`Brigadoon` star Elaine Stewart dies at 81

Updated: Jun 28, 2011, 13:04 PM IST

Los Angeles: Elaine Stewart, a leading lady in a series of films in the 1950s, including `Brigadoon,` and star of the 1970s game shows `Gambit` and `High Rollers,` has died. She was 81.

Her agent Fred Wostbrock told the Los Angeles Times that Stewart died Monday at her home in Beverly Hills after a long illness.

Stewart was born Elsy Steinberg. Her first starring role came in the 1953 crime drama `Code Two.` She also appeared in the films "The Adventures of Hajji Baba," `The Tattered Dress` and `Night Passage.`
In the 1960s, she was in several TV shows including "Bat Masterson," `Burke`s Law` and `Perry Mason.`

Stewart is survived by her husband, the game show producer Merrill Heatter, and two children.

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