Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Martha Vickers (1925-1971) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, MI, she began her Hollywood career under that name in titles like Captive Wild Woman (1943), Marine Raiders (1944), and The Falcon in Mexico (1944). She was discovered as a photographer's model at age fifteen, and her first film role was a bit in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), which along with her credited role in Captive Wild Woman, and another bit in The Mummy's Ghost (1944), establishes a nice little horror movie resume for Miss MacVicar. However, it was after signing with Warner Bros. and changing her screen name to Martha Vickers that she was cast in The Big Sleep (1946) as Lauren Bacall's nymphomaniac little sister, giving a performance that still raises eyebrows as it entertains audiences as much as it did co-star Humphrey Bogart on-screen. Vickers kept busy in the '40s, appearing in titles like The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946), The Man I Love (1947), Ruthless (1948), and Bad Boy (1949) starring Audie Murphy. She married Mickey Rooney in 1949, the second of her three marriages, and gave birth to their son Ted in 1950. She was the third of Rooney's eight wives. They divorced in 1951, and Vickers went on to appear in The Big Bluff (1955), The Burgler (1957), Four Fast Guns (1960), and a handful of television guest appearances on series such as The Millionaire, Perry Mason, and The Rebel. Her final screen credits came in 1960; she died of cancer in 1971, just forty-six years old.
Birthday: May 28