Elyse Knox

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Elyse Knox 1943

Elyse Knox, real name Elsie Lillian Kornbrath, (b. December 14, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut; † February 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California[1]) was an American actress.


The daughter of Austrian emigrants studied at the School of Fashion in Manhattan and began a career as a fashion designer. She presented her own designs as a model herself, among others in Vogue, and received an acting contract with 20th Century Fox in 1937. Knox appeared mostly in B-movies until 1942, when she landed the lead role in The Mummy’s Tomb, one of Universal Studios’ mummy movies. Knox was a well-known pin-up girl during World War II. Her pictures appeared on many magazine covers. After the war, she starred in the Monogram Pictures series of six films about Joe Palooka and his fiancée Annie Howe.

Knox became engaged to football player Tom Harmon. Harmon broke off the engagement when he joined the army in 1942. That same year, Knox married fashion photographer Paul Hesse, but the marriage lasted only a short time. After divorcing and Tom Harmon’s return from the war – he survived two plane crashes and was missing in action in the jungle – the two married in 1944, Elyse’s wedding dress being made from Harmon’s parachute silk. The marriage produced three children, including Mark Harmon, who also became an actor.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1940: Lillian Russell
  • 1941: Sheriff of Tombstone (Sheriff of Tombstone)
  • 1941: Tanks a Million
  • 1942: Top Sergeant
  • 1942: The Mummy’s Tomb
  • 1942: Arabian Nights (Arabian Nights)
  • 1943: Mister Big
  • 1943: Abbott and Costello on Black Ice (Hit the Ice)
  • 1946: Scandal at the Sports Palace (Joe Palooka, Champ)
  • 1948: Death Row No. 5 (I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes)

Web links

Commons: Elyse Knox– Image collection

  • Elyse Knox in the Internet Movie Database (english)

Individual references

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