Mary Webster, Actress in 'Master of the World,' Dies at 81

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Mary Webster in the 1961 film 'Master of the World'

She also appeared in 'The Delicate Delinquent' opposite Jerry Lewis, in 'The Tin Star' with Henry Fonda and in two 'Twilight Zone' episodes.

Mary Webster, who starred opposite Jerry Lewis in the comedy The Delicate Delinquent and with Vincent Price in the sci-fi film Master of the World, has died. She was 81.

Webster died Monday in Dallas, her Master of the World co-star David Frankham stated on Facebook.

In her first big-screen appearance, Webster portrayed Lewis' love interest Patricia in The Delicate Delinquent (1957), notable as the comic actor's first film following his breakup with showbiz partner Dean Martin.

And in American International Pictures' Master of the World (1961), adapted by Richard Matheson from two Jules Verne novels, Webster is among those in a hot-air balloon who are captured by Price, the deranged captain of a huge airship. (Frankham played Webster's fiance in the film).

The actress also appeared in the 1957 features The Tin Star, directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, and Eighteen and Anxious.

Later, Webster worked with Jack Klugman in two episodes of CBS' The Twilight Zone: 1960's "A Passage for Trumpet" (she's with Klugman on the rooftop at the end) and 1963's "Death Ship," a space-travel tale penned by Matheson.

A native of Chicago who studied at the famed Pasadena Playhouse, Webster appeared opposite Tallulah Bankhead in the 1954-55 Broadway comedy Dear Charles.

Her television work also included stints on Father Knows Best, Panic!, Colt .45, The Millionaire, Perry Mason, Route 66 and Dr. Kildare.

Survivors include her son Matt.

 

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