Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Elaine Stewart 1930-2011


Elaine Stewart, a former model and '50s leading lady, died Monday at her home after a long illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 81.

Stewart was born in Montclair, New Jersey as Elsy Steinberg. In 1961, nearing the end of her television career, she married actor Bill Carter. After her divorce from Carter, she married television producer Merrill Heatter on Dec. 31, 1964.

Stewart, most known for two 1954 films in which she starred opposite Gene Kelly in 'Brigadoon' and John Derek in 'The Adventures of Hajji Baba', also appeared in two popular game shows in the '70s.

The leading lady starred with Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas in film, 'The Bad and the Beautiful' in 1952. She also starred in 'Take the High Ground' with Richard Widmark and Karl Malden in 1953. Stewart was featured in 18 films during the 1950s and graced the cover of Life magazine in 1953 alongside the headline, 'Budding Starlet Visits the Folks in Jersey.'

In 1952, Stewart beat out hundreds of other aspiring models for the title of 'Miss See' and a photo spread in See Magazine. She was also signed to a film contract with MGM and landed her first role in 'Sailor Beware' with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

She is also known as the co-hostess on two 1970s game shows, Gambit with Wink Martindale and the nighttime edition of High Rollers with Alex Trebek, both produced by her husband.

Stewart is survived by Heatter, her husband of 46 years, and their children, Stewart and Gabrielle.





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1 comment:

  1. You know, there were times in Brigadoon that when she was sitting with Gene Kelly at the restaurant, with a certain turn of her head, she would look like Cyd Charisse. It was a very interesting scene. She was a beauty.



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