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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/8/2015 (4 years ago)
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Smoky voiced blonde left film acting after 13 years - but left lasting impression

Lizabeth Scott, a blonde, willowy actor with a smoky voice and checkered past, lit up the Hollywood film genre that would later be termed by the French as "film noir." Hardboiled stories about detectives, no-good broads and petty criminals, Scott was the single actor most associated with film noir, usually as the femme fatale. Scott has died of congestive heart failure. She was 92.

'What you call film noir I call 'psychological drama,'' actress Lizabeth Scott -- who starred in many such films, once declared.

"What you call film noir I call 'psychological drama,'" actress Lizabeth Scott -- who starred in many such films, once declared.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
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2/8/2015 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: Lizabeth Scott, film noir, actress, death

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Starring alongside Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster, Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin and even Elvis Presley, Scott had large roles in the films "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers," "Dead Reckoning" and "Too Late for Tears." She starred with Elvis Presley in "Loving You," as well as the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis Comedy, "Scared Stiff."

In defining film noir, Scott herself had her own definition. "What you call film noir I call 'psychological drama.' It reflects the fact that there are so many facets in human beings. And that is why I don't know if anyone else calls it 'psychological drama' but I do. At that time, to myself, it was psychological and dramatic, because it showed all these facets of human experience and conflict, that these women [femme fatales] could be involved with their heart and yet could think with their mind."

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While she entertained friends and was no hermit, Lizabeth Scott kept a low profile, living in Hollyw

While she entertained friends and was no hermit, Lizabeth Scott kept a low profile, living in Hollywood until her death on January 31.

Born Emma Matzo in Dunsmore, Pennsylvania, on September 29, 1922, Lizabeth Scott grew up in the "Czech ghetto" of Scranton. After finishing high school, Scott worked as a model in New York while attending the Alvienne School of Drama and took "Elizabeth Scott" as her stage name.

Her first big break came when she was hired to understudy famed actress Tallulah Bankhead in the 1942-1943 Broadway production of "The Skin of Our Teeth." Her turn at the stage didn't come until Miriam Hopkins assumed the lead part. When Hopkins fell ill, Scott was a last minute replacement for two nights. She gained critical acclaim and was spotted by Warner Brothers' producer Hal B. Wallis, who ordered an assistant to line up an interview with her.

Changing her stage name to "Lizabeth," which she said she did "to be different," Scott starred in many films. Notable film credits include "Pitfall" in 1948, "Easy Living" in 1949 and "Dead Reckoning" in 1947. Scott was somewhat typecast as the "good girl gone bad."

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Her life was met with scandal when the showbiz tabloid Confidential Magazine printed a story alleging that she was a lesbian, "prone to indecent, illegal and highly offensive acts in her private and public life." She unsuccessfully sued and her next-to-last film was "Loving You" with Presley in 1957. She occasionally worked in TV with guest spots in "Burke's Law" and "The Third Man." Her final film appearance to date was the film noir send-up "Pulp" in 1972.

While she entertained friends and was no hermit, Scott kept a low profile, living in Hollywood until her death on January 31.


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