Helen Walker

Helen Walker

  • Highest Rated: 100% Nightmare Alley (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Impact (1949)
  • Birthday: Jul 17, 1920
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • "A beauty with brains" was the demeaning tag once attached to such actresses as Claudette Colbert, Madeline Carroll and Irene Dunne (it was assumed by some thick-eared publicists that individual qualities of beauty and brains normally cancelled each other out). In 1942, Helen Walker, fresh from her Broadway triumph in a play called Jason, was added to the intelligent-beauty categorization thanks to her impressive film debut in Lucky Jordan. Walker continued impressing fans and critics alike with her work in The Man in Half Moon Street (1944) and Murder He Says (1945). Just as her career was gaining momentum, Helen was seriously injured in a 1946 auto accident. She made a courageous comeback in roles calling for sophisticated shrewery -- 1947's Nightmare Alley was probably her best post-accident film -- but neither she nor her career ever completely recovered. In 1955, she retired from the screen; five years later, a group of her actress friends staged a benefit for her when her house burned to the ground. Helen Walker died of cancer at the age of 47.

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No Score Yet The Swing Years: Stardust Actor 2004
92% The Big Combo Alicia 1955
60% Impact Irene Williams 1949
75% Call Northside 777 Laura McNeal 1948
No Score Yet My Dear Secretary Elsie 1948
100% Nightmare Alley Dr. Lilith Ritter 1947
92% Cluny Brown Betty Cream 1946
No Score Yet People Are Funny Corey Sullivan 1946
No Score Yet Murder in the Music Hall Millicent 1946
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions Peggy Gray 1945
No Score Yet Murder, He Says Claire Mathews 1945
No Score Yet Abroad with Two Yanks Joyce Stuart 1944


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