Elaine Stewart, a former model and '50s leading lady, died Monday at her home after a long illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 81.

Stewart, most known for two 1954 films in which she starred opposite Gene Kelly in 'Brigadoon' and John Derek in 'The Adventures of Hajji Baba', also appeared in two popular game shows in the '70s.

The leading lady starred with Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas in film, 'The Bad and the Beautiful' in 1952. She also starred in 'Take the High Ground' with Richard Widmark and Karl Malden in 1953. Stewart was featured in 18 films during the 1950s and graced the cover of Life magazine in 1953 alongside the headline, 'Budding Starlet Visits the Folks in Jersey.'

In 1952, Stewart beat out hundreds of other aspiring models for the title of 'Miss See' and a photo spread in See Magazine. She was also signed to a film contract with MGM and landed her first role in 'Sailor Beware' with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

The actress married game show creator Merrill Heatter in 1964 and went on to star in two game shows: 'Gambit' opposite Wink Martindale and 'High Rollers' with Alex Trebek.