biographyBorn Cleouna Moore in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 31, 1924 (some sources cite 1923, 1928, and 1930 as her year of birth), lovely actress Cleo Moore made her way to Hollywood in the late 1940s. Her first film appearance was in the 15-chapter Columbia serial Congo Bill in 1948. To supplement her fledgling movie career, Moore modeled extensively and was the subject of numerous cheesecake photographs. Prior to her film career, in 1944 Moore was married to the son of Louisiana governor Huey Long, but the union lasted just a few weeks. Interestingly, in 1954 Moore announced her intention to run for the governorship of Louisiana but never followed through with it.
Tim Holt: Dynamite Pass and Rio Grande Patrol. By 1950, her film career was in full swing, as she made six appearances in films that year. However, her roles were mostly small ones until she landed a contract with Columbia Studios in 1952. Moore landed starring roles in a series of low budget Columbia film, beginning with Strange Fascination in 1952. She made a number of pictures at Columbia, often directed by and co-starring Hugo Haas.
LEFT: January 1956 issue of Modern Man with Cleo Moore gracing the cover. RIGHT: While under contract to RKO, Cleo Moore was named "Miss Contractors Safety Association of 1951"
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Strange Fascination (1952)
One Girl's Confession (1953)
With Hugo Haas and John Agar in the Columbia drama Bait
The Other Woman (1954)
With Lance Fuller in the campy 20th Century Fox noir The Other Woman
Hold Back Tomorrow (1955)
Promotional stills from Hold Back Tomorrow. The right photos include John Agar
Women's Prison (1955)
Hit and Run (1957)
Hugo Haas tries to win back the attention of his wife (Cleo Moore) from her boyfriend (Vince Edwards) in Hit and Run, Moore's last film
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later yearsWith the death of the studio system in the late 1950s, like many other actors Cleo Moore was released from her contract in 1956. Moore's last film was the campy film noir thriller Hit and Run (1957; with Vince Edwards). In late 1959, Moore was seriously injured in a car wreck in Los Angeles. The injuries to her neck and spine required her to be in traction for three months. Fully recuperated, she married her second husband in 1961 and settled in to the role of wife and mother with the birth of her daughter in 1963. Sadly, Moore passed away on October 25, 1973, at age 48 from a heart attack. She was survived by her husband, Herbert Heftler, her daughter, and her sister, actress Mara Lea.
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Hit and Run (1957) with Vince Edwards and Hugo Haas
Over-Exposed (1956) with Richard Crenna
Hold Back Tomorrow (1955) with John Agar
Women's Prison (1955) with Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, and Jan Sterling
Bait (1954) with John Agar, Hugo Haas, and Bruno VeSota
The Other Woman (1954) with Lance Fuller and Hugo Haas
One Girl's Confession (1953) with Russ Conway and Glenn Langan
Thy Neighbor's Wife (1953) with Hugo Haas
The Pace That Thrills (1952) with Bill Williams and Robert Armstrong
Strange Fascination (1952) with Karen Sharpe and Hugo Haas
On Dangerous Ground (1951) with Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan
Gambling House (1951) with Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix, and Ann Doran
Hunt the Man Down (1950) with Gerald Mohr and Gig Young
Dynamite Pass (1950) with Tim Holt
Rio Grande Patrol (1950) with Tim Holt and Tom Tyler
This Side of the Law (1950) with Viveca Lindfors and Nita Talbot
Bright Leaf (1950)
Congo Bill (1948) with Don McGuire and Armida
cleo moore linksCleo Moore: B Movie Queen
This website honors 1950s B movie star Cleo Moore and includes photos, a filmography, and Moore's obituary.
Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen: Cleo Moore
Visit the Glamour Girls site for an interesting biography of Cleo Moore.
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