Totter's daughter, Mea Lane, said the actress died Thursday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles, having recently suffered a stroke and congestive heart failure.
In a career beginning in 1944, Totter shot to stardom in Lady in the Lake opposite Robert Montgomery and The Unsuspected with Claude Raines, both in 1947.
By 1952, however, Totter took a break from film to focus on her marriage to Dr. Leo Fred and gave birth to their daughter. She returned to television after a few years, but as her tough-talking style went out of fashion, her career faded.
Totter began receiving job offers again in 1995, after her husband's death and as film buffs began to rediscover her work. But, by then in her late 70s, Totter said she had no interest in playing "nice grandmothers."
"Boring!" she said at the time. "Critics always said I acted best with a gun in my hand."
Totter is survived by her daughter and granddaughter.
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