Audrey Long

Audrey Gwendoline Long (April 14, 1922 – September 19, 2014)[1] was an American actress of English descent, who appeared mainly in low-budget films in the 1940s and early 1950s.[2] Some of her more notable film performances include Tall in the Saddle (1944) opposite John Wayne, Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945), Born to Kill (1947), and Desperate (1947).

Audrey Long
Audrey Long in Tall in the Saddle, 1944
BornApril 14, 1922
DiedSeptember 19, 2014(2014-09-19) (aged 92)
Years active1942–52
Edward Rubin
(m. 1945; div. 1951)

Leslie Charteris
(m. 1952; died 1993)

Early life and education

Audrey Gwendoline Long was born on April 14, 1922 in Orlando, Florida, the first-born child of English parents. Her father, Christopher Stanley Long (1890-1958), was an Episcopal minister, a naturalized American citizen who served as a chaplain with the United States Navy; her mother Ellen Gwendoline Erskine (1897-1997).[3][4] She spent some time in Hawaii where her younger brother John Stanley Long (1929- ) was born.[3] She was educated at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia, Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California, and Disputanta High School, Virginia.[2] She worked as a model before becoming an actress.[5]


In 1942, Long made her screen debut in The Male Animal playing a student. That same year, she appeared in Yankee Doodle Dandy as a receptionist. Other bit parts followed in 1943.[2] In May 1943, Long played "Dora Applegate" in the Broadway play Sons and Soldiers.[6]

In 1944, she appeared as a leading lady opposite John Wayne in Tall in the Saddle, playing the role of Clara Cardell. In 1945, she appeared in another Western film, Wanderer of the Wasteland, playing "Jeanie Collinshaw".[2][7]

In 1947, Long had featured roles in two films noir, Desperate and Born to Kill. She appeared in several low-budget films from 1948 through 1951.[8] In 1952, Long made her last film, Indian Uprising, playing the role of Norma Clemson. She retired from acting that year.[5][7]


In January 1945, Long married Edward Rubin, a dialogue director; the marriage ended in divorce in 1951.[4] Long married British novelist Leslie Charteris on April 26, 1952 in California.[9] Charteris was best known for his novels chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, in the literary series The Saint. The couple traveled extensively, with Charteris using their travel locations for his Saint novels. The two remained married until his death in 1993.[10]


Long died on September 19, 2014 in Surrey, England.[7][11] Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes were placed in a large urn which contains the ashes of her late husband Leslie Charteris. The inscription on the urn reads "Love Never Dies".[12]



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  12. "Audrey Long, Film Noir Star of the 1940s, Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
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