Dolores Fuller, who was portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker in Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's 1994 Wood biopic, was the cross-dressing director's one-time girlfriend and star of his most famous 1950s films Glen or Glenda and Jail Bait.
The Indiana-born actress, who was a former model, met Wood at a casting call while she was working as a stand-in for Dinah Shore on the entertainer's TV show in 1952. He cast her as his leading lady in 1953's Glen or Glenda and the couple became lovers.
They split in 1955 after Wood cast another actress as the lead in his Bride of Frankenstein film - and she moved to New York to study under acting guru Stella Adler.
She also impressed as a songwriter, co-penning Elvis Presley's Rock-A-Hula Baby for his 1961 movie Blue Hawaii.
The success inspired her to write more hits for Presley films and standards like Someone to Tell it To and Losers Weepers.
Fuller also launched Johnny Rivers' recording career.
She chronicled her life in her 2009 autobiography, A Fuller Life: Hollywood, Ed Wood and Me.