5. Marie Windsor
1954 publicity photo of Marie Windsor
After majoring in drama at Brigham Young University, Utah beauty queen Marie Windsor moved to Hollywood in 1940 to pursue an acting career.
After appearing in a few small parts, Windsor headed for New York, where she acted in more than 300 radio dramas. She played a femme fatale in Broadway's Follow the Girls, which was followed by a contract at MGM. The studio cast her in movies ranging from Hellfire (1949), one of her favorites, to Abraham Polonsky's film noir classic Force of Evil, opposite John Garfield.
After appearing in second-string films such as Cat Women of the Moon (1953) and Swamp Women (1956), Windsor earned the nickname “Queen of the B's.” But her role as a gangster's widow in the low-budget sleeper The Narrow Margin (1952) caught the attention of a young Stanley Kubrick, who cast her as the scheming wife in The Killing (1956).
Throughout her career, Windsor appeared in 76 feature films opposite such leading men as Marlon Brando, James Garner, David Niven, and George Raft. She also appeared in more than 100 television shows, including Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Perry Mason, Simon & Simon, and Murder, She Wrote.
Windsor was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.