Lizabeth Scott was a popular leading lady who was outed as a lesbian by Confidential magazine.
She was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Lizabeth was the oldest of six children. She went to Marywood Seminary, a Catholic girls school, and Scranton High School where she appeared in several plays. At the age of seventeen she moved to New York City to attend the Alvienne School of Drama. She went on tour with the road company of Hellzapoppin and appeared in an off Broadway production of Sadie Thompson. Then she was hired to be Tallulah Bankhead's understudy in The Skin Of Our Teeth. Lizabeth was discovered by producer Hal B. Wallis who signed her to a long term contract at Paramount. In 1945 she made her film debut in the comedy You Came Along. The following year she costarred with Barbara Stanwyck in the film noir The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers. With her long blonde hair and sultry voice she quickly became a popular femme fatale. She had leading roles in the films Desert Tears, Too Late For Tears, and I Walk Alone. The studio tried to set her up on dates but Lizabeth, who was a lesbian, refused to fake a romance. There were rumors that she had become Hal B. Wallis's mistress. While filming The Big Steal in 1949 she had a breakdown on the set and had to be replaced.