SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA--Actress Nan Leslie, best known in Hollywood for her roles in Western films in the 1940s and 1950s, but best known to MSTies as Atlasan's subversive wife Trinka in episode 417- CRASH OF THE MOONS, died here July 30, 2000, of complications from pneumonia. She was 74. Born June 4, 1926, in Los Angeles, she worked steadily in movies in the latter half of the 1940s, most frequently as the romantic lead in B westerns, including "Under the Tonto Rim" (1947), "Guns of Hate" (1948) and "Train to Tombstone" (1950). But she also appeared in several films of serious note including 1947's "Woman on the Beach."
Westerns were among the first genres to make the move to television in the late 1940s and early 1950s and Leslie went with them. Guest appearances on the "Lone Ranger" series and the "The Gene Autry Show" led to regular roles in series, including "Fury" (with Peter Graves) and "The Californians." Movie business gossip linked her romantically to frequent co-star Autry and actor Tim Holt. Leslie's career slowed down in the 1960s and her last film was 1968's "The Bamboo Saucer," an unusual Cold War tale about competing U.S. and Soviet expeditions trying to recover a flying saucer that crashed in China.