Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Maxine Cooper, R.I.P.

As Velda, worked under Mike Hammer
providing the "Woo Bait" and glamour
Kiss Me Dead star
did not go too far
but just far enough to enamor

Maxine Cooper Gomberg, a Chicago-born actress best known
for playing the secretary in the 1955 film noir classic "Kiss Me
Deadly," has died. She was 84.

In "Deadly," private detective Mike Hammer specilaizes in
divorce cases. His secretary Velda lures men into compro-
mising postions for Hammer to photograph.

Ms. Gomberg was also a social activist, helping to organize
actors, writers and executives to march in the 1960s with
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Ala. She
also marshaled the entertainment community to participate
in protests against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons,
among other causes.

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