Marilyn Maxwell

Marilyn Maxwell

from the trailer for
High Barbaree (1947) Born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell
August 3, 1921(1921-08-03)
Clarinda, Iowa, U.S. Died March 20, 1972 (aged 50)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S. Years active 1942–1971 Spouse(s) John Conte (1944–1946)
Anders (Andy) McIntyre (1949–1950)
Jerry Davis (1954–1960)

Marilyn Maxwell (August 3, 1921 – March 20, 1972), born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell, was an American actress and entertainer.Noted for her blonde hair and sexy persona she appeared in several films and radio programs, and entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean War on USO tours with Bob Hope.


She started her professional entertaining career as a radio singer while still a teenager before signing with MGM in 1942 as a contract player. Among the programs in which she appeared was The Abbott and Costello Show. The head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer, insisted she change the “Marvel” part of her real name. She dropped her first name and kept the middle. Some of her film roles included Lost in a Harem (1944), Champion (1949), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958).In the 1961-1962 television season, Maxwell played Grace Sherwood, owner of the diner on ABC‘s 26-episode Bus Stop, a drama about travelers passing through the fictitious town of Sunrise, Colorado.

In 1972, Maxwell’s 15-year-old son arrived home from school and found her dead at the age of fifty of an apparent heart attack, after she had been treated for hypertension and pulmonary disease. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Jack Benny were honorary pallbearers at her funeral.[1]

  • Stand by for Action (1942)
  • Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
  • Dr. Gillespie’s Criminal Case (1943)
  • Salute to the Marines (1943)
  • DuBarry Was a Lady (1943)
  • Thousands Cheer (1943)
  • Swing Fever (1943)
  • Three Men in White (1944)
  • Lost in a Harem (1944)
  • Between Two Women (1945)
  • Ziegfeld Follies (1946) (scenes deleted)
  • The Show-Off (1946)
  • High Barbaree (1947)
  • Summer Holiday (1948)
  • Race Street (1948)
  • Champion (1949)
  • Key to the City (1950)
  • Outside the Wall (1950)
  • The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
  • New Mexico (1951)
  • Off Limits (1953)
  • East of Sumatra (1953)
  • Paris Model (1953)
  • New York Confidential (1955)
  • Forever, Darling (1956)
  • Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)
  • Critic’s Choice (1963)
  • Stage to Thunder Rock (1964)
  • The Lively Set (1964)
  • Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)
  • From Nashville with Music (1969)
  • The Phynx (1970)

  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat (1950)
  • Brooklyn Goes to Las Vegas (1956)

  • ^ “Marilyn Maxwell Obituary”. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
    • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9


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