appeared in 1954 as Belle Starr in the premiere episode of Stories of the Century. In 1962, she played Ann Jesse, a woman dying in childbirth, in the episode "The Wanted Man" of Lawman. She appeared on programs such as Maverick, Bat Masterson, Perry Mason, Bourbon Street Beat, The Incredible Hulk, Rawhide, General Hospital, Salem's Lot, and Murder, She Wrote. Windsor worked consistently through the 1960s and 1980s, and remained on screen once or so annually up to the 1990s, playing her final role and going into retirement in 1991 at the age of 72.
Windsor has a star in at 1549 N. Vine Street in the Motion Pictures section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated January 19, 1983. She was among the 500 stars nominated for selection as one of the 50 greatest American screen legends, as part of the American Film Institute's 100 years.
In 1987, Windsor received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best actress for her work in The Bar Off Melrose. She also received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild for her service on the organization's board of directors.
Windsor was married briefly to bandleader Ted Steele. They were wed April 21, 1946, in Marysville, Utah. After they divorced, (an item in a 1953 newspaper column says that the marriage ended with by annulment, not divorce), she married Realtor Jack Hupp, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball team. Hupp had his own family connection with show business; he was the son of actor Earle Rodney.
- Unexpected Uncle (1941) as Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
- Weekend for Three (1941) as Extra (uncredited)
- All-American Co-Ed (1941) as Carrot Queen (uncredited)
- Playmates (1941) as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
- Joan of Paris (1942) as French Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
- Four Jacks and a Jill (1942) as Girl Applying Makeup (uncredited)
- Call Out the Marines (1942) as Pretty Brunette on Tour (uncredited)
- The Lady or the Tiger? (1942) as The Princess (uncredited)
- Flying with Music (1942) as Native Girl (uncredited)
- Parachute Nurse (1942) as Company 'C' Girl (uncredited)
- Smart Alecks (1942) as Nurse
- The Big Street (1942) as Florida Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
- Eyes in the Night (1942) as Actress at Rehearsal (uncredited)
- George Washington Slept Here (1942) as Woman at Train Station (uncredited)
- Chatterbox (1943) as Hostess (uncredited)
- Three Hearts for Julia (1943) as Violinist (uncredited)
- Pilot No. 5 (1943) as Mrs. Claven (uncredited)
- Let's Face It (1943) as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
- The Iron Major (1943) as Young Woman at Dock (uncredited)
- Follow the Leader (1944) as Native Girl in Dream (uncredited)
- I Love My Wife, But! (1947) as Saleswoman (uncredited)
- Living in a Big Way (1947) as Jane, Junior League Girl (uncredited)
- The Hucksters (1947) as Girl on Train (uncredited)
- The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) as Baggett Daughter (uncredited)
- Song of the Thin Man (1947) as Helen Amboy
- The Unfinished Dance (1947) as Saleslady (uncredited)
- On an Island with You (1948) as Jane (uncredited)
- The Pirate (1948) as Madame Lucia (uncredited)
- The Three Musketeers (1948) as Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
- Force of Evil (1948) as Edna Tucker
- Outpost in Morocco (1949) as Cara
- The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) as LaBelle Bergere (uncredited)
- Hellfire (1949) as Mary Carson / Doll Brown
- The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) as Ann Logan
- Dakota Lil (1950) as Dakota Lil
- The Showdown (1950) as Adelaide
- Double Deal (1950) as Terry Miller
- Frenchie (1950) as Diane Gorman
- Little Big Horn (1951) as Celie Donlin
- Hurricane Island (1951) as Jan Bolton
- Two Dollar Bettor (1951) as Mary Slate
- Japanese War Bride (1952) as Fran Sterling
- The Sniper (1952) as Jean Darr
- The Narrow Margin (1952) as Mrs. Frankie Neall
- Outlaw Women (1952) as Iron Mae McLeod
- The Jungle (1952) as Princess Mari
- The Tall Texan (1953) as Laura Thompson
- Trouble Along the Way (1953) as Anne Williams McCormick
- City That Never Sleeps (1953) as Lydia Biddel
- So This Is Love (1953) as Marilyn Montgomery
- Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) as Helen Salinger
- The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) as Cleo Abbott
- Hell's Half Acre (1954) as Rose
- The Bounty Hunter (1954) as Alice Williams
- The Silver Star (1955) as Karen Childress
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) as Madame Rontru
- No Man's Woman (1955) as Carolyn Ellenson Grant
- Two-Gun Lady (1955) as Bess
- Swamp Women (1956) as Josie Nardo
- The Killing (1956) as Sherry Peatty
- The Unholy Wife (1957) as Gwen
- The Parson and the Outlaw (1957) as Tonya
- The Girl in Black Stockings (1957) as Julia Parry
- The Story of Mankind (1957) as Josephine Bonaparte
- Day of the Badman (1958) as Cora Johnson
- Island Women (1958) as Elizabeth
- Paradise Alley (1962) as Linda Belita
- This is Not a Test (1962) as Mrs. Karen Barnes (under pseudonym Carole Kent)
- The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963) as Claire Fielding
- Critic's Choice (1963) as Sally Orr
- Mail Order Bride (1964) as Hanna
- Bedtime Story (1964) as Mrs. Sutton
- Chamber of Horrors (1966) as Madame Corona
- The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) as Polly
- One More Train to Rob (1971) as Louella
- Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) as Goldie
- Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) as Mrs. Green
- The Outfit (1973) as Madge Coyle
- Hearts of the West (1975) as Woman in Nevada
- Freaky Friday (1976) as Mrs. Murphy
- Salem's Lot (1979) as Eva Miller
- Lovely But Deadly (1981) as Aunt May
- Commando Squad (1987) as Casey
- The Public Defender as Melody Scanlon in "The Ring" (1954)
- Stories of the Century as Belle Starr in the series premiere episode (1954)
- Science Fiction Theater as Nell Brown in the episode "Time is Just a Place" (1955)
- Cheyenne as Leda Brandt in "Decision at Gunsight" and as Thora Flagg in "The Mutton Puncher" (both 1957)
- The Californians as Dolly Dawson in "The Regulators" (1957)
- Maverick in the episodes "The Quick and the Dead" (1957) with James Garner and "Epitaph for a Gambler" (1962) with Jack Kelly
- Bat Masterson as saloon owner Polly Landers in "The Fighter" (1958)
- Perry Mason in four episodes:
- as Linda Griffith in "The Case of the Daring Decoy" (1958)
- as Flavia Pierce in "The Case of the Madcap Modiste" (1960)
- as Edith "Edie" Morrow in "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark" (1962)
- as Mrs. Helen Reed in "The Case of the Wednesday Woman" (1964)
- Yancy Derringer in episode 03, "Ticket to Natchez" (1958)
- Rawhide in three episodes:
- "Incident on the Edge of Madness" (1959)
- "Incident of the Painted Lady" (1961)
- "Incident of the Rusty Shotgun" (1964) as Amie Claybank
- The Alaskans as Maria Julien in the episode "Winter Song" (1959)
- Bourbon Street Beat as Veda Troup in "The 10% Blues" and Mara in "Teresa" (both 1960)
- The Rebel as Emma Longdon in "Glory" (1960)
- Lassie as Mimi in "Little Cabbage" (1960)
- Hawaiian Eye in four episodes:
- "The Comics" (1961)
- "The Final Score" (1961)
- "Location Shooting" (1962)
- "Day in the Sun" (1962)
- Bonanza in the episode "Five Sundowns to Sunup" (1965)
- Batman in the episodes "Green Ice" and "Deep Freeze" (1966)
- Wild Women (1970) (TV)
- Gunsmoke in the episode "Trafton" (1971)
- Alias Smith and Jones as Helen Archer in the episode "High Lonesome Country" (1971) (TV)
- Adam-12, as Jenny (waitress) in "The Chaser" (1972)
- Manhunter (1974)
- Salem's Lot (1979)
- Charlie's Angels in the episode "Angels at the Altar" (1979)
- Lou Grant (two episodes, 1979 and 1980)
- The Incredible Hulk as Belle Star in the episode "Sideshow" (1980)
- The Perfect Woman (1981)
- Simon & Simon in three episodes:
- "Murder Between the Lines" (1983)
- "The Dark Side of the Street" (1984)
- "For Old Crime's Sake" (1987)
- J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985)
- Tales from the Darkside as Madam Angler in the episode "A New Lease on Life" (1986)
- Commando Squad (1987)
- Supercarrier (1988)
- The New Adam-12 (1990)
- Murder, She Wrote (two episodes, 1987 and 1991)
- Explanatory notes
- "Marie Windsor". Turner Classic Movies.
- "Marie Windsor: Her Face Is Familiar". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Associated Press. April 11, 1973. p. 51. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Marie Windsor on IMDb.
- "Beautiful 'Y' Coeds Vie For Carnival Queen Honors". Daily Herald. Provo, Utah. April 14, 1938. p. 2. Retrieved June 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "School Gives out Diplomas". The Salt Lake Tribune. May 20, 1934. p. 53. Retrieved June 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Lost Horizons' to Be Staged". Daily Herald. December 8, 1937. p. 3. Retrieved June 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Lady of Lyons' Staged Tonight". Daily Herald. January 18, 1938. p. 4. Retrieved June 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Marysvale Miss Wins Contest For Wagon Days Queen". The Salt Lake Tribune. June 24, 1939. p. 15. Retrieved June 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "B.Y.U. Girl Crowned Queen of S.L. Covered Wagon Days". The Sunday Herald. Provo, Utah. June 25, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved June 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Marie Windsor" on the Piute County, Utah website
- "Screen to Claim 1939 Covered Wagon Days Queen". The Salt Lake Tribune. October 23, 1940. p. 5. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Celebrity Diss and Tell: Stars Talk About Each Other, Boze Hadleigh p.181.
- Celebrity Diss and Tell: Stars Talk About Each Other, Boze Hadleigh p.181.
- Arkatov, Janice. "Windsor's 'Star' Label Still Intact". The Los Angeles Times. April 23, 1986; retrieved 2015-04-30. "Currently, the objects of that vitality include a son (Ricky, 23), tennis ('though lately I haven't been playing so well') and art (she's sold more than 100 of her paintings)--along with civic duties (the Thalians, John Tracy Clinic, Screen Actors Guild) and ongoing studies (Stella Adler, the Lee Strasberg Institute, Harvey Lembeck Workshop and a recent screen writing class at UCLA)."
- "Marysvale Girl Wins Role In Jack Benny Movie". The Salt Lake Tribune. April 23, 1942. p. 13. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Keele, Beth (June 24, 1948). "Utah Star Wows Filmland". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. 39. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'39 Wagon Days Queen Rehearses Coast Play". The Salt Lake Tribune. July 27, 1941. p. 13. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bergan, Ronald (January 23, 2001). "Marie Windsor, glamorous actress famed for bad-girl roles" (Web). The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Bernstein, Adam (December 14, 2000). "Prolific B-Movie Star Marie Windsor Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia (7th ed.). New York: Harper Collins. p. 1242. ISBN 978-0062277114.
- Cat-Women of the Moon profile, imdb.com; accessed July 1, 2015.
- ""The Wanted Man", April 8, 1962". IMDb. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- "Marie Windsor". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Marie Bertelsen Is Wed To Coast Band Leader". The Salt Lake Tribune. June 2, 1946. p. 41. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Campbell, Lilian (August 14, 1953). "Today's Grab Bag". The Freeport Facts. Central Press. p. 2. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- USC Official Athletic Website: 2007 Inductees For USC Athletic Hall of Fame Announced, usctrojans.cstv.com; accessed June 24, 2015.
- Parsons, Louella O. (July 10, 1950). "Nunnally Johnson Confers With Widow Of Rommel On Movie Of Nazi General's Life". Lubbock Morning Avalanche. International News Service. p. 2. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bergan, Ronald (January 23, 2001). "Obituary: Marie Windsor". The Guardian. London.
- Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
- "Marie Windsor". Brief Biographies of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities. March 8, 2005.
- Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to World Film, since 1885. 2008. Index home page
- Further reading
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- Marie Windsor interview with The Perfect Vision magazine at Modern Times Classic Film Pages
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- Literature on Marie Windsor
- Marie Windsor Papers. MSS 2301; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.