Carol Ohmart

Carol Ohmart

Original Name Armelia Carol Ohmart
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 1 Jan 2002 (aged 74)
Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered over Carter Lake (Loveland, Colorado)
Memorial ID 172965432 · View Source
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Actress. Born Armelia Carol Ohmart in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Armelia Cragun and Thomas Carlyle Ohmart, a traveling dentist. Her mother entered her in a national beautiful baby contest which she won. At the age of three she appeared in her uncle's vaudeville routine in the Orpheum Theater in Seattle. After he parents divorced, she and her mother moved between Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Spokane. By the time she graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane in 1944, she had attended more than a dozen schools. In 1945, she was crowned Miss Utah at the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City, in the subsequent Miss America Contest, she won fourth runner-up, and the publicity led to modeling offers. She appeared in several commercials and on several magazines covers such as her first; the 1947 'National Police Gazette.' Cartoonist Milton Caniff used her as a model for his Copper Calhoon character for the 'Steve Canyon' series. Illustrator Al Moore used her as his 1949 Esquire calendar girl. In 1953, she earned a role in the ensemble of the Broadway production of 'Kismet' doubling as an understudy. A Paramount Studios talent agent spotted her and signed her in 1955. The studio aggressively billed her as the 'next Marilyn', one newspaper called her 'a female Brando.' It all turned out to be too much, too soon. Her first two features, 'The Scarlet Hour' (1956) and 'The Wild Party' (1956) did nothing at the box office, and she was written off. Her exclusive contract, however, meant that she was unable to work for other studios. In early 1957, Paramount informed her that they would not be renewing her contract. Finally free to work, she appeared in 'Born Reckless' (1958); 'The Scavengers' (1959); and perhaps most memorably, 'The House on Haunted Hill' (1959); followed by "Wild Youth" (1961). She appeared on numerous television series over the next five years, including 'Johnny Midnight,' 'Tales of Wells Fargo,' 'Route 66,' 'Perry Mason,' '77 Sunset Strip,' and 'Get Smart.' In 1967, she appeared in the low budget 'Spider Baby' which gathered a small cult following but otherwise was unheard of, and the thriller 'Caxambu' before retreating from Hollywood. After a hiatus of almost five years, she returned with a guest role in the television series, 'Mannix' and a 1973 episode of 'Barnaby Jones', entitled 'A Little Glory, A Little Death.' Her final film appearance was in the 1974 feature, 'The Spectre of Edgar Allen Poe.' After then suffering a vicious assault, she was badly hurt and would be diagnosed with partial amnesia, short term memory loss, and eventually became addicted to pain medication. After a long struggle to overcome addiction, she married fireman William J. Traberth in 1978, and virtually vanished, apparently living under the name of Kariomar Traberth. She was eventually found by the former head of the Carol Ohmart Fan Club, who traced her to a suburban Seattle neighborhood a decade later. She had spent the intervening years in studying metaphysics, oil painting, gardening, and writing. A registered orchid strain was named after her; the Cymbidium Carol Ohmart.

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