Elena Angela Verdugo (April 20, 1925 – May 30, 2017) was an
American actress who began in films at the age of five in Cavalier of
the West (1931). Her career in radio, television, and film spanned six
Radio and television
4 Personal life
5 Selected filmography
7 External links
Verdugo made numerous film appearances through the 1940s, including
several Universal horror films. While filming the Abbott and Costello
Little Giant (1946), she met and married screenwriter Charles
R. Marion, who also wrote for the comedy team's radio show.
Verdugo starred with
Gene Autry and Stephen Dunne in the movie The Big
Sombrero (1949). She had a small part as the orange girl smitten by
Cyrano's gallantry in the opening theater scene of the 1950 José
Ferrer version of Cyrano de Bergerac.
She co-starred in
Thief of Damascus
Thief of Damascus (1952) with
Paul Henreid and John
Verdugo had a starring role as a singer in 1957's Panama Sal, a
musical comedy film.
Radio and television
Verdugo had a flair for comedy, and she garnered much laughter and
applause in the title role of the hit situation comedy
Meet Millie on
both radio and television (1952–1956).:677–678 She guest
The Bob Cummings Show
The Bob Cummings Show in a 1958 episode titled "Bob and the
Ravishing Realtor", playing the part of the realtor. In 1963, she
played Gerry in the short-lived
NBC half-hour Western dramatic series
Redigo,:882 actually the second season of Egan's earlier hour-long
Empire, in which she also played Gerry. Verdugo appeared as herself
in 1963 on the
NBC game show Your First Impression.
From February to June 1964, Verdugo played Audrey, the widowed sister
of Phil Silvers' character of Harry Grafton, in Silvers' CBS sitcom
Phil Silvers Show.
In the full 1964–1965 season, Verdugo played Lynn Hall, an employee
of a complaint department at a
Los Angeles department store in CBS's
Many Happy Returns.:654 In 1965–1966, she played Alice in Mona
Verdugo is perhaps best known today for her role as office
assistant/nurse Consuelo Lopez in the ABC series Marcus Welby, M.D.,
starring with Robert Young in the title role and
James Brolin as the
medical associate. The series aired from 1969 to 1976.:655
In 1971 and 1972, Verdugo was nominated for Emmy Awards in the
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama
category. Both nominations were for her performances on Marcus Welby,
She has a star at 1709 Vine Street in the
Television section of the
Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960.
Verdugo is a descendent of the Verdugo family that was one of the
founders of Los Angeles.
Verdugo and Marion had one son, Richard Marion (1949–1999), who
became an actor/director. Her second husband was Charles Rosewall, who
died in 2012.
Verdugo died on May 30, 2017 in
Los Angeles at the age of 92.
Cavalier of the West
Down Argentine Way
Blood and Sand
The Hard-Boiled Canary
To the Shores of Tripoli
The Moon and Sixpence
House Of Frankenstein
The Frozen Ghost
Song of Scheherazade
Shed No Tears
El Dorado Pass
The Big Sombrero
The Lost Tribe
Connie Jackson, alias Marie Burke
The Lost Volcano
Cyrano de Bergerac
Gene Autry and the Mounties
Thief of Damascus
Day of the Nightmare
How Sweet It Is!
Angel in my Pocket
The Boss' Son
Los Angeles portal
Elena Verdugo profile". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1,
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Elena Verdugo on IMDb
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