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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mona Freeman, Glamour Girl of the Silver Screen, Lived in Pelham

Mona Freeman was a beautiful actress affiliated for a number of years with Paramount during the 1940s and 1950s. She was born in Baltimore on June 9, 1926, but moved with her family to Pelham as a young girl. She attended Pelham Memorial High School for a time.

In May, 1941, Ms. Freeman was selected as New York City's first "Miss Subways" in a contest in which the John Robert Powers modeling agency judged the contest. It was her big break. She became a professional model.

Mona Freeman on the Cover of Life Magazine.

Tradition says that after reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes saw a photograph of Mona Freeman on the cover of a magazine, he signed her to an acting contract that he then sold to Paramount. She began in movies playing so-called teenage ingenue roles. The image above shows Mona Freeman early in her movie career on the cover of the April 15, 1946 issue of Life.

She played significant roles in a large number of films including: Here Come the Waves (1944); Till We Meet Again (1944); Together Again (1944); Danger Signal (1945); Roughly Speaking (1945); Junior Miss (1945); Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946); Black Beauty (1946); That Brennan Girl (1946); Variety Girl (1947); Mother Wore Tights (1947); Dear Ruth (1947); Isn't It Romantic? (1948); The Heiress (1949); Dear Wife (1949); Streets of Laredo (1949); Branded (1950); Copper Canyon (1950); I Was a Shoplifter (1950); Dear Brat (1951); The Lady from Texas (1951); Darling How Could You! (1951); Flesh and Fury (1952); Jumping Jacks (1952); Thunderbirds (1952); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952); Angel Face (1953); Before I Wake (1954); Battle Cry (1955); The Road to Denver (1955); Men Against Speed (1956); Huk (1956); The Way Out (1956); Shadow of Fear (1956); Shadow of Fear (1956); Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957); The World Was His Jury (1958); Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (1971).

In addition, Ms. Freeman acted in more than eighty television shows. She acted in episodes of such television series as Wagon Train and Perry Mason.

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At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was indeed one of the great beauties of Hollywood, in her heyday. In fact, PHOTOPLAY magazine, the #1 movie magazine at the time, listed her as one of the 12 MOST BEAUTIFUL ACTRESSES, in an article. They were chosen by cosmetologists, back in 1952.

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her first cousin, Myrtle Newberry Andrews, was my Grandma. ;-)


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