Audrey Long (April 12, 1922 – September 19, 2014) Memorial Video
Audrey Long was an American actress who appeared mainly in low-budget films in the 1940s and early 1950s. Some of her more notable film performances include Tall in the Saddle (1944) opposite John Wayne, Wanderer of the Wasteland (1945), Born to Kill (1947), and Desperate (1947). Long died on September 19, 2014.
Audrey Long was born on April 12, 1922 in Orlando, Florida. She was educated at St. Margaret's School for Girls in Tappahannock, Virginia, Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California, and Disputana High School. Her father, C. S. Long, was an Episcopal minister, who became a naturalized American citizen and served as a United States Navy Chaplain. Long worked as a model before becoming an actress.
In 1942, Long made her screen debut in The Male Animal playing a student. That same year, she appeared in Yankee Doodle Dandy as a receptionist. Other bit parts followed in 1943. In May 1943, Long appeared in the Broadway play Sons and Soldiers in the role of Dora Applegate.
In 1944, Long appeared as a leading lady opposite John Wayne in Tall in the Saddle, playing the role of Clara Cardell. The following year she appeared in another Western film, Wanderer of the Wasteland, playing the role of Jeanie Collinshaw.
In 1947, Long had featured roles in two films noirs, Desperate with Steve Brodie and Born to Kill playing Claire Trevor's sister and Lawrence Tierney's wife. She appeared in several low-budget films from 1948 through 1951. In 1952, Long made her last film, Indian Uprising, playing the role of Norma Clemson. She retired from acting that year.
In January 1945, Long married Edward Rubin, a dialogue director; the marriage ended in divorce in 1951. Long married British novelist Leslie Charteris on April 26, 1952 in Montecino, California. Charteris was best known for his novels chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, in the literary series The Saint. The couple traveled extensively with Charteris using their travel locations for his Saint novels. The two remained married until his death in 1993.
Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes were placed in a large urn which contains the ashes of her late husband Leslie Charteris. The inscription on the urn reads "Love Never Dies."