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Cathy Downs

in The Dark Corner (1946)
Born March 3, 1924(1924-03-03)
Port Jefferson, New York, U.S.
Died December 8, 1976 (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1945–1965
Spouse(s) Robert Brunson (1956-1963) (divorced)
Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (1952-1955) (divorced)

Cathy Downs (March 3, 1924 – December 8, 1976) was an American film actress.

Born in Port Jefferson, New York, Downs began her film career with a small role in The Dolly Sisters (1945) and the following year played the title role in My Darling Clementine. Following the success of the latter, Downs was cast in a prison drama For You I Die (1947), an Abbott & Costello comedy The Noose Hangs High, and several western films.[1]

By the beginning of the 1950s she was appearing in lower budget films, including some science fiction films, with one of these films Missile to the Moon marking her last screen appearance, in 1958.

She worked sporadically in television during the 1960s but was unemployed for several years before her death in Los Angeles, California.

Downs has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Television, at 6646 Hollywood Boulevard.[2]


Personal life

She was married first to Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (1952-1955; divorced) who played the character Joe Palooka in films and on TV.[3] They had long been out of touch, when, in 1976 Kirkwood heard that Downs was in dire financial circumstances.

Kirkwood was setting up a trust fund for her when he learned she had died of cancer at the age of 52. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica.


Year Film Role Other notes
1945 The Dolly Sisters Miss Mascara uncredited
State Fair Girl on carousell uncredited
Diamond Horseshoe Miss Cream Puff uncredited
1946 My Darling Clementine Clementine Carter
Do You Love Me Clothes model uncredited
The Dark Corner Mari Cathcart
1947 For You I Die Hope Novak
1948 The Noose Hangs High Carol Scott
Panhandle Jean 'Dusty' Stewart
1949 Massacre River Katherine 'Kitty' Reid
1950 Short Grass Sharon Lynch
The Sundowners Kathleen Boyce
1951 Joe Palooka in Triple Cross Anne Palooka
1952 Gobs and Gals Betty Lou Prentice
1953 Bandits of the West Joanne Collier
The Flaming Urge Charlotte Cruickshank
1955 The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues Lois King
The Big Tip Off Sister Mary Joan of Arc
1956 The She-Creature Dorothy Chappel
Kentucky Rifle Amy Connors
The Oklahoma Woman Susan Grant
1957 The Amazing Colossal Man Carol Forrest
Curfew Breakers Mrs. Bowman
1958 Missile to the Moon June Saxton


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