Audrey Totter, 95, a blond leading lady of 1940s film noir who starred as a tough-talking dame in "Lady in the Lake," "The Set-Up" and "High Wall," died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her daughter, Mea Lane. Totter, a Woodland Hills resident, had
Although she had a relatively short film career, Totter created memorable movie moments while under contract with
"The bad girls were so much fun to play," Totter told the
But in 1952 Totter put aside her performing career to focus on her family, marrying Dr. Leo Fred, who taught at the
Totter was born in
After her husband died in 1995 and movie buffs rediscovered her film noir scenes on video and cable TV, Totter said she began receiving job offers.
"What could I play?" she said in a 2000 interview with the
Times staff reports