'Vertigo' Actress Miliza Milo Dies at 91

James Stewart and Kim Novak in "Vertigo."
James Stewart and Kim Novak in "Vertigo."

Actress Miliza Milo, who can be seen -- albeit fleetingly -- in The Ten Commandments and Vertigo, two of the most important films of the 1950s, died Feb. 6 of natural causes in Sedona, Ariz. She was 91.

After playing a slave in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic Ten Commandments (1956), Milo portrayed a salesperson at the Ransohoffs women’s specialty shop helping an insistent James Stewart pick out a “simple gray suit” for Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo (1958).

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Milo also appeared in the drama Girl Gang (1954), on such TV shows as Playhouse 90, Shower of Stars, Hawaii Five-O, Three’s Company, All in the Family and Good Times and in regional theater productions.

Earlier, the St. Louis native had supporting roles in such 1940s radio anthology series as Escape (“designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!”), Suspense, Romance and Crime Classics and in the comedy Meet Millie.

Her friend Jo Ann Sawyer noted that Milo served as a Navy WAVE (an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II and in the late 1990s was voted the first female commander of the American Legion’s Post 43 in Hollywood, known as “The Post of the Stars.”

Milo recently appeared in Memorial Day and Veterans Day commercials that saluted veterans and were sponsored by Boeing.

Survivors include son John, grandson Todd and great-granddaughter Tatiana.

Click here to watch a tribute to Milo and “a cause near and dear to her heart,” woman veterans.

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