Marie Windsor (December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000). Born as Emily Marie Bertelson in Marysvale, Piute County, Utah, Windsor was an actress known as "The Queen of the Bs" because she appeared in so many B-movies and film noirs.
Windsor, a former Miss Utah, trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya, and after several years as a telephone operator, a stage and radio actress, and a bit and extra player in films, she began playing feature and lead parts in 1947.
The 5'9" actress's first memorable role was opposite John Garfield in Force of Evil playing seductress Edna Tucker. Windsor also co-starred withRandolph Scott in his 1954 western The Bounty Hunter. She had large roles in film noirs including The Sniper, The Narrow Margin, City That Never Sleeps, and Stanley Kubrick's heist movie The Killing playing Elisha Cook Jr.'s scheming wife.
Later she moved to television, having appeared in 1954 as the bandit Belle Starr in the premiere episode of the syndicated western series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. Windsor then appeared on such programs as Maverick (in the episodes "The Quick and the Dead" with James Garner and "Epitaph for a Gambler" with Jack Kelly), Bat Masterson (in "The Fighter") opposite Gene Barry, four episodes of Perry Masonstarring Raymond Burr, two episodes of Bourbon Street Beat starring Andrew Duggan, The Incredible Hulk, Rawhide ("Incident on the Edge of Madness"), General Hospital, Salem's Lot, and Murder, She Wrote.
In 1962, Windsor played Ann Jesse, a woman dying in childbirth, in the episode "The Wanted Man" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series,Lawman, starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Her wanted husband, Frank (Dick Foran), orders their son, Ben (Jan Stine) to turn him into Marshal Dan Troop in order to collect the $5,000 reward to have the means to rear his surviving infant brother. Meanwhile, Troop counters Joe Street (Alan Baxter), a bounty hunter seeking the same reward.
Windsor was among the 500 stars nominated to become one of the 50 greatest American screen legends as part of the American Film Institute's 100 years.
Windsor was politically conservative, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and was supportive of The Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Windsor married twice, first briefly to bandleader Ted Steele, and later to Jack Hupp, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball team. Hupp, with whom Windsor had a son, was posthumously inducted into the University of Southern California (USC) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. After her acting career was over, Windsor became a painter and sculptor. She died of undisclosed causes on the day before her 81st birthday. She is interred with Hupp in Marysvale, Utah.