Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Debra Paget - an American actress and entertainer who rose to prominence in the 1950s and early-1960s in a variety of feature films including Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments and Love Me Tender, the film début of Elvis Presley. 


Paget's first notable film role was as "Teena Riconti", girlfriend of the character played by Richard Conte, in Cry of the City, a 1948 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak. Fresh out of high school in 1949, she acted in three other films before being signed by 20th Century-Fox. Her first vehicle under Fox was 1950's successful film, Broken Arrow with James Stewart. Paget played an Indian maiden, Sonseeahray ("Morningstar"), who gives up her life to save Stewart's character. 


Paget again played an Indian Princess 'Appearing Day' in White Feather (1955) along with Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter and later at MGM replaced Anne Bancroft as the Indian girl in The Last Hunt with Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger. 


She went on to starring roles in a variety of films, appearing along with such major stars as Richard Basehart, Michael Rennie, Cornel Wilde, Raymond Massey, Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anthony Quinn, Edward G. Robinson, Elvis Presley, Joseph Cotten, Robert Wagner and Donald Crisp. 


In  the mid-50’s,  she appeared in what would become her signature role - Lilia the water girl, in Cecil B. DeMille's monumental production of The Ten Commandments - Fox lent her to Paramount.

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