Vera Miles

23 Aug 1929

Actor

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Ford cast her in the classic western The Searchers (1956) and Hitchcock, who put her under personal contract and hailed her as his "new Grace Kelly", paired her with the great Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man (1956). Hitchcock cast Miles in the potentially star-making role of Judy Barton in Vertigo (1958), but Miles withdrew from the film when she became pregnant. Hitchcock gave Miles a supporting role in another masterpiece Psycho (1960), as did Ford when he cast her opposite John Wayne and James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), She also starred in such films as Beau James (1957) opposite Bob Hope, The FBI Story (1959) opposite Stewart, Back Street (1961) opposite Susan Hayward and John Gavin and Sergeant Ryker (1968) opposite Lee Marvin, as well as showing her consistently remarkable and versatile talent on dozens of popular television movies and series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), Twilight Zone (1959), The Outer Limits (1963), The Fugitive (1963), My Three Sons (1960), Bonanza (1959), "Columbo" and Murder, She Wrote (1984). In 1983, she reprised her role as "Lila Crane" in the film sequel Psycho II (1983), starring Anthony Perkins. Although, too often, the stunningly beautiful Miles' gifts were underutilized, before her retirement in 1995, hers was a most intriguing and enduring Hollywood career.

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Filmography (33 titles)

(movie, 1995)
···Separate Lives
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Ruth Goldin)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sophie Kubacki)
(movie, 1985)
···Into the Night
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joan Caper)
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Kate Keller)
(movie, 1984)
···The Initiation
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Frances Fairchild)
(movie, 1983)
···Psycho II
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lila Loomis)
(movie, 1983)
···BrainWaves
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Marian Koonan)
(movie, 1978)
···And I Alone Survived
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Irene Elder)
(movie, 1974)
···The Castaway Cowboy
Genre: Comedy, Family, Western
Role: Actor (as Henrietta MacAvoy)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Role: Actor (as Christine Rhodes)
(movie, 1973)
···One Little Indian
Genre: Comedy, Family, Western
Role: Actor (as Doris)
(movie, 1972)
···A Great American Tragedy
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gloria Wilkes)
(movie, 1971)
···In Search of America
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jenny Olson)
(movie, 1968)
···Hellfighters
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Role: Actor (as Madelyn Buckman)
(movie, 1968)
···Kona Coast
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Melissa Hyde)
(movie, 1968)
···Mission Batangas
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Role: Actor (as Joan Barnes)
(movie, 1966)
···Follow Me, Boys!
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Vida Downey)
(movie, 1965)
···Those Calloways
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Lydia (Liddy) Calloway)
(movie, 1964)
···A Tiger Walks
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Dorothy Williams)
(movie, 1964)
···The Hanged Man
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Lois Seeger)
(movie, 1964)
···The Unknown
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kassia Paine)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Hallie Stoddard)
(movie, 1961)
···Back Street
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Liz Saxon)
(movie, 1960)
···Psycho
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lila Crane)
(movie, 1959)
···A Touch of Larceny
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Virginia Killain)
(movie, 1957)
···Beau James
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Betty Compton)
(movie, 1956)
···The Wrong Man
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Rose Balestrero)
(movie, 1956)
···The Searchers
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Laurie Jorgensen)
(movie, 1956)
···23 Paces to Baker Street
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jean Lennox)
(movie, 1955)
···Wichita
Genre: Romance, Western
Role: Actor (as Laurie McCoy)
(movie, 1954)
···Pride of the Blue Grass
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Linda)
(movie, 1953)
···The Charge at Feather River
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Jennie McKeever)
(movie, 1952)
···The Rose Bowl Story
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Role: Actor (as Denny Burke)