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Audrey Totter

Filmography

1945      

Main Street After Dark

Dangerous Partners 

Bewitched 

Ziegfeld Follies 

The Hidden Eye 

Her Highness and the Bellboy 

The Sailor Takes a Wife 

Adventure

 

1946      

The Postman Always Rings Twice 

The Cockeyed Miracle 

The Secret Heart 

 

1947      

Lady in the Lake 

The Beginning or the End 

The Unsuspected 

High Wall

 

1948      

The Saxon Charm 

 

1949      

Alias Nick Beal 

The Set-Up 

Any Number Can Play 

 

1950      

Tension 

 

1951      

Under the Gun 

The Blue Veil 

FBI Girl 

 

1952      

The Sellout 

Assignment – Paris! 

My Pal Gus 

 

1953      

Woman They Almost Lynched 

Man in the Dark 

Cruisin’ Down the River 

Mission Over Korea

Champ for a Day 

 

1954      

Massacre Canyon 

 

1955      

Women’s Prison 

A Bullet for Joey 

The Vanishing American 

 

1957      

Ghost Diver 

 

1958      

Jet Attack 

Man or Gun 

 

1964      

The Carpetbaggers 

 

1965      

Harlow 

 

1968      

Chubasco 

 

1979      

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again 

Awards

Audrey Totter was never nominated for an Academy Award.

When today’s stars curse, you don’t even hear them, but when Clark Gable said ‘damn,’ you gasped. ~ Audrey Totter

Fan Favorite Films

Tension 

High Wall

Lady in the Lake 

The Unsuspected 

 

 

Audrey Totter: Learn more about her, review her filmography and more

Actress, Biographies

Audrey Totter was born on December 20, 1917 and grew up in Joliet, Illinois. Her parents were John Totter and Ida Mae Totter.

Totter graduated from Joliet High School, where she “acted in a number of school dramas.” According to Totter, she was a Methodist who also began her career performing in several productions for her local church as well as being involved with the YWCA players.

Totter began her acting career in radio in the latter 1930s in Chicago, only forty miles northeast of Joliet. She played in soap operas, including Painted Dreams, Road of Life, Ma Perkins, and Bright Horizon.

Following success in Chicago and New York City, Totter was signed to a seven-year film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945). Although she performed in various film genres, she became most widely known to movie audiences for her work in film noirs.

By the early 1950s, the tough-talking “dames” she was best known for portraying were no longer fashionable, and as MGM began streamlining its roster of contract players and worked towards creating more family-themed films, Totter was released from her contract. She reportedly was dissatisfied with her MGM career and agreed to appear in Any Number Can Play only after Clark Gable intervened. After leaving MGM, she worked for Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox, but the quality of her films dropped, and by the late 1950s, her film career was in decline, though she continued to work steadily for television.

TV gave her career a slight boost in the 1960s and 1970s, including regular roles in Cimarron City (1958) and Our Man Higgins (1962) as a suburban mom opposite Stanley Holloway’s British butler. After a period of semi-retirement, she came back to TV to replace Jayne Meadows in the popular television series Medical Center in a continuing role from 1972-76, that of Nurse Wilcox, the efficient head nurse. Her last acting role was as a nun, Sister Paul, in a 1987 episode (“Old Habits Die Hard”) of CBS’s Murder, She Wrote, with Angela Lansbury.

Totter was married to Dr. Leo Fred, assistant dean of the UCLA School of Medicine from 1953 until his death in 1995; they had one child. Their granddaughter, Eden Totter, is a voice artist.

Totter died of a stroke on December 12, 2013, eight days before her 96th birthday. She was cremated, and her ashes scattered at sea.