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Elena Angela Verdugo (April 20, 1925[1] – 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 decades.

Contents

1 Film 2 Radio
Radio
and television 3 Recognition 4 Personal life 5 Selected filmography 6 References 7 External links

Film[edit] Verdugo made numerous film appearances through the 1940s, including several Universal horror films. While filming the Abbott and Costello comedy Little Giant
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
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
Paul Henreid
and John Sutton. Verdugo had a starring role as a singer in 1957's Panama Sal, a musical comedy film. Radio
Radio
and television[edit] Verdugo had a flair for comedy, and she garnered much laughter and applause in the title role of the hit situation comedy Meet Millie
Meet Millie
on both radio[2] and television (1952–1956).[3]:677–678 She guest starred on 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
NBC
half-hour Western dramatic series Redigo,[3]:882 actually the second season of Egan's earlier hour-long Empire, in which she also played Gerry.[3] Verdugo appeared as herself in 1963 on the NBC
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 The New Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
Show.[4] In the full 1964–1965 season, Verdugo played Lynn Hall, an employee of a complaint department at a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
department store in CBS's Many Happy Returns.[3]:654 In 1965–1966, she played Alice in Mona McCluskey.[3]:710 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
James Brolin
as the medical associate. The series aired from 1969 to 1976.[3]:655 Recognition[edit] 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, M.D.[5] She has a star at 1709 Vine Street in the Television
Television
section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960.[6] Personal life[edit] Verdugo is a descendent of the Verdugo family that was one of the founders of Los Angeles.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Verdugo died on May 30, 2017 in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
at the age of 92.[7] Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1931 Cavalier of the West Little Girl Uncredited

1940 Down Argentine Way Argentine Dancer Uncredited

1941 Blood and Sand Specialty Dancer Uncredited

The Hard-Boiled Canary Girl Uncredited

Belle Starr Young Girl Uncredited

1942 To the Shores of Tripoli Spanish Dancer Uncredited

The Moon and Sixpence Ata

1944 Rainbow Island Moana

House Of Frankenstein Ilonka

1945 The Frozen Ghost Nina Coudreau

1946 Little Giant Martha Hill

Strange Voyage Carmelita Lopez

1947 Song of Scheherazade Fioretta

1948 Shed No Tears Marilyn

El Dorado Pass Dolores

1949 The Big Sombrero Estrellita Estrada

Tuna Clipper Bianca Pereira

The Lost Tribe Li Wanna

Sky Dragon Connie Jackson, alias Marie Burke

1950 The Lost Volcano Nona

Snow Dog Andrée Blanchard

Cyrano de Bergerac Orange Girl

1951 Gene Autry
Gene Autry
and the Mounties Marie Duval

1952 Thief of Damascus Neela

Jet Job Marge Stevens

The Pathfinder Lokawa

1953 The Marksman Jane Warren

1957 Panama Sal Sal Regan

1965 Day of the Nightmare Miss Devi

1968 How Sweet It Is! Vera Wax

1969 Angel in my Pocket Lila Sinclair

1978 The Boss' Son Betty

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
portal California
California
portal Film
Film
portal Television
Television
portal Radio
Radio
portal

References[edit]

^ " Elena Verdugo
Elena Verdugo
profile". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2014.  ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio
Radio
Programs, 1924–1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 223. ^ a b c d e f Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 307. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 598 ^ " Elena Verdugo
Elena Verdugo
Television
Television
Academy". Television
Television
Academy. Retrieved 2017-09-18.  ^ "Elena Verdugo". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved January 30, 2017.  ^ Elena Verdugo, Emmy-Nominated Actress on 'Marcus Welby, M.D.,' Dies at 92

External links[edit]

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Elena Verdugo
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