By Jeff Labrecque
Updated June 28, 2011 at 04:21 PM EDT

Brigadoon actress Elaine Stewart, who married game-show producer Merrill Heatter and went on to appear in popular shows like Gambit and High Rollers, died Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif., after a long illness, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was 81. In her early 20s, Stewart appeared opposite Kirk Douglas in Vincente Minnelli’s Hollywood drama, The Bad and the Beautiful, and she played the beautiful New York socialite opposite Gene Kelly and Van Johnson in Brigadoon (1954).

She also appeared in Young Bess (1953), The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954), The Tattered Dress (1957), and Night Passage (1957), as well as TV shows like The Third Man (1959), Bat Masterson (1960), Burke’s Law (1963), and Perry Mason (1964).