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Actress Elaine Stewart dead at 81

A 1951 file photo of actress Elaine Stewart
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A 1951 file photo of actress Elaine Stewart
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - The 1950s screen star Elaine Stewart, best known for her role in "Brigadoon,'' has died in Los Angeles. 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 in Montclair, N.J. 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." And in the 1970s, she starred in game shows "Gambit" and "High Rollers."

Stewart is survived by her husband, the game show producer Merrill Heatter, and two children. She was previously married for two years to actor Bill Carter, who died in 1995.