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 Hillary Brooke

Hillary Brooke

Original Name Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson
Astoria, Queens County, New York, USA
Death 25 May 1999 (aged 84)
Bonsall, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 22426 · View Source
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Actress. Born in Astoria, New York as Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson. She was educated at Columbia University. To set herself apart from the typical stereo type blonde bombshells of the era, Hillary decided to speak with a British accent. This worked so well that producers who hired her expected to hear a blonde with a British accent on the screen, so she was forced to use the accent whenever she worked, and wound up using it all the time, even off screen. Displaying a flair for comedy, she appeared with Bob Hope in Monsieur Beaucaire in 1946 and Red Skelton in The Fuller Brush Man in 1948 and was a regular as Lou Costello's semi-girlfriend on The Abbott and Costello Show in 1952. Other notable casting calls were The Philadelphia Story in 1940, Lady in the Dark in 1944, Jane Eyre in 1943, Ministry of Fear in 1944, The Enchanted Cottage in 1945 and The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956. Married twice, first to Jack Voglin, this marriage would end in divorce. The second marriage to Raymond A. Klune, this union would last until his death in 1988. Prior to her acting career, Hillary worked as a photographer's model. For her contribution to the television industry, Hillary Brooke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6307 Hollywood Boulevard. She died in Bonsall, California from a blood clot in her lung at the age of 84.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22426
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hillary Brooke (8 Sep 1914–25 May 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22426, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.