Tuesday, May 11, 2010

R.I.P, Adele Mara

Adele Mara, a prolific film and television actress who was married to writer/producer/director Roy Huggins—creator of such TDOY favorites as Maverick, The Fugitive and The Rockford Files—has passed away from natural causes at her Pacific Palisades home. She was 87. Mara’s youthful aspiration to be a dancer led to her being discovered by bandleader Xavier Cugat, whose band she performed in before moving to Hollywood in the 1940s.

Among the films in which she appeared: Blondie Goes to College (1942), Alias Boston Blackie (1942), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Reveille with Beverly (1943), Atlantic City (1944) and Angel in Exile (1948). She made a number of films with Roy Rogers (Bells of Rosarita [1945], Night Time in Nevada [1948]), Gene Autry (Robin Hood of Texas [1947], Twilight on the Rio Grande [1947]) and John Wayne, notably Wake of the Red Witch (1948) and Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).

Mara also made the rounds on the small screen—her son John observed that “My father kept bringing her out of retirement to be in TV shows,” like Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. In addition, her cathode ray tube resume includes Cheyenne, Bat Masterson, Tales of Wells Fargo, Laramie, Bachelor Father, Thriller and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

R.I.P, Ms. Mara. You shall be missed.

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Laura said...

Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that. I really liked her, starting in my favorite Fred Astaire movie, YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER. Her appearances on MAVERICK were terrific -- my favorite was "The Spanish Dancer."

Her brother, Luis Delgado, was James Garner's longtime stand-in who also played bits in his shows; he was Officer Billings on ROCKFORD and if you look hard you can see him standing among crowds of cowboys in a number of MAVERICK episodes.

Best wishes,

Hal said...

Loved her too as Forrest Tucker's leading lady in the first two Republic opportunities he received post-SANDS OF IWO JIMA to play a hero: ROCK ISLAND TRAIL and CALIFORNIA PASSAGE (both 1950), with Bruce Cabot and Jim Davis as the respective heavies.