About This Image
With the photographer's ink stamp and the name of the actress in pencil on the verso and the photographer's blindstamp on recto. Audrey Totter (born December 20, 1918 in Joliet, Illinois) is an American actress. Totter began her acting career in radio in the late 1930s and after success in Chicago and New York, was signed to a seven-year film contract with MGM Studios. She made her film debut in Main Street After Dark (1945) and during the 1940s established herself as a popular female lead. Although she appeared in various film genres, she became most widely known to movie audiences in film noir productions. Initially MGM groomed her to become an important player, and she was paired opposite some of their biggest stars. Among her successes were The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) with John Garfield and Lana Turner, Lady in the Lake (1947) with Robert Montgomery and Jayne Meadows, The Unsuspected (1947 for Warner Bros.) with Claude Rains, High Wall (1947) with Robert Taylor, The Saxon Charm (1948) with Montgomery and Susan Hayward, Alias Nick Beal (1949) with Ray Milland, The Set-Up (1949) with Robert Ryan, Any Number Can Play (1949) with Clark Gable and Alexis Smith, and Tension (1950) with Richard Basehart. By the early 1950s the tough talking "dames" she was best known for portraying were no longer fashionable, and as MGM began to work towards creating more family themed films, Totter was released from her contract. Totter, for her part, was reported to have grown dissatisfied with MGM's handling of her career, only agreeing to appear in Any Number Can Play after Gable intervened. She worked for Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox but the quality of her films dropped sharply, and by the end of the decade her career was in decline. She played boarding house owner Beth Purcell in the NBC Western television series Cimarron City in 1958. The episodes were supposed to rotate from star George Montgomery as mayor, John Smith as blacksmith/deputy sheriff to Audrey but the writers didn't give her enough of the lead as promised and she became more of bit player so she quit. A continuing role in the television series Medical Center, that of highly efficient Nurse Wilcox, from 1972 until 1976 was the biggest success of her later years. She was married to Leo Fred, assistant dean of the UCLA School of Medicine from 1953 to his death in 1995. She had dated Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Lew Ayres and Robert Walker in her Hollywood years. Totter's most recent TV appearance was in a 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1940s Print Date 1940s
Dimensions 12-1/2 x 9-5/8 in. (318 x 244 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)