Marie Wilson (American actress)

Marie Wilson Born Katherine Elisabeth Wilson
August 19, 1916(1916-08-19)
Anaheim, California, U.S. Died November 23, 1972 (aged 56)
Hollywood, California, U.S. Years active 1934–1972 Spouse Robert Fallon (1951-1972) (her death)
Allan Nixon (1942-1950) (divorced)
Nick Grinde (? - ?) (divorced)


Marie Wilson featured on the cover of My Friend Irma #5 (October 1950)Katherine Elisabeth Wilson (August 19, 1916–November 23, 1972), better known by her stage name, Marie Wilson, was an American radio, film, and television actress.

Born in Anaheim, California, Wilson began her career in New York City as a dancer on the Broadway stage. She gained national prominence with My Friend Irma on radio, television and film and played the quintessential dumb blonde, appearing in numerous comedies and in Ken Murray’s famous Hollywood “Blackouts”. During World War II, she was a volunteer performer at the Hollywood Canteen. She was also a popular wartime pin-up.

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Wilson’s performance in Satan Met A Lady, the second film adaptation of the detective novel The Maltese Falcon, is a virtual template for Marilyn Monroe‘s later onscreen persona. Wilson appeared in more than forty films and was a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show on four occasions. She was a television performer during the 1960s, working up until her untimely death.Wilson’s talents have been recognized with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for radio at 6301 Hollywood Blvd., for television at 6765 Hollywood Blvd., and for movies at 6601 Hollywood Boulevard.

Wilson married four times: Nick Grinde (early 1930s), LA golf pro Bob Stevens (1938-39), Allan Nixon (1942-50) and Robert Fallon (1951-72).She died of cancer in 1972 at age 56. She was interred in the Columbarium of Remembrance at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

Features:

  • Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)
  • Babes in Toyland (1934)
  • Ladies Crave Excitement (1935)
  • The Girl Friend (1935)
  • Stars Over Broadway (1935)
  • Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)
  • Broadway Hostess (1935)
  • Colleen (1936)
  • The Big Noise (1936)
  • Satan Met a Lady (1936)
  • China Clipper (1936)
  • King of Hockey (1936)
  • Melody for Two (1937)
  • Public Wedding (1937)
  • Over the Goal (1937)
  • The Great Garrick (1937)
  • The Invisible Menace (1938)
  • Fools for Scandal (1938)
  • Boy Meets Girl (1938)
  • Broadway Musketeers (1938)
  • Sweepstakes Winner (1939)
  • Should Husbands Work? (1939)
  • Cowboy Quarterback (1939)
  • Virginia (1941)
  • Rookies on Parade (1941)
  • Flying Blind (1941)
  • Harvard, Here I Come! (1941)
  • Broadway (1942)
  • She’s in the Army (1942)
  • You Can’t Ration Love (1944)
  • Shine On Harvest Moon (1944)
  • Music for Millions (1944)
  • Young Widow (1946)
  • No Leave, No Love (1946)
  • The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)
  • The Fabulous Joe (1947)
  • Linda Be Good (1947)
  • My Friend Irma (1949)
  • My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
  • Never Wave at a WAC (1952)
  • A Girl in Every Port (1952)
  • Marry Me Again (1953)
  • The Story of Mankind (1957)
  • Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

Short subjects:

  • My Gal Sally (1935)
  • Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
  • For Auld Lang Syne #3 (1938)
  • Vitaphone Pictorial Revue No. 12 (1938)
  • Screen Snapshots: The Great Showman (1950)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade (1954)

  • My Friend Irma (1952-54)
  • Ernestine (1962) (unsold pilot)
  • Where’s Huddles? (1970) (voice) (canceled after ten episodes)

  • Tranberg, Charles. Not So Dumb: The Life and Career of Marie Wilson. Albany: BearManor Media, 2007. ISBN 1-59393-049-6

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