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Marion Martin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marion Martin (born Marion Suplee, June 7, 1909 – August 13, 1985) was an American movie and stage actress. Martin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a Bethlehem Steel executive. She became an actress after her family fortune was lost in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and appeared in the Broadway productions Lombardi Ltd. and Sweet Adeline. She made her film debut in She's My Lillie, I'm Her Willie and subsequently played minor roles, often as showgirls. Several of her early roles were in musicals and she achieved some success as a singer. By the end of the decade she had played leading female roles in several "B" pictures, playing one of her most notable roles in James Whale's Sinners in Paradise (1938). Despite her success she was often cast in minor roles in more widely seen films such as His Girl Friday (1940). The majority of her roles were in comedies but she also appeared in dramas such as Boom Town (1940) in which she played a dance hall singer who is briefly romanced by Clark Gable. She played secondary roles in three Lupe Vélez "Mexican Spitfire" films in the early 1940s, and was a comic foil for the Marx Brothers in The Big Store, where the back of her skirt is cut away by Harpo. She played a ghost in Gildersleeve's Ghost, and was the subject of a legendary fistfight between Gildersleeve star Harold Peary and Warner Bros studio mogul Bud Stevens at the Mocambo nightclub in 1943. Her more substantial roles included Alice Angel, a dizzy showgirl, in the murder mystery Lady of Burlesque with Barbara Stanwyck and Angel on My Shoulder. She also appeared in The Big Street with Lucille Ball, in the western The Woman of the Town with Claire Trevor and in The Great Mike at PRC in 1944. By the late 1940s, her roles were often minor. Three Stooges fans will remember her as western cowgirl Gladys in Merry Mavericks. She played "Belle Farnol" in a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger entitled "Pardon for Curley". Shortly afterward, she made her final film appearance in 1952. Married to a physicist, Martin retired, and although she expressed the desire to return to show business, suitable roles were not offered to her. She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to motion pictures, at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard. She died in 1985 in Santa Monica, California, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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Jun 7, 1908 In Philadelphia, PA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Crime without Passion 1934-08-30
Latest Project:
Movie Oklahoma Annie 1952-03-24
Known For
Poster of Merry Mavericks
Poster of Cinderella Jones
Poster of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
Poster of The Phantom Speaks
Movie Oklahoma Annie LaBelle La Tour 1952-03-24
Movie Merry Mavericks Gladys 1951-09-06
Movie Journey Into Light Diana (as Marian Martin) 1951-09-28
Movie Key to the City Emmy 1950-02-02
Movie Dakota Lil Blonde Singer 1950-02-17
Movie Oh, You Beautiful Doll Bar Blonde 1949-11-11
Movie Thunder in the Pines Pearl (as Marian Martin) 1948-11-11
Movie Lighthouse JoJo, the Blonde 1947-01-10
Movie Deadline for Murder Laura Gibson 1946-06-28
Movie Suspense Shooting Gallery Blond (uncredited) 1946-06-15
Movie Queen of Burlesque Lola Cassell 1946-07-24
Movie Cinderella Jones Burlesque Queen 1946-03-09
Movie Nobody Lives Forever Lou, Blonde (uncredited) 1946-11-01
Movie That Brennan Girl Marion, Natalie's Girl Friend (as Marian Martin) 1946-12-23
Movie Black Angel Millie 1946-08-02
Movie Angel on My Shoulder Mrs. Bentley 1946-09-20
Movie The Phantom Speaks Betty Hanzel 1945-05-10
Movie Penthouse Rhythm Irma King 1945-06-22
Movie Eadie Was a Lady Rose Allure 1945-01-24
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Miss Milbane 1945-10-05
Movie Gangs of the Waterfront Rita (as Marian Martin) 1945-07-03
Movie Girls of the Big House Dixie 1945-11-02
Movie On Stage Everybody Bubbles (uncredited) 1945-07-13
Movie It Happened Tomorrow Nurse (uncredited) 1944-03-31
Movie Gildersleeve's Ghost Terry Vance 1944-06-01
Movie Sweethearts of the U.S.A. Ghost of Josephine 1944-03-07
Movie The Merry Monahans Soubrette 1944-09-15
Movie The Mystery of the Riverboat Celeste Eltree [Chs. 1-4, 7] 1944-10-24
Movie Lady of Burlesque Alice Angel 1943-05-01
Movie They Got Me Covered Gloria 1943-03-04
Movie The Woman of the Town Daisy Davenport 1943-12-31
Movie Mexican Spitfire at Sea Fifi Russell 1942-03-13
Movie Wedded Blitz Mrs. Errol 1942-03-13
Movie Powder Town Sue, Blonde Piano Player 1942-06-07
Movie Fly-By-Night Nurse 1942-01-19
Movie Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Diana De Corro 1942-09-17
Movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn Myrtle 1942-12-31
Movie Tales of Manhattan 'Squirrel' Grey 1942-08-05
Movie The Big Street Mimi Venus 1942-08-13
Movie The Big Store Peggy Arden 1941-06-20
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Gertie 1941-04-11
Movie Tall, Dark and Handsome Dawn 1941-01-24
Movie Love at First Fright Liza Hatrack 1941-06-25
Movie Blonde Inspiration Wanda 1941-02-07
Movie Cracked Nuts Flashy Blonde in Corridor 1941-07-02
Movie Weekend for Three Mrs. Gloria Weatherby 1941-12-12
Movie The Mexican Spitfire's Baby Fifi 1941-11-28
Movie Lady Scarface Ruby / Mary Jordan 1941-09-26
Movie New Wine Mitzi 1941-09-10
Movie His Girl Friday Evangeline (uncredited) 1940-01-18
Movie Boom Town Whitey 1940-08-30
Movie Blondes and Blunders Blondie, Jewel Thief 1940-11-29
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Cornelia 1940-11-30
Movie Sergeant Madden Charlotte LePage 1939-03-24
Movie Invitation to Happiness Lola Snow 1939-06-07
Movie Invisible Stripes Blonde (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie The Man in the Iron Mask Mlle. de la Valliere 1939-07-13
Movie Cupid Takes a Holiday Annabelle Postal -1st Prospective Bride 1938-02-04
Movie The Miss They Missed Unknown 1938-01-29
Movie Sinners in Paradise Iris Compton 1938-05-19
Movie The Storm Jane 1938-10-28
Movie Youth Takes a Fling Girl on Beach 1938-09-22
Movie His Exciting Night Gypsy McCoy 1938-11-11
Movie Moon Over Manhattan Unknown 1935-02-15
Movie Crime without Passion Theater Cashier 1934-08-30