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Marcia Mae Jones

Marcia Mae Jones was born on August 1, 1924, to an acting family. Her mother, Freda Jones, was an actress, and all three of her siblings - Margaret Jones, Macon Jones, and Marvin Jones - were child actors. But Marcia Mae had the most successful career, and she was the only one of her siblings to become a child star. She made her acting debut when just six months old, when director James Cruze saw her in her baby carriage and immediately cast her as the baby in his film Mannequin (1926). Her first major role was in Night Nurse (1931), in which she played a sick child that a sinister hospital staff was trying to murder. By age 10, Marcia Mae had appeared in several dramatic films. In 1936, she played a terrified victim of school bullying in These Three (1936), a role that brought her much attention. In 1937, she played the crippled Klara in Heidi (1937). The film starred two other child actors, Delmar Watson and Shirley Temple. Despite a four-year age difference, Marcia Mae and Shirley acted well with each other, and they appeared together again in The Little Princess (1939). Besides Shirley Temple and Delmar Watson, Marcia Mae worked with several other child stars of the 1930s, including Jane Withers, Bonita Granville, Jackie Moran, Sybil Jason, and her favorite, Jackie Cooper. Marcia Mae's film career began to slow down in the early 1950s, after which she largely appeared in television roles. Her adult life was marred by the suicide of her second husband, Bill Davenport, and problems with alcohol. She eventually conquered her alcohol dependency and became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Marcia Mae Jones died on 2 September 2007 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

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Aug 1, 1924 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Bishop Murder Case 1930-01-03
Latest Project:
Series Simon & Simon 1981-11-24
Known For
Poster of Simon & Simon
Poster of Cannon
Poster of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Poster of The Fabulous Fraud
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe Sarah 1974-07-29
Movie The Way We Were Peggy Vanderbilt 1973-10-17
Movie A Great American Tragedy Claire 1972-10-18
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Family Affair Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Movie The Star Waitress (uncredited) 1952-12-11
Movie The Yellow Haired Kid Amy 1952-11-02
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Chicago Calling Peggy (as Marsha Jones) 1951-12-31
Movie The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Katie O'Grady (as Marsha Jones) 1950-03-30
Movie Hi-Jacked Jean Harper (as Marsha Jones) 1950-07-07
Movie Tucson Polly Johnson 1949-04-27
Movie Arson, Inc. Betty - Fender's Secretary 1949-06-24
Movie The Fabulous Fraud Blind Girl 1948-08-28
Movie Street Corner Lois Marsh 1948-12-03
Movie Nine Girls Shirley Berke 1944-02-17
Movie Lady in the Death House Suzy Kirk Logan 1944-03-15
Movie The Youngest Profession Vera Bailey 1943-02-26
Movie Top Man Erna Lane 1943-09-17
Movie Nobody's Darling Lois 1943-08-27
Movie Secrets of a Co-Ed Laura Wright 1942-10-26
Movie Nice Girl? Jane's Friend at Benefit 1941-02-21
Movie The Gang's All Here Patsy Wallace 1941-06-11
Movie Let's Go Collegiate Bess Martin 1941-09-12
Movie Tomboy Pat Kelly 1940-04-20
Movie Anne of Windy Poplars Jen Pringle 1940-06-28
Movie The Old Swimmin' Hole Betty Elliott 1940-10-21
Movie Haunted House Millie Henshaw 1940-07-21
Movie The Flying Irishman Teenager 1939-04-07
Movie The Little Princess Lavinia 1939-03-17
Movie First Love Marcia Parker 1939-11-10
Movie Meet Dr. Christian Marilee 1939-11-17
Movie The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mary Sawyer 1938-02-11
Movie Mad About Music Olga 1938-02-27
Movie Barefoot Boy Pige Blaine 1938-08-03
Movie Mountain Justice Bethie Harkins 1937-04-24
Movie Two Wise Maids Geraldine 'Jerry ' Karns 1937-02-15
Movie The Life of Emile Zola Helen Richards 1937-10-02
Movie Heidi Klara Sesemann 1937-10-15
Movie Lady Behave! Patricia Cormack 1937-12-22
Movie These Three Rosalie Wells 1936-03-18
Movie A Dog of Flanders Little Girl at Party 1935-03-22
Movie This Is the Life Child 1935-10-07
Movie Imitation of Life Peola's Frontrow Classmate (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie Employees' Entrance Flower Girl at Wedding (uncredited) 1933-02-11
Movie Doctor Bull Ruth 1933-09-22
Movie Mush and Milk 1933-05-27
Movie Birthday Blues Girl with Whistle 1932-11-12
Movie Night Nurse Nanny Ritchey (uncredited) 1931-07-16
Movie The Champ Mary Lou Carleton 1931-11-21
Movie The Bishop Murder Case Hungry Child in Park (uncredited) 1930-01-03
Movie King of Jazz Child ('Bridal Veil') (uncredited) 1930-04-20