Vera starred in the John Wayne western The Searchers before dealing with director Alfred Hitchcock in 1957’s The Wrong Man as well as in the famous 1960 thriller Psycho. Miles worked in movie and TV for decades afterward. Miles became a beauty queen when she was crowned Miss Kansas, later taking third place in the Miss America Pageant in 1948. Vera and her husband Bob Miles subsequently moved to Hollywood, and from the early ’50s Vera was working in picture. Vera chose to use Miles as her professional surname as there was already another celebrity named Vera Ralston. Miles started to do television spots at the same time. Another well-known movie director took particular notice of Miles after she appeared in a 1955 episode of director JohnFord series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Miles was given a contract deal with Hitchcock and she starred in his 1957 movie The Wrong Man, according to an actual narrative. Opposite Henry Fonda, Vera played the emotionally ravaged wife of a guy unjustly charged with robbery. Miles was subsequently initially slated to appear in Hitchcock’s 1958 film Vertigo, but due to pregnancy and production postponements, she was replaced by Kim Novak.
However a leading part was in the making. In Psycho (1960), Miles stars as Lila Crane, a girl in search of her lost sister Marion (played by Janet Leigh) that has a horrifying encounter with Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins). The black and white movie, using its well-known noir motifs and scenes of horror, is regarded as a cinematic classic. Miles continued to do both movie and TV work throughout the ’80s, including a return to her Lila Crane character in the good-received Psycho II (1983).
Miles retired from playing after the 1995 movie Separate Lives. Her work on the first Psycho was brought to life once more in the 2012 movie Hitchcock, which centers around the making of the well-known thriller and features celebrity Jessica Biel as Miles. Miles has been married several times and has four kids. Hitchcock – Preview (TV14; 2:36) Complete preview for the movie “Hitchcock” starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson, courtesy of Fox Searchlight.