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Cathy Downs (March 3, 1924 – December 8, 1976) was an American film actress.

Born in Port Jefferson, New York, Downs began her film career with a small role in The Dolly Sisters (1945) and the following year played the title role in My Darling Clementine. Following the success of the latter, Downs was cast in a prison drama For You I Die (1947), an Abbott & Costello comedy The Noose Hangs High, and several western films.

By the beginning of the 1950s she was appearing in lower budget films, including some science fiction films, with one of these films Missile to the Moon marking her last screen appearance, in 1958.

She worked sporadically in television during the 1960s but was unemployed for several years before her death in Los Angeles, California.

Downs has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Television, at 6646 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life

She was married first to Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (1952–1955; divorced) who played the character Joe Palooka in films and on TV. They had long been out of touch, when, in 1976 Kirkwood heard that Downs was in dire financial circumstances.

Kirkwood was setting up a trust fund for her when he learned she had died of cancer at the age of 52. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica.


1945 The Dolly Sisters Miss Mascara uncredited

State Fair Girl on carousell uncredited

Diamond Horseshoe Miss Cream Puff uncredited

1946 My Darling Clementine Clementine Carter

Do You Love Me Clothes model uncredited

The Dark Corner Mari Cathcart

1947 For You I Die Hope Novak

1948 The Noose Hangs High Carol Scott

Panhandle Jean 'Dusty' Stewart

1949 Massacre River Katherine 'Kitty' Reid

1950 Short Grass Sharon Lynch

The Sundowners (1950 film) Kathleen Boyce

1951 Joe Palooka in Triple Cross Anne Palooka

1952 Gobs and Gals Betty Lou Prentice

1953 Bandits of the West Joanne Collier

The Flaming Urge Charlotte Cruickshank

1955 The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues Lois King

The Big Tip Off Sister Mary Joan of Arc

1956 The She-Creature Dorothy Chappel

Kentucky Rifle Amy Connors

The Oklahoma Woman Susan Grant

1957 The Amazing Colossal Man Carol Forrest

Curfew Breakers Mrs. Bowman

1958 Missile to the Moon June Saxton









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