Vera Miles

Vera Miles

Vera Miles

Vera Miles

Vera Miles was born in Kansas in 1929. By 1948, she won the title of “Miss Kansas.” The beauty title led to roles in Hollywood and it was long before she was spotted by two of the greatest directors of all times. John Ford started casting her in westerns such as The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). While Alfred Hitchcock thought she was the new Grace Kelly and cast her in The Wrong Man (1956), Vertigo (1958), and Psycho (1960), although she has to withdraw from Vertigo (1958) due to a pregnancy. She became a persistent star in movies like The FBI Story (1959), Back Street (1961), and Sergeant Ryker (1968). She was also popular on television. Miles retired in 1995, never reaching the stardom she deserved.

Vera Miles

Vera Miles

 Filmography

1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home             Laughing Sergeant’s date (uncredited)
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway   Showgirl (uncredited)
1952 For Men Only          Kathy
1952 The Rose Bowl Story            Denny Burke
1953 So Big         Girl (uncredited)
1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms     Trailer Commentator (uncredited)
1953 The Charge at Feather River             Jennie McKeever
1954 Pride of the Blue Grass       Linda
1955 Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle       Jill Hardy
1955 Wichita      Laurie McCoy
1956 23 Paces to Baker Street    Jean Lennox
1956 Autumn Leaves      Virginia Hanson
The Searchers (1956)         Laurie Jorgensen
1956 The Wrong Man     Rose Balestrero
1957 Beau James             Betty Compton
1959 The FBI Story           Lucy Ann Hardesty
1959 Web of Evidence   Lena Anderson
1960 5 Branded Women               Daniza
1960 A Touch of Larceny               Virginia Killain
1960 Psycho       Lila Crane
1961 Back Street              Liz Saxon
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)        Hallie Stoddard
1964 A Tiger Walks          Dorothy Williams
1965 Those Calloways    Lydia (Liddy) Calloway
1966 Follow Me, Boys!   Vida Downey
1966 One of Our Spies Is Missing               Madame Raine De Sala
1967 Gentle Giant            Ellen Wedloe
1967 The Spirit Is Willing               Kate Powell
1968 Hellfighters              Madelyn Buckman
1968 Kona Coast               Melissa Hyde
1968 Mission Batangas Joan Barnes
The Green Berets (1968) Mrs. Lee Kirby (scenes deleted)
1969 It Takes All Kinds    Laura Ring
1970 The Wild Country Kate Tanner
1972 Molly and Lawless John      Molly Parker
1973 One Little Indian    Doris
1974 The Castaway Cowboy        Henrietta MacAvoy
1977 Run for the Roses Clarissa Stewart
1982 BrainWaves             Marian Koonan
1983 Psycho II   Lila Loomis
1985 Into the Night         Joan Caper
1995 Separate Lives        Dr. Ruth Goldin

 

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