Lizabeth Scott dead at 92: Film noir star of the ‘1940s and 1950s & Elvis Presley leading lady
Lizabeth Scott, a Paramount star in the 1940s usually cast as film noir heroines, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Scott, born (as Emma Matzo) on Sept. 29, 1922, was 92. (See also: Lizabeth Scott photo.)
Among the two dozen film featuring Lizabeth Scott – whose hair-style and husky line delivery were clearly inspired by Paramount’s own Veronica Lake (along with Warner Bros.’ Lauren Bacall) – were the following:
- John Farrow’s You Came Along (1945), with Robert Cummings.
- Lewis Milestone’s The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), with Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, and Kirk Douglas.
- Desert Fury (1947), with Burt Lancaster.
- Dead Reckoning (1947), with Humphrey Bogart.
- Pitfall (1948), with Dick Powell.
- Dark City (1950), with Charlton Heston.
- The Racket (1951), with Robert Ryan and Robert Mitchum.
- The Company She Keeps (1951), with Jane Greer.
- Bad for Each Other (1954), also with Charlton Heston.
A couple of uncharacteristic Lizabeth Scott movies:
- Scared Stiff (1953), a remake of the Bob Hope-Paulette Goddard suspense-comedy The Ghost Breakers (1940), co-starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (and with Betty Hutton in a cameo).
- The Elvis Presley star vehicle Loving You (1957), also featuring Wendell Corey.
Also of note, Lizabeth Scott was involved in a scandal when Confidential magazine, the 1950s precursor of today’s tabloid rags, published a front-page story in its September 1954 issue. The magazine asserted that Scott was a lesbian whose name was found in “the little black books kept by Hollywood prostitutes.”
Scott sued Confidential, but lost due to a technicality.
This Lizabeth Scott obit is being revised / expanded.
Source for the Lizabeth Scott’s death notice: Los Angeles Times.