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Actress Beverly Tyler dead at 78

Dec. 15, 2005 at 7:45 PM

RENO, Nev., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Beverly Tyler, who made 16 mostly B-movies in the 1940s and 1950s, has died in Reno, Nev. She was 78.

Tyler died of a pulmonary embolism Nov. 23 at South Meadows Hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Tyler was only 14 when she signed her first contract with MGM studios, the newspaper said. She caught the public's eye several years later for her portrayal of a Scottish girl in the 1946 feature, "The Green Years."

In 1947, she starred with Peter Lawford in the comedy "My Brother Talks to Horses."

On stage, she starred in the 1945 "The Firebrand of Florence," which closed after a month, then went on to make a series of B-movies such as "The Fireball," "The Palamino" and "Toughest Gun in Tombstone."

She was linked to several prominent actors of her time, but married comedy writer and director Jim Jordan Jr. in 1962. The couple moved to Reno, where he worked as a real estate developer.

She is survived by a son and three step-daughters.

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