Vera Miles

Actor, Model
A warm, reliable and likable lead of features and TV beginning in the 1950s, Vera Miles got a prominent start but rarely seemed to get the roles her talent merited. An attractive, composed woman who worked as a model ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1929 in Boise City, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

The Deep Blue Goodbye 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Separate Lives 1995 (Movie)

Doctor Ruth Goldin (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Joan Caper (Actor)

Psycho II 1983 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

Rona Jaffe's "Mazes and Monsters" 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Travis McGee 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Initiation 1982 (Movie)

Frances Fairchild (Actor)

BrainWaves 1981 (Movie)

Marian (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Run For the Roses 1977 (Movie)

Clarissa (Actor)

McNaughton's Daughter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

State Fair 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thoroughbreds 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Runaway! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Baffled! 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

One Little Indian 1973 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

The Castaway Cowboy 1973 (Movie)

Henrietta MacAvoy (Actor)

Jigsaw 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Molly and Lawless John 1972 (Movie)

Molly Parker (Actor)

Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Gentle Ben 1967 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Country 1969 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Sergeant Ryker 1968 (Movie)

Ann Ryker (Actor)

Follow Me, Boys! 1966 (Movie)

Vida Downey (Actor)

Gentle Giant 1966 (Movie)

Ellen Wedloe (Actor)

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

Kate Powell (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hanged Man 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tiger Walks 1963 (Movie)

Dorothy Williams (Actor)

The Hanged Man 1963 (Movie)

Lois Seeger (Actor)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

Liddy Calloway (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Back Street 1961 (Movie)

Liz Saxon (Actor)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Hallie Stoddard (Actor)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

Daniza (Actor)

Psycho 1960 (Movie)

Lila Crane (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

A Touch of Larceny 1959 (Movie)

Virginia Killain (Actor)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

Lucy Hardesty (Actor)

Beau James 1957 (Movie)

Betty Compton (Actor)

23 Paces to Baker Street 1956 (Movie)

Jean Lennox (Actor)

Autumn Leaves 1956 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Medic 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Searchers 1956 (Movie)

Laurie Jorgensen (Actor)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

Rose Balestrero (Actor)

Wichita 1955 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

Crown Theater With Gloria Swanson 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

Pride of the Blue Grass 1954 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

The Charge at Feather River 1952 (Movie)

Jennie McKeever (Actor)

A Great American Tragedy (TV Show)

Actor

A Howling in the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

And I Alone Survived (TV Show)

Actor

Baffled (Movie)

Andrea Glenn (Actor)

Bonanza (TV Show)

Actor

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Fire! (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of America (TV Show)

Actor

International Airport (TV Show)

Actor

Jigsaw (TV Show)

Actor

Live Again, Die Again (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the People (Movie)

(Actor)

Our Family Business (TV Show)

Actor

Roughnecks (TV Show)

Actor

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Generation (TV Show)

Actor

The Rose Bowl Story (Movie)

Denny Burke (Actor)

The Underground Man (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A warm, reliable and likable lead of features and TV beginning in the 1950s, Vera Miles got a prominent start but rarely seemed to get the roles her talent merited. An attractive, composed woman who worked as a model after placing third in the 1948 Miss America contest, she broke into films in 1951. Although her first leads were in modest films, her earnest, outdoorsy heroines suited her well for "The Rose Bowl Story" (1952) and Jacques Tourneur's stylish "Wichita" (1955). She also kept busy in TV anthologies, where she first worked with the directors who helmed her most important films. John Ford directed Miles in "Rookie of the Year" (1955), an episode of "Screen Directors Playhouse" which led him to cast her as an outspoken frontierswoman in his classic "The Searchers" (1956). Hitchcock, meanwhile, liked her work in "Revenge" (1955) on his "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" so much that he put her under personal contract.

Relationships

Thomas Ralston

Father

Burnice Ralston

Mother

Keith Larsen Actor

Husband
Acted together in "The Rose Bowl Story" (1952), "Wichita" (1955), and "Mission Batangas" (1969), the last of which was also directed by Larsen

Erik Larsen

Son
father Keith Larsen

Bob Miles Actor

Husband

Deborah Miles

Daughter
born 1950 father Robert Miles

Kelly Miles

Daughter
born 1952 father Robert Miles

Gordon Scott Editor

Husband
Acted together in the feature "Tarzan's Hidden Jungle" (1954)

Michael Scott

Son
born c. 1958 father Gordon Scott

EDUCATION

attended public schools in Pratt and Wichita, Kansas1

Milestones

1991

Played role of Nancy Landon on several episodes of the long-running CBS mystery series, "Murder, She Wrote"

1989

Played a leading role in the stage play, "The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album", presented at the LaMirada Civic Theater in California

1980

First TV miniseries, "Roughnecks"

1974

Last of six films for Walt Disney in which she had the female lead, "The Castaway Cowby", co-starring James Garner

1967

Played female lead of Ellen Wedloe in the TV pilot for the CBS adventure series, "Gentle Ben", opposite Dennis Weaver; role was taken by Beth Brickell, however, when it became a series

1964

First TV-movie, "The Hanged Man"

1964

Starred with Barbara Rush, David McCallum and Cedric Hardwicke in "The Forms of Things Unknown", an episode of the cult sci-fi series, "The Outer Limits", also intended as a pilot for a spinoff program, "The Unknown"; the show's producers became embroiled

1964

Played female lead in "A Tiger Walks", the first of six Disney films she made over the next eight years, and the first of three directed by Norman Tokar; starred opposite Brian Keith in the first two films

1962

Second and last feature directed by Ford, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

1960

Last feature with Hitchcock, "Psycho"

1959

First non-US feature film, the British-made "Beyond This Place" (US release title "Web of Evidence"), in which she co-starred opposite Van Johnson

1959

Was a panel regular on the TV quiz show, "Stump the Stars"

1958

Was cast in Hitchcock's "Vertigo" but had to withdraw due to pregnancy

1956

Put under personal contract to Alfred Hitchcock; made a first film with him, "The Wrong Man", in which she starred opposite Henry Fonda

1955

First worked with John Ford on an episode of the TV anthology series, "Screen Directors Playhouse" entitled "Rookie of the Year", which he directed

1955

First worked with Alfred Hitchcock on an episode of the TV anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" entitled "Revenge", which he also directed

1952

Played first female lead in films in the sports picture, "The Rose Bowl Story", a low-budgeter made by Monogram Pictures

1951

Film debut in "Two Tickets to Broadway"

1948

Won third place in the Miss America Pageant

Worked as a model for a time after her beauty contest success

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