A brief bio of the actress who played “bad girls.”
The Louisiana born Cleo Moore was a blond glamazon, a bombshell to rival Marilyn Monroe, a beauty who graced many a pinup and magazine cover, and was good at playing gritty noir and B grade “shady ladies”. At 15, she was for a few weeks the daughter-in-law of Huey Long, the populist Louisiana governor-turned-senator who was assassinated in 1935. In her early thirties Moore joked that she could easily run for Louisiana governor herself and win, since she was related to half the state.
from On Dangerous Ground
But despite such deep roots she worried about losing her southern accent, and once told a reporter, “it comes back to me only when I’m shouting at fights or at baseball games.” Moore got hype and attention for many widely varied reasons: for her paintings, for first being a bit of a real estate mogul herself, then marrying one, for dating the son of the former president of Mexico, and for participating in a nearly six minute kiss on live TV in Chicago. For years afterward, she said people asked for her lip prints instead of an autograph, causing her to go through ten tubes of lipstick each day. Moore retired from film by the 1960s and in 1973 died of a heart attack, six days before her 45th birthday. Despite having lots of talent, her looks got her typecast and she rarely got the chance to tackle a juicy role.
Browse her movies and read a good bio at imdb
*a version of this previously appeared in Dark Pages noir magazine