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May 8, 2023

Gorgeous Photos of Beverly Michaels in the 1950s

Born 1927 in New York City, Beverly Michaels was an American B-movie actress and cheesecake model of the 1950s. She began her career at the age of 16 in 1944 as a showgirl at Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub in New York. Her stage debut, also at age 16, was in the play Glad to See You which ran in Philadelphia and Boston from November 1944 to January 1945. After that show closed, she was a dancer in Havana for about a year. Returning to the US, she worked as a chorus girl on Broadway.

Arriving in Hollywood in 1948 at the age of 21, Michaels quickly found modeling jobs. Under contract to MGM Studios, she made her first screen appearance in Mervyn LeRoy’s East Side, West Side (1950). She then appeared in two films by independent film director and producer Hugo Haas. The first, the 1951 film noir Pickup, was a surprise hit, albeit a secondary B feature, and launched Haas’s career as a Hollywood director. It also had a large part in starting the cycle of bad girl movies of the 1950s, which usually starred blonde sexpots.

In late 1952, Michaels toured Alaska for the USO, singing Christmas carols for the troops. At about this time she met the director and screenwriter Russell Rouse, who later became her second husband. Rouse cast her in a starring role in his film noir Wicked Woman (1954). The Village Voice praised her performance as “wonderfully lurid,” and included the movie in a list of the 25 most memorable cult films.

Later roles included the 1955 noir film Crashout, Hammer Films’ Women Without Men (1956), and guest-starring roles in television shows. After Rouse’s death, Michaels moved from Southern California to Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived until her death from a stroke at the age of 79.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Beverly Michaels in the 1950s.


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