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June 1, 2022

35 Fabulous Photos of Hillary Brooke in the 1940s

Born 1914 as Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson in Astoria, New York, American actress Hillary Brooke began her acting career in movies, co-starring in two Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) and The Woman in Green (1945).

Brooke was a regular on several television series of the early 1950s, playing Roberta Townsend, the glamorous love interest of Margie’s father Vern Albright on the 1952–1955 TV series My Little Margie. On The Abbott and Costello Show, produced in the early 1950s and syndicated for many years afterward, Brooke played the role of a straitlaced, classy tenant of the rooming house where the two main characters lived. She also appeared in Africa Screams (1949) and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) with the comedy team.

Brooke’s other movie credits include Jane Eyre (1943), The Enchanted Cottage (1945), Lucky Losers (1950) with The Bowery Boys, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), the 3-D film The Maze (1953), and the sci-fi Invaders from Mars (1953).

Brooke retired from television in 1960 following guest appearances on Richard Diamond, Private Detective as Laura Renault and in Michael Shayne as Greta Morgan. She died from a blood clot in the lung at a hospital in Bonsall, California in 1999, aged 84.

For her contribution to the television industry, Hillary Brooke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6307 Hollywood Boulevard. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Hillary Brooke in the 1940s.


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