Elaine Stewart

Elaine Stewart (born Elsy Henrietta Maria Steinberg; May 31, 1930 – June 27, 2011)[2] was an American actress and model.

Elaine Stewart
Publicity photo from The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Elsy Henrietta Maria Steinberg[1]

(1930-05-31)May 31, 1930
DiedJune 27, 2011(2011-06-27) (aged 81)
OccupationActress, model
Years active195276
Spouse(s)Bill Carter (196163; divorced)
Merrill Heatter (19642011; her death; 2 children)
ChildrenStewart and Gabrielle


Stewart was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the daughter of Hedwig (Haenssler) and Ulrich E. Steinberg.[1][3] She was one of five children born to German Jewish immigrants.[4] Her father was a police sergeant.[5]

Stewart was a Democrat who was supportive of Adlai Stevenson's campaign during the 1952 presidential election.[6]

In 1961, she married actor Bill Carter. They divorced in 1964, and she married television producer Merrill Heatter[7] on December 31, 1964. They had a son, Stewart, and a daughter, Gabrielle.[2]


Stewart made her debut by winning Miss See in See Magazine[8] in 1952, with measurements 34–25–36. She was in many magazines such as Playboy and Photoplay.


Stewart had a supporting role in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), as Lila, a starlet who has a romantic fling with a producer played by Kirk Douglas.[9] She was featured as Julie, the love interest of Sgt Ryan, played by Richard Widmark, in Take the High Ground! (1953) and co-starred with Mickey Rooney in a 1953 comedy, A Slight Case of Larceny.

She appeared in other films, such as Brigadoon, Night Passage, Code Two, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, and The Adventures of Hajji Baba. Stewart had a small but key role, as Anne Boleyn, in 1953's Young Bess. She co-starred with Jeff Chandler in the film noir The Tattered Dress (1957), with Victor Mature in the western Escort West (1958) and shared top billing with John Derek in a 1958 adventure film, High Hell, before turning to television.


Stewart guest-starred in TV series such as Bat Masterson and Burke's Law, both starring Gene Barry. In her last acting appearance on TV, she played Irene Grey in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Capering Camera" in 1964.[10] Stewart was a co-hostess on two 1970s game shows, Gambit with Wink Martindale[11]:377 and the nighttime edition of High Rollers with Alex Trebek,[11] both produced by her husband, Merrill Heatter.


On June 27, 2011, Stewart died at her home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 81.[7] She was survived by her husband and two children.[12] Upon her death, she was promptly cremated.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1952Sailor BewareLt. SaundersUncredited
1952Singin' in the RainLady-in-WaitingUncredited
1952You for MeGirl in Club Car
1952Everything I Have Is YoursShowgirl
1952Desperate SearchStewardess
1952Sky Full of MoonBillie - the Change Girl
1952The Bad and the BeautifulLila
1953Rogue's MarchNurseUncredited
1953Code TwoJane Anderson
1953Young BessAnne Boleyn
1953A Slight Case of LarcenyBeverly Ambridge
1953Take the High Ground!Julie Mollison
1954BrigadoonJane Ashton
1954The Adventures of Hajji BabaPrincess Fakzia
1956Meet Me in Las VegasEliane StewartUncredited
1957The Tattered DressCharleen Reston
1957Night PassageVerna Kimball
1958High HellLenore Davidson
1959Escort WestBeth Drury
1960The Rise and Fall of Legs DiamondMonica Drake
1961The Seven RevengesTamara
1961Most Dangerous Man AliveCarla Angelo
1962Peccati d'estateCostanza


  1. Barnes, Mike (June 27, 2011). "Elaine Stewart obituary in 'The Hollywood Reporter' (June 27, 2011)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  2. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2487-8HY
  3. Ronald Bergan (July 8, 2011). "Elaine Stewart obituary". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  4. "A Starlet Goes Home to Jersey". Life. 166-168. March 23, 1953. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  6. Lentz, Harris M. III (2012). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2011. McFarland. pp. 332–333. ISBN 9780786469949. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  7. Foster, Richard (2005). Real Bettie Page: The Truth About the Queen of Pinups. Citadel Press. p. 40. ISBN 9780806520759. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  8. "THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1953)". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  9. "Elaine Stewart". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  10. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 459. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  11. "Actress Elaine Stewart dead at 81". CBS News. June 28, 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  12. Wilson, Scott (16 September 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland via Google Books.
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