Forrest passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, California on 15 March (15) following a long struggle with the disease.

She started her career as a model and dancer, and was hired as a choreographer and lead dancer for her first film, Till the Clouds Roll By, in 1946.

Forrest became the protege of Hollywood pioneer and female director Ida Lupino, who recruited her for dramas Not Wanted, Never Fear, and Hard, Fast and Beautiful.

She went on to appear in a number of movie musicals for MGM, and had roles in films such as The Strip, Bannerline, The Strange Door, Son of Sinbad and While the City Sleeps.

Forrest also made cameos on the small screen, with spots on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dinah Shore Show and The Red Skelton Hour, as well as dramas like Suspense, Rawhide and The Millionaire.

Forrest later brought her talents to the stage, starring in the original Broadway production of The Seven Year Itch, taking on the role made famous by Marilyn Monroe. Her other theatre credits include Damn Yankees, As You Like It and No, No, Nanette.

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