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B-movie actress Margia Dean, known for 'Quatermass Xperiment' and more, dies at 101

Margia Dean co-stars in the cult sci-fi classic with The Quatermass Xperiment and stars with Clint E. Sterwood

and others with , Vincent Price,

Esther Williams George Reeves in and other movies is dead. she101.

Dean passed away in June 56 at her apartment in Rancho Cucamonga, California, her niece Dennis Barr told The Hollywood Reporter .

from1948-, Dean worked at about for Robert L. Lippert, producer and founder of B-movie studio Lippert Pictures ) filmed the film, earning the nickname “Queen Lippert”.

She acted for Sam Fuller in two of those films, in fact, his first two films – I SHOOT JESSE JAMES(1939), in which she played a bar singer, and Price’s Arizona Baron (1951).

Adapted from the hit BBC series Hammer Films’ Quatermass Xperiment (1955) Directed by Val Guest, starring Brian Donlevy, about an astronaut (Richard Wordsworth) makes an emergency landing and returns to Earth. The earth has become an alien creature that threatens mankind.

Dean plays the astronaut’s wife who foolishly helps him escape from the hospital. “I’m crazy about it,” she noted in a Western Clippings interview.

Dean also starred with Richard Arlen in Grand Canyon (1949), with Reeves Superman and the Mole Man (1945), with Charles Chaplin Jr. .) In Wild Fang (1939), Eastwood in the ambush at Cimarron Pass (1955), Brian Keith at Villa!! (1951) and with Williams at the circus (1960).

She appeared in some 92 Films from her twenty-year career.

Margia Dean and Scott Brady at Cimarron Mountain pass ambush

Courtesy of Century Fox / Everett Collection

Margery Marguerite Louise Skliris was born April 7th in Chicago, into a family of Greek origin, 1000, grew up in San Francisco. Her father, Evangelis, was a lawyer.

After being on stage as a child, she won the National Ladies Shakespeare Competition at age

Risha Donnelly was runner-up.

“I won a talent contest in a beauty pageant by performing Shakespeare, and I was supposed to be singing! My voice is hot,” she said. “After I lost to Donnelly, I was told I would be better off singing – because gushing about Shakespeare is not something Miss America can do across the country.”

She Back in San Francisco, finished Galileo High School, performed at the Biltmore Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and made his big screen debut in Republic Pictures Casanova in Burlesque (1000 ), starring Joe E. Brown and June Havoc.

Her first major role was in the sequel Shep Comes Home )(101), funded by Lippert. She explained in Mark Thomas McGee’s 2023 book that they later became involved with each other , Talk’s Cheap, Action Expensive: Robert L. Lippert Films .

“I know what I do It was wrong. I was running around with a married man,” she recalls. “I don’t think I ever fell in love with him, but he was obsessed with me. He gave me all this work and it was a pleasure to be with him. He made my life easy.”

Her resume also includes Red Desert (1951), side (1951), FBI girl (1955)), Lonely Path (1949), Raoul Walsh’s Revolt against Mamie S Topher (1954), The Secret of the Purple Reef (7 woman from hell (15) and Moro witch doctor (, she finally performance credit.

Dean is also the producer of The Long Rope ( Produced by ), starring Hugh Marlowe, and the horror of it all (1960), starring Pat Boone. She then worked as a VP at a real estate/construction firm and owned a clothing store in Brentwood and a coffee shop in Beverly Hills.

Dean has lived in a house for 60 years. He lived in the Hollywood Hills before moving to Dana Point, California. “She was an extraordinary, talented, generous lady with good taste,” said her niece.

Survivors include her husband, Spanish architect, author and Singer Felipe Alvarez, 56, she got married in Mexico in August at a cafe on Sunset Boulevard 1964 ( heard him singing to her here); nieces Denyse, Christina, Lisette, Irene and Olga; and nephews Jose, Richard and Miguel.

Dean’s first husband was Hal Fischer, a distinguished basketball player and coach. Their six-year marriage ended ⁠1922 After the end, her third term with actress Rita Hayworth Husband Prince Ali Khan is dating.



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