Born 1928 in Jacksonville, Florida, American actress Wanda Hendrix made her first film, Confidential Agent, in 1945 at the age of 16 and for the first few years of her career was consistently cast in “B” pictures. By the late 1940s, she was being included in more prestigious films, such as Ride the Pink Horse (1947), Miss Tatlock’s Millions (1948), and starred with Tyrone Power in Prince of Foxes (1949).
In 1946, Audie Murphy saw Hendrix on the cover of Coronet magazine and arranged to meet her. The two were married in 1949, making the film Sierra (1950) together, but the marriage was short-lived; they divorced in 1950. Hendrix later said that Murphy had wanted her to give up her career, but more significantly, he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from his service in World War II and during “flashback” episodes he would turn on her, once holding her at gunpoint. In her later years, Hendrix spoke of Murphy’s condition with sympathy.
Hendrix resumed her career, but found it difficult to obtain good roles. In 1954, she married wealthy sportsman James Langford Stack, Jr. and essentially retired from films, though she worked in live television dramatic anthology shows such as Pulitzer Prize Playhouse, Robert Montgomery Presents, The Plymouth Playhouse, The Ford Television Theatre, The Revlon Mirror Theater, and Schlitz Playhouse, and occasionally appeared in later series such as Bat Masterson, My Three Sons, Wagon Train and Bewitched. The couple divorced in 1958. She married Italian financier and oil company executive Steven LaMonte in 1969. They divorced in 1980.
Hendrix died in 1981 in Burbank, California from pleural pneumonia at the age of 52. These gorgeous photos captured portrait of a young and beautiful Wanda Hendrix in the 1940s and 1950s.