Forrest died March 15 at age 86, according to her publicist.
Born Katherine Feeney on May 28, 1928, Forrest was a model and taught ballet while still in high school, according to publicist Judith Goffin. According to the Internet Movie Database, both her parents were ballroom dancers.
Forrest, who died in Beverly Hills after a long battle with cancer, was hired as choreographer and lead dancer for her first film, “Till the Clouds Roll By,” and went on to star in MGM musicals in the 1940’s. She earned critical acclaim for her role as Lupino’s daughter in “Unwanted,” and appeared in several other Lupino films.
The redhead also appeared in “While the City Sleeps,” “Son of Sinbad,” “Hard Fast and Beautiful” and “Pardon My Dust.”
She married writer-producer Milo Frank in 1951 and moved to New York, where she appeared in the stage productions “The Seven Year Itch,” “Damn Yankees,” “As You Like It” and “No, No Nanette.”
She later took on television roles and appeared on TV talk and variety shows.
Her husband died in 2004.
Forrest is survived by her niece, Sharon Durham, and nephews Michael and Mark Feeney.
—City News Service