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Domerque in IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.
About Faith Domerque (1924 – 1999)
Faith Domerque was born on June 16, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana. On April 4, 1999. At 6 weeks old, she was adopted. Her adoptive, Catholic parents were Adabelle Weme and Leo Domergue. They moved to Los Angeles, California in 1928. FAITH took singing and dancing lessons, as she showed some talent in the arts. She was educated at CAtholic Schools.
Faith Domerque spoke French, Spanish and Italian. Domerque is also known for her trademark lisp. As a teenager, she went through a car windshield and spent the next 18 months undergoing reconstructive surgeries.
Faith Domerque was unlucky in love, and married THREE times. Faith was married to band leader, Teddy Stauffer;(1946-1947), AND Hugo Fregonese;(1947-1958). She finally found the love of her life in Roman director, Paolo Cossa;(1966-his death in 1992). Domerque had two children with Hugo Fregonese, Diana Maria and John Anthony.
While a high school junior, she was signed a Warner Brothers contract in 1941. Faith Domerque's film career began in 1941, making her debut in the film, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, as an uncredited girl, dancing the jitterbug.
After gradauting in 1942, she went through a car windshield and spent the next 18 months undergoing reconstructive surgeries.
While recovering from her injuries, Faith went to a party aboard Howard Hughes' yacht, set up by the studio. Some sources claim that this happened before she graduated from high school, and she was underage, still a teenager. She quickly came to the attention of Howard Hughes, 21 years her senior. He was taken by her beauty, and offered her a role in his new movie; to be filmed in 1945. The catch was that she was to be in a relationship with him.
Huges bought her out of her contract with Warner Brothers for a boatload of money and got her a three picture contract with his film studio, RKO Pictures.
They began a rocky relationship which ended in 1943, when Faith discovered that Huges couldn't be tied down to just one main squeeze, and had "a thing" for actresses: Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.
Though she broke up with him, Hughes honored her film contract. The exposure Faith got from being in Hughes' 3.2 million dollar movie, VENDETTA; brought her to the public eye, in spite of the film's lack of success at box office.
In the 2004 box off hit movie, THE AVIATOR, Faith Domerque is portrayed by Kelli Garner.
Faith continued her acting career and five years later, but she was playing in B-grade sci-fi movies as a scientist damsel in distress, appearing limp in the arms of various monsters. Her lack of thespian training severely limited the type of roles Faith could be cast for.
She then continued working throughout the 60's doing television guest appearances. She then returned to film, playing in horror movies in the 70's.
In 1974, Faith Domerque made her last movie playing the role of Gayle in THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES. FAith then retired from film, content to live with her husband, Paolo Cossa, in Rome, Geneva, Switzerland, and Marbella, Spain until Paolo's death. Faith moved back to Santa Barbara, and lived out her years there.
On April 4, 1999 Faith Domerque passed away in Santa Barbara, California from cancer.
Faith Domerque's notable movie credits include...
THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES (1974)
SO EVIL MY SISTER (1974)
BLOOD LEGACY (1971)
WILL TO DIE (1971)
THE MAN WITH ICY EYES (1970)
THE GAMBLERS (1970)
TRACK OF THUNDER (1967)
VOYAGE TO THE PREHISTORIC PLANET (1965)
THE SKY BURNS (1958)
ESCORT WEST (1958)
SPIN A DARK WEB (1956)
CULT OF THE COBRA (1955)
IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955)
THE ISLAND EARTH (1955)
SANTA FE PASSAGE (1955)
THE GREAT SIOUX UPRISING (1953)
THE DUEL AT SILVER CREEK (1952)
WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950)
YOUNG WIDOW (1946)
Faith Domerque's notable Television credits include...
PERRY MASON (TV SERIES 1961-1963)
SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE (TV SERIES 1954,1958)
Faith Domerque in IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.