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Leslie Brooks
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Actress
    (July 13, 1922-July 1, 2011)
    Born in Lincoln, Nebraska
    Born Virginia Leslie Gettman
    Began photographic modeling in the late 30s, before signing with Columbia Pictures in 1941
    Started out with small roles in 'Yankee Doodle,' 'Talk of the Town,' and 'Ziegfeld Girl'
    Eventually graduated to supporting roles, and sometimes leads, acting in 'Cover Girl,' 'You Were Never Lovelier,' 'Underground Agent,' 'Blonde Ice,' and 'Hollow Triumph'
    Retired from acting to raise a family after her marriage to actor-turned-land developer Russell Vincent; completed roughly 25 films before her retirement
    Returned to filmmaking once again at the age of 49, as a featured player in 'How's Your Love Life?' directed by her husband (1971)
    She was originally a brunette.
    She dated Edmond O'Brien.
    She was typecast in supporting roles usually as brash, 'common' women, usually shifty and working class.
    When she did secure lead roles, they were usually low-budget gangster pictures, featuring her in what IMDB termed 'provocative dames with evil intentions.'
    Part of this trend may have had to with her somewhat 'flat,' icy facial features which didn't always endear her to the camera lens, but rather suited her more to play 'course,' or 'common,' women.
    She had a very public custody battle over her two-and-a-half year-old daughter, Victoria, after divorcing her first husband, Shay.
    Her estranged husband and brother-in-law accused her of giving her daughter intoxicants in ‘seven or eight swallows’ at parties, as a baby.
    She denied deliberately intoxicating the child, but admitted to giving her ‘an occasional sip of beer diluted in water.’ This was enough to warrant the Judge to strip her of parental rights, assigning custody to her paternal grandmother (Jul. 19, 1948).
    She was cited as 'Exhibit A' by the California Models Guild in passing a resolution condemning the issuance of 'two girdles apiece' as regular equipment to members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (they claimed proper exercise and diet would give WAAC women hip lines like her's).
    She had roles in several Rita Hayworth films.
    The most memorable of which was probably in 'Cover Girl,' as Rusty Parker's catty rival who tries to sabotage her modeling audition.
    She graced the covers of 'The National Police Gazette' and 'Yank, The Army Weekly.'
    The Hosiery Designers of America voted her the girl with 'the most beautiful legs in America' (1944).
    She was chosen as the 'Hurrell Girl' for the duration of photographer George Hurrell's time in the US Army.
    When her divorce from Shay was finalized, the presiding Superior Judge Ingall W. Bull publicly commented: ‘This court has no doubt but that this is a case in which a worthless husband used the love of a mother for a child to extort money from the mother. Certainly the husband is guilty of a criminal conspiracy.’
    When she managed to obtain temporary custody, pending the divorce trial, her first husband skipped town with the kid and virtually disappeared (probably fleeing to New Zealand). Their whereabouts were unknown and it remains unclear if the mother and daughter were ever reunited.
    Her no-prisoners style as the quintessential 'moll' in gangster movies has led some to draw comparisons with Ann Savage.
    She was chillingly believable as a columnist who discovers how much fun it can be to murder people and read all about it in her own column, in 'Blonde Ice' (she also met her second husband on the set of the film).
    She was selected as the reigning 'Posture Queen of 1944' during National Posture Week, in the first week of May.
    She was one of six starlets widely advertised as 'The Navy Blues Sextet,' in 1941, along with Marguerite Chapman, Claire James, Peggy Diggins, Kay Aldridge, and Georgia Carroll.

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