Chapman in 1953.
March 9, 1918|
Chatham, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 31, 1999
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||G. Bentley Ryan (1948-1950) (divorced)
Richard Bremerkamp (1964-1972) (divorced)
Marguerite Chapman (March 9, 1918 — August 31, 1999) was an American actress.
Born in Chatham, New York, she was working as a telephone switchboard operator in White Plains, New York when her good looks brought about the opportunity to pursue a career in modeling. Signed by the prestigious John Robert Powers Agency in New York City, the publicity she earned modeling brought an offer from 20th Century Fox film studios in Hollywood.
She made her film debut in 1940, working for the next two years in small roles. In 1942, her big break came with Republic Pictures when she was cast in the leading female role in the twelve-part adventure film serial Spy Smasher, a production that is considered by many as one of the best serials ever made. As a result, Chapman soon began receiving offers for more leading roles and appeared opposite important stars such as Edward G. Robinson and George Sanders. With America's entry in World War II, she entertained the troops, worked for the War bond drive and at the Hollywood Canteen. She also starred in the famous pro-Soviet war film Counter-Attack, released in 1945.
During the 1950s Chapman continued to perform mostly in secondary film roles, notably in Marilyn Monroe's 1955 hit The Seven Year Itch. However, with the advent of television she kept busy into the early 1960s with guest appearances in a number different shows including Rawhide, Perry Mason, and Four Star Playhouse.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Marguerite Chapman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6290 Hollywood Blvd.
- Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
- Submarine Raider (1942)
- Spy Smasher (1942 serial)
- Destroyer (1943)
- Appointment in Berlin (1943)
- Counter-Attack (1945)
- Pardon My Past (1945)
- Coroner Creek (1948)
- Flight to Mars (1951)
- The Last Page (1952)
- Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
- The Seven Year Itch (1955)
- The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)
- Marguerite Chapman at the Internet Movie Database
- Photographs and literature
- Photos of Marguerite Chapman in 1940's films by Ned Scott