biography

Born Elsy Steinberg in Montclair, New Jersey, on May 31, 1929, beautiful actress Elaine Stewart worked as an usherette, cashier, and model before entering films in 1951. Upon signing with MGM in 1951, the studio began using her in bit parts. She can be seen in Singin' in the Rain and Sky Full of Moon, but soon she moved into bigger roles in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952; with Lana Turner and Gilbert Roland) and Brigadoon (1954; with Van Johnson and Gene Kelly).

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Elaine Stewart modeling shots and magazine covers from the 1950s

When her contract with MGM lapsed in 1954, Stewart took a three-year hiatus from films, traveling extensively and exploring other career venues. However, she returned to acting with the release of the 1957 Universal-International film The Tattered Dress with Jeff Chandler. In the early 1960s, she made a couple of films in Italy, including The Seven Revenges (1961; with Ed Fury).

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MGM publicity photos

the films of elaine stewart

Code Two (1953)

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With Jeff Richards in the MGM noir second feature Code Two

Take the High Ground! (1953)

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From MGM's comedyTake the High Ground! LEFT: Stewart as Julie Mollison. RIGHT: With Richard Widmark

The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)

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From The Adventures of Hajji Baba

Brigadoon (1954)

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With Van Johnson and Gene Kelly in the big-budget MGM muscial Brigadoon

The Tattered Dress (1957)

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Stewart stars as a woman with a shady reputation in Universal's film noir release The Tattered Dress with Jeff Chandler

High Hell (1958)

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With John Derek in the Paramount adventure High Hell

Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961)

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With Ron Randell from the science fiction flick Most Dangerous Man Alive, released by Columbia

Gambit (1972-1976 TV Series)

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Stewart in a 1972 promotional photo for the game show Gambit

later yeas

Stewart wrapped up her film career with the release of Island Affair in 1962. Afterward, Stewart made a few guest appearances on such television series as Perry Mason and Burke's Law before walking away from acting. Following her divorce from actor Bill Carter in 1963, she married game show producer Merrill Heatter in 1964, who along with Bob Quigley produced the original Hollywood Squares from 1966 through 1980. Although marriage and being a mother to two children prevented her from returning to acting, Stewart later appeared on two of Heatter-Quigley's game shows, Gambit and High Rollers before her retirement in the mid 1970s. Sadly, Elaine Stewart passed away after a long illness on June 27, 2011, at the age of 82. She was survived by her husband and children.

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filmography

FILM
Island Affair (1962) with Mark Damon
The Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961) with Ron Randell, Debra Paget, Anthony Caruso, Gregg Palmer, and Morris Ankrum
The Seven Revenges (1961) with Ed Fury
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) with Ray Danton, Dyan Cannon, and Warren Oates
High Hell (1958) with John Derek
Escort West (1958) with Victor Mature and Faith Domergue
Night Passage (1957) with James Stewart, Audie Murphy, and Hugh Beaumont
The Tattered Dress (1957) with Jeff Chandler, Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson, and Gail Russell
The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954) with John Derek and Amanda Blake
Brigadoon (1954) with Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, and Cyd Charisse
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953) with Mickey Rooney and Eddie Bracken
Take the High Ground! (1953) with Richard Widmark and Russ Tamblyn
Young Bess (1953) with Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, and Deborah Kerr
Code Two (1953) with Ralph Meeker, Sally Forrest, Jeff Richards, Robert Horton, William Campbell, and Chuck Connors
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) with Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Gilbert Roland, and Gloria Grahame
Desperate Search (1952) with Howard Keel and Jeff Richards
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) with Marge and Gower Champion
Sky Full of Moon (1952) with Jan Sterling
You for Me (1952) with Peter Lawford
Singin' in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen
Sailor Beware (1951) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Corinne Calvet, and Vince Edwards

TELEVISION SERIES
High Rollers, 1974-1980 TV game show. Stewart acted as hostess during the 1974-1975 season for the syndicated version of this game show
Gambit, 1972-1976 TV game show. Stewart served as the card dealer

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Capering Camera, originally aired January 16, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Billy Jo?, originally aired November 8, 1963
Bat Masterson, episode The Rage of Princess Ann, originally aired October 20, 1960
The Third Man, episode The Trouble at Drill Hill, originally aired February 20, 1959

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