So I'm watching Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground (short summing-up: great atmosphere, great performances, great Bernard Herrmann score with one cue that he would recycle in North By Northwest; terrible ending). And thanks to the commentary by DVD Savant Glenn Erickson, I realize that the girl who has a two-line role as a teenaged prostitute -- one of the many shady characters who drive Robert Ryan to near-psychosis about the "garbage" he has to deal with as a cop -- is one of my favourite TV character actresses, Nita Talbot. In the '60s through the '80s she had guest spots on dozens of TV shows; nobody was better at playing sexy wisecracking women who were over 30 (or "middle-aged," in the Hollywood term for "over 30"). Here's the scene from On Dangerous Ground, which also has the writer of the movie, A.I. Bezzerides, as a guy who tries to offer Ryan a bribe:
And here's Nita Talbot in her guest-starring prime, from an episode of "Soap," as Mrs. Fein, one of several women who was having an affair with Peter Campbell (Robert Urich) before he was shot, stabbed suffocated and bludgeoned:
Another Nita Talbot guest role you might remember is as the woman in the pilot of The Rockford Files who tried to marry a rich guy even though he'd died before the wedding.