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Karen Steele ACTOR

Karen Steele was born on March 20th, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Percy Davis Steele and Ruth Covey Merritt.  She was raised in Hawaii and after high school, Steele went on to study at the university of Hawaii and later relocated to Florida to study acting at Rollins College.
After college, she found work as a model. Her first paid acting job was working on the radio in a play called, "Let George Do It" followed by a role in the film s, "The Clown" (1953), "Man Crazy" (1953) and one of her most famous roles portraying the character, Virginia in, "Marty" (1955) that garnered an Academy Award for actor Ernest Borgnine as Best Actor.
Over the course of her career in the industry she appeared in over sixty film and television roles.  Some early television credits she added to her resume were roles on, "Studio 57" (1954), "The Man behind the Badge" (1955), "G.E. True Theater" (1955), "Stage 7" (1955), "Dragnet" (1956), "Climax" (1955-1957), "Wagon Train" (1957), "The Millionaire" (1956-1958), "Maverick" (1957-1959) and "Riverboat" (1960).
As her career progressed she mainly focused on television appearances and is most remembered for her role as Eve McHuron in the Star Trek episode, "Mudd's Women".  Other series she appeared on were, "Perry Mason", "Naked City", "Laramie", "Rawhide", "Branded", "The Long, Hot Summer", "Flipper", "Hogan's Heroes" and "Mannix".
Although she was mostly a television actress she did add a couple film credits to her resume such as, "Decision at Sundown" (1957), "A Boy and a Girl" (1969), "The Happy Ending" (1969), "The Trap on Cougar Mountain" (1972) and her final film role was, "Run to the High Country" (1974).  
Along with her career as an actress she was involved in a number of charitable causes.  

Karen Steele married only once to Dr. Maurice Boyd Ruland in 1973 and they remained together until she passed away at the age of fifty seven on March 12th, 1988 in Kingman, Arizona.  


1974   Run to the High Country

1972   The Trap on Cougar Mountain

1970   Mannix

1969   The Happy Ending 

1969   A Boy... a Girl 

1969   Hogan's Heroes

1968   Braddock

1967   Flipper

1967   Felony Squad 

1967   T.H.E. Cat 

1966   Star Trek 

1966   Death of a Salesman

1966   The Farmer's Daughter

1966   Cyborg 2087

1965   Get Smart

1965   A Man Called Shenandoah

1965   Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 

1965   The Long, Hot Summer

1965   Branded

1965   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 

1965   The Wackiest Ship in the Army 

1965   McGhee

1965   Valentine's Day 

1958-1965  Perry Mason

1964   Hazel 

1963   Empire 

1962   40 Pounds of Trouble 

1962   Alcoa Premiere

1962   Naked City 

1961-1962  Laramie 

1961-1962  Surfside 6 

1962   Rawhide

1961   Bonanza 

1961   Follow the Sun 

1961   Bronco 

1961   Target: The Corruptors

1961   Dante

1961   The Roaring 20's 

1959-1960  77 Sunset Strip

1960   Bourbon Street Beat

1960   Lawman

1960   The Deputy

1960   Tightrope

1960   The Alaskans

1960   Riverboat

1960   The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond

1959   Hawaiian Eye 

1957-1959  Maverick

1959   Bat Masterson 

1959   Northwest Passage 

1959   Ride Lonesome

1959   Schlitz Playhouse

1959   Westbound

1956-1958  The Millionaire 

1958   Jefferson Drum 

1957   Wagon Train

1957   Decision at Sundown 

1957   Bailout at 43,000 

1957   Conflict

1955-1957  Climax!

1956   The Sharkfighters

1956   Lux Video Theatre 

1956   Toward the Unknown

1956   Dragne

1956   The Ford Television Theatre

1955   Matinee Theatre 

1955   Medic 

1955   The Man Behind the Badge 

1955   The Man Who Tore Down the Wall 

1955   Marty

1955   G.E. True Theater 

1954   Studio 57 

1953   Man Crazy

1953   The Clown 

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