Martha Vickers (May 28, 1925 - November 2, 1971) was a film actress who appeared in the 1946 film The Big Sleep playing Carmen Sternwood, younger sister to Lauren Bacall.
Born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan; she started out as a model and cover girl. Her first film role was a small uncredited part in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man in 1941.
The author of The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler, claimed that Martha Vickers gave an incredible performance as Carmen Sternwood, so much so that she completely overshadowed Lauren Bacall in her scenes. Unfortunately, this led the powers that be to edit the film in such a way that much of Vickers' performance ended up on the cutting-room floor.
The most famous of Vickers' three husbands was actor Mickey Rooney who was married to her from 1949 to 1951. She retired from films in 1960.
Martha Vickers had one son with Mickey Rooney, Teddy Rooney, and 2 daughters with Chilean polo player-turned-actor Manuel Rojas: Maria Christina (Tina) Rojas...
The Big Sleep (1946) is the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. It stars Humphrey Bogart as the hard-boiled private-eye Philip Marlowe and his eventual real-life wife Lauren Bacall as the femme fatale. The film was directed by Howard Hawks and is an example of the film noir genre. William Faulkner cowrote the screenplay with Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman.In 1997, the United States Library of Congress deemed this film " "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) visits his new client, General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), presumably to take care of some gambling debts of his younger daughter, Carmen (Martha Vickers), to a bookseller named Geiger. The older daughter, Vivian (Lauren Bacall), suspects that her father is more concerned with finding out what happened to her father's friend, Sean Regan, who had mysteriously disappeared a month..., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038355