Viveca Scott

Vera Miles

EPISODE 18


Columbo Villains -  Viveca Scott

Last Words to Columbo: "Give your brother in law a message for me, something appropriate"



In "Lovely but Lethal", the founder of a cosmetics company, Viveca Scott (played by Vera Miles) kills one of her chemists upon discovering that he has stolen the formula for her latest product - an anti-wrinkle cream that she's counting on to boost her declining profits. The chemist plans to sell it to her arch-rival at a high price. However, when her rival's secretary attempts to blackmail her in exchange for spying on her boss's activities, the founder laces the secretary's cigarettes with a potent sedative, ultimately leading to her death.
Vera Miles is an American actress born on August 23, 1929, in Boise City, Oklahoma. She is best known for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock's films, including "Psycho," "The Wrong Man," and "Vertigo." Miles began her career as a model, and later became a contract player for Warner Bros. She then signed with MGM and appeared in several films in the 1950s and early 1960s. In "Psycho," Miles played the character of Lila Crane, the sister of the film's protagonist Marion Crane. She also starred opposite Henry Fonda in "The Wrong Man" and played the love interest of James Stewart's character in "Vertigo." Miles continued to act throughout the 1960s and 1970s, appearing in TV series such as "The Fugitive" and "The Streets of San Francisco." She also made several guest appearances on shows such as "Murder, She Wrote" and "T.J. Hooker." Miles has received several awards for her acting, including a Golden Globe nomination for her role in "The Searchers." She was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Miles retired from acting in the 1990s but continues to be remembered for her iconic roles in some of Hitchcock's most famous films.