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Vera Miles

Vera Miles

Gender: female | Birthday: 1929-08-23 | Place of Birth:

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Ford cast her in the classic western The Searchers (1956) and Hitchcock, who put her under personal contract and hailed her as his "new Grace Kelly", paired her with the great Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man (1956). Hitchcock cast Miles in the potentially star-making role of Judy Barton in Vertigo (1958), but Miles withdrew from the film when she became pregnant. Hitchcock gave Miles a supporting role in another masterpiece Psycho (1960), as did Ford when he cast her opposite John Wayne and James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), She also starred in such films as Beau James (1957) opposite Bob Hope, The FBI Story (1959) opposite Stewart, Back Street (1961) opposite Susan Hayward and John Gavin and Sergeant Ryker (1968) opposite Lee Marvin, as well as showing her consistently remarkable and versatile talent on dozens of popular television movies and series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Twilight Zone (1959), The Outer Limits (1963), The Fugitive (1963), My Three Sons (1960), Bonanza (1959), "Columbo" and Murder, She Wrote (1984). In 1983, she reprised her role as "Lila Crane" in the film sequel Psycho II (1983), starring Anthony Perkins. Although, too often, the stunningly beautiful Miles' gifts were underutilized, before her retirement in 1995, hers was a most intriguing and enduring Hollywood career.

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Known For

Into the Night
Into the Night

Into the Night   1985

Release Date: 
1985

Rating: 6.4

Production Companies: Universal Pictures /

Director: Paul Bartel / Don Siegel /

Psycho II
Psycho II

Psycho II   1983

Release Date: 
1983

Rating: 6

Production Companies:

Director: Richard Franklin / Tom Holland /

Stars: 
Anthony Perkins  /  Vera Miles  /  Meg Tilly
Mazes and Monsters
Mazes and Monsters

Mazes and Monsters   1982

Release Date: 
1982

Rating: 4.4

Production Companies: McDermott Productions /

Director: Tom Hanks / Steven Hilliard Stern /

Stars: 
Tom Hanks  /  Wendy Crewson  /  David Wallace
Baffled!
Baffled!

Baffled!   1973

Release Date: 
1973

Rating: 3

Production Companies: Arena Productions /

Director: Leonard Nimoy / Philip Leacock /

Stars: 
Leonard Nimoy  /  Susan Hampshire  /  Rachel Roberts
Hellfighters
Hellfighters

Hellfighters   1968

Release Date: 
1968

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies: Universal Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television /

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen / John Wayne /

Stars: 
John Wayne  /  Katharine Ross  /  Jim Hutton
The Spirit Is Willing
The Spirit Is Willing

The Spirit Is Willing   1967

Release Date: 
1967

Rating: 4.8

Production Companies: William Castle Productions /

Director: William Castle /

Stars: 
Sid Caesar  /  Vera Miles  /  Barry Gordon

Acting

1985
Into the Night

as    Joan Caper

1983
Psycho II

as    Lila Loomis

1982
Mazes and Monsters

as    Cat

1968
Hellfighters

as    Madelyn Buckman

1967
The Spirit Is Willing

as    Kate Powell

1966
Follow Me, Boys!

as    Vida Downey

1962
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

as    Hallie Stoddard

1960
Psycho

as    Lila Crane

1959
The FBI Story

as    Lucy Ann Hardesty

1956
23 Paces to Baker Street

as    Jean Lennox

1956
Autumn Leaves

as    Virginia Hanson

1956
The Searchers

as    Laurie Jorgensen

1956
The Wrong Man

as    Rose Balestrero

1955
Wichita

as    Laurie McCoy

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