Marguerite Louise Skliris
April 7, 1922
|Occupation||Beauty queen, actress, businesswoman|
|Spouse(s)||Hal Fischer (1939-1945) (divorced)|
Felipe Alvarez (1965 present)
She was born in Chicago, Illinois but moved to San Francisco, California with her parents at a young age. She began acting at the age of 7, appearing on stage in many child roles and later won the Women's National Shakespeare Contest for her role as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet. She also took up modeling and was named "Miss San Francisco" and "Miss California" in 1939. She was a top-five runner-up to Patricia Donnelly in the "Miss America 1939" competition.
She made her feature film debut in Casanova in Burlesque (1944) and adopted her stage name, Margia Dean. Although never under contract to a studio, most of the films, some 16 in all, she made were for the producer Robert L. Lippert. Her first leading role was in Shep Come Home (1948) and roles followed in Red Desert (1949), FBI Girl (1951), The Lonesome Trail (1955), Villa!! (1958) and Seven Women from Hell (1961). Dean starred in a 1958 western, Ambush at Cimarron Pass, that featured Clint Eastwood in one of his earliest film roles. She also portrayed a trapeze artist in the 1961 circus tale The Big Show, which starred Esther Williams and Robert Vaughn.
Her association with Lippert had led to her being cast in The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), the first Hammer horror film. Frustrated that her roles were predominantly in B movies, she eventually retired from acting following her marriage in 1965 to her second husband, architect Felipe Alvarez. Her final film was Moro Witch Doctor (1964). She briefly became involved in movie production, producing The Long Rope (1961) with Hugh Marlowe as well as a number of television pilots. She has since been vice-president of a real estate firm and has worked in costume design and interior decoration.
- Casanova in Burlesque (1944)
- Call of the South Seas (1944)
- Take It Big (1944)
- The Desert Hawk (1944)
- Accent on Crime (1944)
- Minstrel Man (1944)
- Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)
- The Power of the Whistler (1945)
- Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)
- Who's Guilty? (1945)
- Living in a Big Way (1947)
- Shep Comes Home (1948)
- I Shot Jesse James (1949)
- Rimfire (1949)
- Grand Canyon (1949)
- Ringside (1949)
- Treasure of Monte Cristo (1949)
- Tough Assignment (1949)
- Red Desert (1949)
- The Baron of Arizona (1950)
- Western Pacific Agent (1950)
- Motor Patrol (1950)
- Hi-Jacked (1950)
- The Return of Jesse James (1950)
- Bandit Queen (1950)
- Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951)
- Mask of the Dragon (1951)
- Tales of Robin Hood (1951)
- Pier 23 (1951)
- Kentucky Jubilee (1951)
- Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
- Savage Drums (1951)
- Take Care of My Little Girl (1951)
- Leave It to the Marines (1951)
- Sky High (1951)
- FBI Girl (1951)
- Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
- Mr. Walkie Talkie (1952)
- Loan Shark (1952)
- Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
- Sins of Jezebel (1953)
- Fangs of the Wild (1954)
- The Lonesome Trail (1955)
- The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
- Last of the Desperados (1955)
- The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
- Frontier Gambler (1956)
- Stagecoach to Fury (1956)
- Badlands of Montana (1957)
- Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)
- Villa!! (1958)
- The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)
- The Big Show (1961)
- 7 Women from Hell (1961)
- Moro Witch Doctor (1964)
- "The Private Life and Times of Margia Dean". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Fitzgerald, Mike. "An Interview with Margia Dean". Western Clippings. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Cozad, W. Lee (2006). More Magnificent Mountain Movies. Lake Arrowhead, California: Sunstroke Media. pp. 196–197. ISBN 978-0-9723372-2-9. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
- "Margia Dean - Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Hearn, Marcus; Barnes, Alan (2007) . The Hammer Story. The Authorised History of Hammer Films (2nd ed.). London: Titan Books. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-84576-185-1.
|Awards and achievements|
| Miss California