Film noir star Audrey Totter, who appeared in such classics as Lady in the Lake, The Set-Up, and High Wall, died on Thursday in Los Angeles at age 95. Her daughter, Mea Lane, told the Los Angeles Times that Totter had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure.
Though Totter had a small part in The Postman Always Rings Twice, the 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s pulp novel, her breakthrough came with 1947’s Lady in the Lake, where she was cast as a publishing executive who hires private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery) to find her boss’ wife. Other roles found her playing a gold-digger (1947’s The Unsuspected), a psychiatrist (1947’s High Wall), and the wife of a has-been boxer (1949’s The Set Up).
Her last acting credit came from a 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote.