May 28, 1925 (
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
November 2, 1971, Hollywood, California, United States
Manuel Rojas (m. 1954–1965), Mickey Rooney (m. 1949–1951), A. C. Lyles (m. 1948–1949)
Teddy Rooney, Marta Teresa Rojas, Maria Christina Rojas
Frances MacVicar, James S. MacVicar
Mickey Rooney, Betty Jane Baker, Elaine Devry, Dorothy Malone, Carolyn Mitchell
Martha Vickers (May 28, 1925 – November 2, 1971) was an American model and actress.
Martha vickers the burglar
Born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she began her career as a model and cover girl. Her father was an automobile dealer, and the family moved to Hollywood when he assumed control of an agency in Burbank, California. Vickers was 15 at that time.
Vickers' first film role was a small uncredited part in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
She played minor roles in several films during the early 1940s, working first at Universal Studios and then at RKO Pictures. She next went to Warner Bros., where "they gave her the star push, rearranging her surname to 'Vickers.'" Her work there included the role of Carmen Sternwood, the promiscuous, drug-addicted younger sister of Lauren Bacall's character in The Big Sleep (1946). She also starred in a musical, The Time, the Place and the Girl, followed by two Warner Bros. comedies, Love and Learn and That Way with Women (both 1947).
During the 1950s, however, Vickers' film career stalled.[specify] She continued to act in television. One such appearance was in the 1959 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Jaded Joker," in which she played Sheila Hayes. Her final two performances in 1960 were on The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.
Vickers was married three times; to A. C. Lyles (March 15, 1948 – September 28, 1948), Mickey Rooney (June 3, 1949 – September 25, 1951) and actor Manuel Rojas (September 1, 1954 – May 5, 1965). Each marriage ended in divorce. Vickers had one son with Mickey Rooney, and two daughters with Rojas.
Vickers, 46, died of esophageal cancer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, in Los Angeles, California, on November 2, 1971. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.