Born 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland, American actress and painter Mona Freeman grew up in Pelham, New York. She was a model while in high school, and was selected the first “Miss Subways” of the New York City transit system in 1940.
Freeman’s first film appearance was in the 1944 film Till We Meet Again. She became a popular teenage movie star. After a series of roles as a pretty, naive teenager she complained of being typecast.
As an adult, Freeman’s career slowed and she appeared in mostly B-movies, though an exception was her role in the film noir Angel Face (1952). She also co-starred in the hit film Jumping Jacks (1952) with the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Freeman’s appearances in films ended in the 1950s but she continued to work in television. She appeared in an episode of Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961) starring Steve McQueen.
Freeman was also a portrait painter and concentrated on painting after 1961. Her best-known portrait is that of businesswoman Mary See, founder of See’s Candies.
Freeman died in 2014 at the age of 87 after a long illness at her Beverly Hills home.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Mona Freeman in the 1940s and 1950s.