I was greatly saddened this evening to learn of the passing of actress Audrey Long, who over the past couple of years has become a real favorite of mine.
There's a surprisingly small selection of Long portraits out there on the web...hat tip to Aaron Yost for passing on the news of Long's death and Tweeting the beautiful photo above.
Audrey Long was 92 when she passed on last Friday, September 19th.
Long's death was reported by The Hollywood Reporter and the official Leslie Charteris website.
Long married Charteris, author of the long-running SAINT mystery series, in 1952 and retired from the screen. Her last film was INDIAN UPRISING (1952) opposite George Montgomery. Long and Charteris were married until his passing in 1993.
Long's performances, such as the young bride on the run in DESPERATE (1947), have a charming sweetness, but she could also believably portray spunk and determination, such as the girl on the trail of her sister's killer in STAGE STRUCK (1948).
Long's career was not especially lengthy, but her contributions to film noir and Westerns, in particular, are greatly appreciated by those who know her work.
Audrey Long films reviewed here: TALL IN THE SADDLE (1944), BORN TO KILL (1947), DESPERATE (1947), STAGE STRUCK (1948), HOMICIDE FOR THREE (1948), THE PETTY GIRL (1950), and CAVALRY SCOUT (1951).
I've collected several more of Long's films which will be reviewed here in the future.
Thanks to Audrey Long for many happy movie memories.
September 23rd Update: I watched and reviewed the Western WANDERER OF THE WASTELAND (1945) tonight in Audrey's honor.
Update: Here are reviews of Audrey in POST OFFICE INVESTIGATOR (1949), DAVID HARDING, COUNTERSPY (1950), and A NIGHT OF ADVENTURE (1944).