Faith Marie Domergue

Faith Marie Domergue

American television and film actress
Date of Birth: 16.06.1924
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Faith Marie Domergue
  2. Early Life
  3. Career
  4. Later Years

Biography of Faith Marie Domergue

Faith Marie Domergue was an American television and film actress, who reached the height of her popularity in the 1950s. Although she worked extensively in film and television, she often regretted not having the opportunity to perform on the theatrical stage.

Faith Marie Domergue

Early Life

Faith Marie Domergue was born on June 16, 1924, in New Orleans. When she was six weeks old, she was adopted by Adabelle Wemet. Faith later discovered her adoption and her English and Irish roots, which her parents had never revealed to her. In 1926, when Faith was one and a half years old, her adoptive mother married Leo Domergue, who gave both of them his surname. The family moved to California in 1928, where Faith attended Beverly Hills Catholic School and St. Monica's Convent School. While in school, Faith also took vocal and piano lessons. She was fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian, although she had a slight speech impediment.

Faith Marie Domergue


During her high school years, Faith Domergue signed a contract with Warner Bros. eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes, a powerful figure in the film industry at the time who had launched the careers of many Hollywood stars, met 15-year-old Faith at a party on his yacht and bought out her contract. She later signed a new contract with RKO Studios, which included roles in three films. Domergue made her debut in the 1941 film "Blues in the Night," although she was uncredited. In the same year, she began a sporadic relationship with Howard Hughes. However, after learning in 1943 that Hughes had similar relationships with Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner, she ended her relationship with the influential director. In 1972, she wrote a book titled "My Life with Howard Hughes," where she recounted her experiences with him. In the 2004 film "The Aviator," which was dedicated to Howard Hughes, Faith Domergue's role was portrayed by Kelli Garner.

Faith Marie Domergue

After graduating from high school in 1942, Faith pursued her acting career with the goal of becoming a movie star. However, her dreams were put on hold after she suffered severe injuries in a car accident that nearly proved fatal. Her next film, "Young Widow," in which Domergue had a leading role, was not released until 1946. She then began actively working in movies, often without exclusive contracts with studios. She later appeared in English and Italian films, and in 1965, she appeared in the American version of the Soviet science fiction film "Planeta bur." The film was heavily re-edited and dubbed, and released under the title "Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet." In the late 1950s and 1960s, Domergue played numerous roles on television, mostly as a guest star, and never became a regular cast member. Some of her television credits include "Bonanza," "Perry Mason," "Have Gun Will Travel," and "The Rifleman."

Later Years

By the early 1970s, Faith had lost interest in her profession and occasionally appeared in low-budget horror films. Starting in 1952, she frequently traveled to Rome and lived there for extended periods of time. In 1968, she permanently moved to Europe and lived in Rome, Geneva, and Marbella, Spain, until her third husband, an Italian, passed away. In 1946, Faith married jazz orchestra leader Teddy Stauffer, but they divorced after only six months. Later that same year, she married director Hugo Fregonese, with whom she had two children, Diana Maria and John Anthony. They divorced in 1960. In 1966, Faith married for the third and final time to Paolo Cossa, and they remained together until his death in 1992. Faith Domergue spent the last eight years of her life in Santa Barbara, California. She passed away on April 4, 1999, at the age of 74, after battling cancer.