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September 15, 2019

American Classic Bombshell: 35 Glamorous Photos of Leigh Snowden in the 1950s

Born 1929 as Martha Lee Estes in Memphis, Tennessee, American actress Leigh Snowden married her classmate, James Snowden, when she was 16 and moved with him to San Francisco, California, when he joined the military.

After her divorce, Snowden moved to Los Angeles and worked in modeling and in small parts on television. She got her big break into show business on a Jack Benny Christmas show that was televised from the San Diego Naval Base.

When Snowden walked across the stage in front of an audience of 10,000 sailors, the sailors cheered and whistled so enthusiastically that 11 Hollywood studios contacted her the next day. The event led to the newspaper headline "Sailors Whistles Blow Blond into Film Studio". Snowden chose Universal Pictures because of the training provided by its film school.

Snowden appeared in the films All That Heaven Allows, The Square Jungle, The Creature Walks Among Us, Outside the Law, I've Lived Before and Hot Rod Rumble in addition to television appearances. Her last performance in movies was as Evie in The Comancheros (1961). Her last TV roles came in episodes of This Is Alice (1958) and Tightrope (1960).

In 1971, Snowden returned to acting and appeared in the role of Maggie in the Fresno Community Theater production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. She died of cancer at age 52 in 1982.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Leigh Snowden in the 1950s.

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