Vera Miles is a retired American actress, who worked closely with Alfred Hitchcock, most notably in Psycho series. She was born as Vera June Ralston on August 23, 1929, in Boise City, Oklahoma, to Thomas and Bernice Ralston. She grew up with three elder siblings in Kansas.
Entry in Acting
After being crowned Miss Kansas 1948 and placed third in the Miss America contest, she caught the attention of many Hollywood producers. Afterward, she won roles in films like Two Tickets to Broadway, Tarzan's Hidden Jungle, and The Searchers, and television shows, including an episode of Medic.
Movies and TV Shows
Miles was widely publicized as the successor to Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s movies after she signed a five-year personal contract with him in 1957. She was cast opposite Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man. Hitchcock had planned to cast her in Vertigo, but later chose Kim Novak due to Miles’ pregnancy.
She was later cast in Psycho (1960) as Lila Crane, sister to Janet Leigh’s character. She reprised her role in Psycho II (1983). In 1962, she starred in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which was followed by notable films like Follow Me, Boys!, Hellfighters, The Green Berets.
She appeared in a number of hit TV shows like My Three Sons, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, and Hotel. She retired from the industry after playing the role of Dr. Ruth Goldin in Separate Lives in 1995.
Miles has been married four times. Her first husband was Bob Miles, married from 1948 to 1954. They shared two daughters, Debra and Kelley. She tied the knot with her Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle co-star, Gordon Scott in 1956 and divorced in 1960. They had one son, Michael.
Her third husband was Keith Larsen, married from 1960 to 1971. They welcomed a son, Erik, together. She was married to her fourth husband, director Robert Jones, from 1973 to 1975.
Now, Miles lives in Palm Desert, California, and does not make any public appearances or grant interviews.
While actress Jessica Biel was preparing to play Miles in Hitchcock’s biopic, Miles didn’t meet her, instead sent her grandson. Biel said about her meeting with Psycho star’s grandson,
“Vera Miles wasn’t interested… Vera is alive and did not want to speak to me because she doesn’t have a public life and is not interested in a public life. don’t think that was an insult to me but her grandson was available and so I picked his brain for hours. He’s married and was very nice and (a) very respectful guy, and he was very unsure about me at first. He is very protecting of his grandmother, but he was the best historian on her career and who she was at the time of Psycho.”
Respecting Miles’ privacy Biel added,
“Her life is exactly what she wanted. I feel it’s very challenging to have a private life. It’s been very hard for me to have any sort of privacy in life. I get that it’s a balance you have to try and create but it’s very hard.”
As of 2019, her net worth has been reported to be around $8 million.
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