Vera Miles (who is Vera Miles?)

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Vera Miles is an American actress known for her work in film, television, and theater. Born on August 23, 1929, in Boise City, Oklahoma, she started her career as a contract player for Warner Bros in the early 1950s.

Miles' early work included a mix of minor film and television appearances. She gained more attention after winning the talent portion at the Miss America pageant in 1948. This win helped launch her into the film industry.

One of her most notable roles was as Lila Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's seminal 1960 psychological horror film "Psycho." This performance solidified her position in Hollywood and exemplified her ability to portray characters under intense emotional stress.

Another significant collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock was supposed to be the film "Vertigo." Miles was originally cast as the female lead, but she had to withdraw from the project due to pregnancy, and Kim Novak took over the role.

Beyond "Psycho," Miles appeared in a wide range of successful and acclaimed films during the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Searchers" (1956) directed by John Ford, starring alongside John Wayne; "The Wrong Man" (1956), another Hitchcock film where she starred opposite Henry Fonda; and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), again with John Ford and John Wayne.

Through the 1960s and into the 1980s, she continued to work steadily, both in film and on television, with credits in series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Murder, She Wrote," among others.

Her personal life, at times, drew media attention, particularly her marriages and divorces. She was married several times, first to Bob Miles from 1948 until their divorce in 1954, followed by a brief marriage to actor Gordon Scott, with whom she had a son, Michael. She was also married to actor Keith Larsen from 1960 to 1971, with whom she had two daughters, Debra and Kelley.

As in the late-year phase of her career, Miles made fewer on-screen appearances, choosing to live a relatively private life. Information on her activities post-retirement is sporadic since she has kept out of the public eye.

Her body of work spans multiple genres and includes a blend of tough and vulnerable characters. Vera Miles' contributions to film were recognized in 1983 when she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As of my knowledge cutoff date, Vera Miles is a retired actress and there have been no recent reports about her activities or public appearances.

For further information about Vera Miles' filmography, you can refer to resources like IMDb's listing of her career:

Biographical details and information about her life and career can often be found in historical references about the golden age of Hollywood and in biographies or profiles of the actress.

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