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Adele Mara was an American actress, singer and dancer who appeared in films during the 1940s and 1950s. During the 1940s, the blond actress was also a popular pinup girl.
Adele Mara, was born Adelaide Delgado on April 28, 1923 in Highland Park, Michigan. By the time Mara was 15 years old, She was a singer-dancer with Xavier Cugat and his orchestra in Detroit. While on tour with Cugat in New York City she was discovered by a Columbia talent scout and signed a contract with Columbia in 1942. Her first role was in “Blondie Goes To College” (1942) and had leading roles the next couple years in what turned out to be run of the mill “B” movies such as “Vengance Of The West” (1942) with Tex Ritter and “Alias Boston Blackie” with Chester Morris. After her contract with Columbia was up Mara signed with Republic studios. There she was transformed into a platinum blonde where during WWII, the beautiful Mara became a popular pin-up girl with GI’s worldwide. With Republic Pictures Mara also went on to star in several movies opposite some of the biggest name actors of the time: “Bells of Rosirita” (1945) with Roy Rogers, “Twilight On The Rio Grande” (1947) with Gene Autry, “Wake Of The Red Witch” (1948) with John Wayne, “Night Time In Nevada” (1948) with Roy Rogers, and in what was probably her best part, in “Sands Of Iwo Jima” (1948) again with John Wayne. Other movies of note during this time were: “Blackmail” (1947), “Web Of Danger” (1947), “Angel In Exile” (1948), and “The Avengers” (1950). Her movie career would fade in the early 50’s and Mara would move into television where she had a number of guest roles, mostly in westerns. All told, Mara had over 90 roles in movies and television in her career.
In 1952, Adele Mara married TV mogul Roy Huggins who produced many hit shows including “77 Sunset Strip” (1958) and “Maverick” (1957) Mara had guest spots in several of his shows. The couple had three sons and would remain married for 50 years until his death in 2002.
Adele Mara died May 7, 2010 of natural causes in Pacific Palisades, California.