Hugh Brooke Net Worth

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Hillary Brooke was born on September 8, 1914 in Astoria, New York, USA as Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson. She was an actress, known for The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), The Woman in Green (1945) and Africa Screams (1949). She was married to Raymond A. Klune and Jack Voglin. She died on May 25, 1999 in Bonsall, California, USA. Wikipedia

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Birth date: September 8, 1914, Astoria, New York City, New York, United States
Death date: May 25, 1999, Bonsall, California, United States
Birth place: Astoria, New York, USA
Height:5' 6" (1.68 m)
Spouse:Raymond A. Klune (m. 1960–1988), Jack Voglin (m. 1941–1948), Stacy Harris
Children:Carol Klune, Donald Klune
Siblings:Arthur Peterson

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1Sister of Arthur Peterson.
2She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
3Passed away on May 25, 1999, less than four months from what would have been her 85th birthday on September 8.
4She was appearing in television commercials long before it was fashionable (and profitable) for movie stars to do, namely promoting the Foodarama Refrigerator by Kelvinator in the mid-1950s. During this time, Cinerama was being made famous in movie theaters and everything from laundramats to trailer parks became "launderama" and trailerama" in hitching their wagon to the Cinerama star.
5Attended and graduated from Columbia University in New York City.
6In The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), she played the character Jan Peterson, a friend of Doris Day's character. Peterson was Brooke's real birth name.
7She is best remembered for her incongruous role as Lou Costello's girlfriend (of sorts) on The Abbott and Costello Show (1952) as well as Vernon Albright (Charles Farrell)'s girlfriend on My Little Margie (1952). Both shows are still seen today in syndication and on home video. With her regal British accent--even though she was not British--and upper-class, ladylike demeanor, Brooke was treated as a goddess by Costello and Bud Abbott on the show and was seldom subject to the usual slapstick other actresses on the show were. Even off screen, she was treated the same way by the team. They were notorious for their love of practical jokes, which they often played on cast and crew (and which were often, as could be expected from veteran burlesque comics like them, somewhat risqué). However, Brooke was never on the receiving end of any of their pranks even though, as she once noted in an interview, she would love to have been.
8Producers tended to think of her as too intelligent and self-possessed to be sexy, so she never got the lead and seldom got the man. However, she displayed a real flair for comedy and appeared with Bob Hope (Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)) and Red Skelton (The Fuller Brush Man (1948)) and, of course, was a regular as Lou Costello's semi-girlfriend on The Abbott and Costello Show (1952). Some other notable pictures in which she was cast include The Philadelphia Story (1940), Lady in the Dark (1944), Jane Eyre (1943), Ministry of Fear (1944), The Enchanted Cottage (1945) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
9Although she spoke with an English accent, she was not British; she was actually from Astoria, New York. She said that she cultivated that accent at the beginning of her career in order to set her apart from all the other tall blondes she would be competing with for roles. The tactic worked so well that producers who hired "the blonde with the British accent" expected to hear a blonde with a British accent on the screen, so she was forced to use the accent whenever she worked, and wound up using it all the time, even off screen.
10Prior to her acting career, she worked as a photographer's model.



Stars Over Hollywood1951TV SeriesMrs. Sands
Skipalong Rosenbloom1951Square Deal Sal (as Hillary Brook)
Insurance Investigator1951Addie Wilson
Vendetta1950Lydia Nevil
The Admiral Was a Lady1950Shirley Pedigrew
Lucky Losers1950'Countess' Margo
Beauty on Parade1950Gloria Barton
Unmasked1950Doris King Jackson
Bodyhold1949Flo Woodbury
Alimony1949Linda Waring
Africa Screams1949Diana Emerson
Big Town Scandal1948Lorelei Kilbourne
The Fuller Brush Man1948Mildred Trist
Let's Live Again1948Sandra Marlowe
Big Town After Dark1947Lorelei Kilbourne
I Cover Big Town1947Lorelei Kilbourne
The Strange Woman1946Meg Saladine
Strange Journey1946Patti Leeds
Monsieur Beaucaire1946Mme. Pompadour
Big Town1946Lorelei Kilbourne
Earl Carroll Sketchbook1946Lynn Stafford
Strange Impersonation1946Arline Cole
The Gentleman Misbehaves1946Nina Mallory
Up Goes Maisie1946Barbara Nuboult
Road to Utopia1945Kate
The Woman in Green1945Lydia
The Crime Doctor's Courage1945Kathleen Carson
The Enchanted Cottage1945Beatrice Alexander
Practically Yours1944uncredited
Ministry of Fear1944Mrs. Bellane #2
And the Angels Sing1944Polish Bride (uncredited)
Lady in the Dark1944Miss Bar (uncredited)
Standing Room Only1944Alice Todd
Jane Eyre1943Blanche Ingraham
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death1943Sally Musgrave
The Crystal Ball1943Friend of Jo Ainsley (uncredited)
Happy Go Lucky1943Wife (uncredited)
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror1942Jill Grandis - Driver (uncredited)
Counter-Espionage1942Pamela Hart
Wake Island1942Girl at the Inn (uncredited)
Calling Dr. Gillespie1942Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
Ship Ahoy1942Hillary (uncredited)
To the Shores of Tripoli1942Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Sleepytime Gal1942Railroad Station Blonde (uncredited)
Mr. and Mrs. North1942Party Guest (uncredited)
Two-Faced Woman1941Dress Shop Clerk Hotel-Caller (uncredited)
Married Bachelor1941Hillary Gordon (uncredited)
Unfinished Business1941Woman (uncredited)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde1941Mrs. Arnold (uncredited)
The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury1941Georgia Deering
Willie and the Mouse1941ShortModern Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Country Fair1941uncredited
Maisie Was a Lady1941House Guest (uncredited)
The Lone Rider Rides On1941Sue Brown
The Philadelphia Story1940Main Line Society Woman (uncredited)
New Moon1940Party Guest (uncredited)
Florian1940Horsewoman (uncredited)
Two Girls on Broadway1940Second Girl in Powder Room (uncredited)
Eternally Yours1939Blonde on Stage (uncredited)
New Faces of 19371937Showgirl (as Beatrice Schute)
Michael Shayne1960TV SeriesGreta Morgan
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1959-1960TV SeriesLaura Renault / Winifred
General Electric Theater1959TV SeriesMaxine's Friend
Lawman1959TV SeriesClaire Adams
Father Knows Best1959TV SeriesMrs. Carter
Yancy Derringer1959TV SeriesJulia Bulette
December Bride1957TV SeriesMiss Bennett
Perry Mason1957TV SeriesDoris Cole
Spoilers of the Forest1957Phyllis Warren
Private Secretary1957TV SeriesBlanche Colvey
West Point1956TV SeriesMrs. Bridgeman
Studio 571956TV SeriesCaroline
The Man Who Knew Too Much1956Jan Peterson
The Star and the Story1955-1956TV SeriesBetty Horn / Adelaide Manning / Diana Blair
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesCountess
I Love Lucy1956TV SeriesAngela Randall
Crossroads1955TV Series
Bengazi1955Nora Nielson
The Millionaire1955TV SeriesJane Murdock
The Ford Television Theatre1955TV SeriesVivian Riley
My Little Margie1952-1955TV SeriesRoberta Townsend / Robetrta Townsend
Fireside Theatre1954-1955TV SeriesJulie
Public Defender1955TV SeriesPaula Jackson
The Whistler1955TV SeriesSharon
Cavalcade of America1954TV Series
Big Town1953-1954TV SeriesValerie Randall
The Mickey Rooney Show1954TV SeriesMrs. Brown
The Christophers1954TV Series
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954TV Series
Mr. & Mrs. North1954TV SeriesBetty Farris
Heat Wave1954Carol Forrest
The Ray Milland Show1954TV SeriesSheila Castle
Dragon's Gold1954Vivian Crosby
Passport to Danger1954TV SeriesMae Rand
Mexican Manhunt1953Eve Carter
Racket Squad1952-1953TV SeriesJulia Bentley
The Maze1953Peggy Lord
Four Star Playhouse1952-1953TV SeriesMiriam
Invaders from Mars1953Mrs. Mary MacLean
The Lady Wants Mink1953Evelyn Cantrell
Never Wave at a WAC1953First Lt. Phyllis Turnbull
The Abbott and Costello Show1952-1953TV SeriesHillary Brooke / Hilary Brooke
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd1952Capt. Bonney
Chevron Theatre1952TV Series
Confidence Girl1952Mary Webb
Dangerous Assignment1952TV SeriesCarol
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV Series
Gruen Guild Theater1951TV Series
Lost Continent1951Marla Stevens



The Bob Hope Show1954-1958TV SeriesHerself

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Archive Footage

The Great Detectives1999TV Series documentarySally Musgrave
Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld1994TV Movie documentary
Hey, Abbott!1978

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Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6311 Hollywood Blvd.

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