Rest in Peace, 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.