Rest in Peace, Audrey Long

Her name may not have been a household word, but if you know your noir, you know Audrey Long.

The luminous blonde with the soulful eyes and the girl-next-door smile was a standout in back-to-back noirs in 1947: Born to Kill, where she held her own as Claire Trevor’s sister and Lawrence Tierney’s wife, and Desperate, where she and her spouse, Steve Brodie, were chased across the country by the psychotic Raymond Burr.

Born on April 14, 1922, in Orlando, Florida, Long got her big break during her teen years when she was signed to a Warner Bros. contract and debuted in a bit part in The Male Animal (1942), starring Olivia deHavilland and Henry Fonda. The following year, she was seen in a small role on Broadway, in Sons and Soliders, with Gregory Peck. She later signed on with RKO, for whom she made her two noir appearances. Long’s non-noir credits included Tall in the Saddle (1944), a John Wayne starrer.

In 1952, she married Leslie Charteris, author of The Saint series, and retired from acting. She and Charteris remained together until his death in 1993.

We were saddened to learn that Long died on September 19, 2014, at the age of 92, following a long illness. She won’t be forgotten around these parts.


~ by shadowsandsatin on September 22, 2014.

5 Responses to “Rest in Peace, Audrey Long”

  1. R.I.P. Audrey Long, star of 2 of my favorite noirs.

  2. I fist saw Audrey Long in “A Game of Death” (1945), the Robert Wise-directed remake of Ernest B. Schoedsack’s “The Most Dangerous Game” (1932). Audrey handled the “damsel in distress” role that was played by Fay Wray in the original. Some stock footage of Fay from the original can also be seen in the remake. The production code was in full force, when “A Game of Death” was produced. So, sadly, Audrey’s dress was not permitted to rip or tear during the jungle chase scenes, as Fay’s dress had done in 1932.

    • I just saw The Most Dangerous Game for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I would love to see A Game of Death — especially since it’s directed by Robert Wise! I will have to look for this one — thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. I’ve only seen her in two films, and she was delightful in both: Desperate (1947) and Born to Kill (1947) in which she played the naive, good-girl who falls for a bad boy. I wrote a short essay on Born to Kill called “Why Women Love Bad Boys.” If you would like to read it, here is the link:

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