Despite her appeal, she found there were few scripts for her during the postwar slump, and she moved to Rome, where she and her older sister, actress Constance Dowling, worked in the Italian film industry. She costarred in director Guiseppe de Santis’s acclaimed neorealist Bitter Rice as a jewel thief on the lam, hiding among the rice workers in Northern Italy. Shooting the film, Dowling and costar Silvana Mangano worked morning till night in waist-deep water. The actress made five other films in Italy – including Orson Welles’s Othello – before returning to LA.
Back in the States, she continued to make films, appear on stage, and guest-star on such television shows as, um, Barnaby Jones, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Bonanza. (Perhaps she knew Danny Dark, the voice-over announcer for Bonanaza, who died in LA last week at 65.) She married three times, including once as the seventh wife of bandleader Artie Shaw, who tried to marry every pretty woman in Hollywood.