Vera Miles

Vera Miles

  • Highest Rated: 100% Wichita (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Hellfighters (1968)
  • Birthday: Aug 23, 1929
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Beauty contest winner Vera Ralston made a smattering of industrial films before beginning her Hollywood career in 1952. While making films at Republic studios, Ralston changed her name to avoid being confused with Republic's reigning queen Vera Hruba Ralston; "Miles" was the last name of her first husband. At first cast as a bland ingenue, she proved herself capable of conveying neurotic hysteria in The Charge at Feather River (1953), playing a white girl kidnapped by Indians who was violently resistant to being returned to her real family. She met her second husband, Gordon Scott, while filming Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1954). With her work in John Ford's The Searchers (1955), she graduated to big-budget productions. During the latter half of the 1950s, she was under contract to Alfred Hitchcock, who was impressed by the "still waters run deep" element of her performances. She played a delusional rape victim in "Revenge," the very first episode of TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents; she was cast as Henry Fonda's beleaguered wife in Hitch's The Wrong Man (her final scene is a knockout!); and, of course, she was seen as the sister of the ill-fated Janet Leigh in Psycho, a role she flamboyantly reprised in the 1982 sequel Psycho 2. While she never quite attained full film stardom, Miles kept extremely busy in both theatrical releases and television. During the 1960s and 1970s, she was regarded as a "good luck charm" by TV producers: if she guest-starred in the pilot episode of a potential series, chances are that series would sell (among those sold were the aforementioned Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Asphalt Jungle, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, Court Martial, The Outer Limits, I Spy, Gentle Ben, Cannon and Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law). She continued to make occasional appearances until the 1995 feature Separate Lives, in which she costarred with James Belushi; afterward, she retired from acting. As of this writing, Vera Miles is still married to her fourth husband, sound engineer and mixer Bob Jones.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Tcm Presents Psycho Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Hanged Man Actor 2014
No Score Yet Separate Lives Dr. Goldin 1995
No Score Yet Brainwaves Actor 1987
38% Into the Night Joan Caper 1985
No Score Yet The Initiation Frances Fairchild 1984
No Score Yet Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Kate Keller 1984
59% Psycho II Lila Loomis 1983
No Score Yet Mazes and Monsters Cat 1982
No Score Yet Brainwaves Marian Koonan 1982
No Score Yet Our Family Business Actor 1981
No Score Yet Roughnecks Ida McBride 1980
No Score Yet Run for the Roses Clarissa Stewart 1978
No Score Yet And I Alone Survived Irene Elder 1978
No Score Yet Fire! Martha Wagner 1977
80% Twilight's Last Gleaming Victoria Stevens 1977
No Score Yet Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Erica 1976
No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Mrs. Horton 1976
No Score Yet The Castaway Cowboy Henrietta MacAvoy 1974
No Score Yet The Strange and Deadly Occurrence Actor 1974
No Score Yet One Little Indian Doris 1973
No Score Yet Baffled! Andrea Glenn 1973
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy Actor 1972
No Score Yet Molly and Lawless John Molly Parker 1972
No Score Yet A Howling in the Woods Actor 1971
No Score Yet In Search of America Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Wild Country Kate Tanner 1971
14% Hellfighters Madelyn Buckman 1968
No Score Yet Kona Coast Melissa Hyde 1968
No Score Yet Mission Batangas Joan Barnes 1968
No Score Yet Sergeant Ryker Ann Ryker 1968
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing Kate Powell 1967
No Score Yet Gentle Giant Ellen Wedloc 1967
No Score Yet Follow Me, Boys! Vida Downey 1966
No Score Yet Those Calloways Lydia (Liddy) Calloway 1965
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks Dorothy Williams 1964
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Hallie Stoddard 1962
No Score Yet Back Street Liz Saxon 1961
96% Psycho Lila Crane 1960
No Score Yet A Touch of Larceny Virginia Killain 1959
No Score Yet The FBI Story Lucy Ann Hardesty 1959
No Score Yet Beau James Betty Compton 1957
92% The Wrong Man Rose Balestrero 1956
89% Autumn Leaves Virginia Hanson 1956
No Score Yet 23 Paces to Baker Street Jean Lennox 1956
98% The Searchers Laurie Jorgensen 1956
100% Wichita Laurie 1955
No Score Yet Timberjack Lynne Tilton 1955
No Score Yet Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Actor 1955
No Score Yet Jubilee Trail Florinda 1954
No Score Yet So Big Girl 1953
No Score Yet The Charge At Feather River Jennie McKeever 1953
No Score Yet Fair Wind to Java Kim Kim 1953
No Score Yet For Men Only (The Tall Lie) Actor 1952
No Score Yet The Rose Bowl Story Denny Burke 1952
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Chorus girl 1951
No Score Yet The Fighting Kentuckian Actor 1949

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Charmaine Calloway Warden Elizabeth Gates
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1985
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Liz Waleska
  • 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Joan Gibson
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
Catherine
  • 1975
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • 1973
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Ellen Janet
  • 1973
  • 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ara Mrs. April Christopher
  • 1971
  • 1966
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Dr. Sam
  • 1970
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Mme. DeSala
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Monica Welles Guest
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Millicent Barnes
  • 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Helen
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Elsa
  • 1955

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