Marian Nixon

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Marian Nixon
Marian Nixon Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Born Marian Nissinen
(1904-10-20)October 20, 1904
Superior, Wisconsin, USA
Died February 13, 1983(1983-02-13) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other names Marion Nixon
Occupation Actress, vaudevillian, dancer
Years active 1922–1936
Spouse(s) Joseph Benjamin
(m.1925–1927; divorced)
Edward Hillman, Jr.
(m.1929–1933; divorced)
William A. Seiter
(m.1934–1964; his death) 1 son
Ben Lyon
(m.1974–1979; his death)
Relatives Richard Lyon (stepson)
Barbara Lyon (stepdaughter)

Marian Nixon (October 20, 1904 – February 13, 1983) was an American film actress.


Born Marian Nissinen in Superior, Wisconsin, Nixon began her career as a teen working as a chorus dancer on the vaudeville circuit. She began appearing in bit part in films in 1922 and landed her first substantial role in the 1923 film Cupid's Fireman, opposite Buck Jones. The following year, she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star.[1] Nixon continued to work steadily throughout the mid to late 1920s appearing in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925), Hands Up! (1926), and The Chinese Parrot (1927). In 1929, she made her talkie debut as the lead in Geraldine. Later that same year, Nixon appeared opposite Al Jolson in Say It with Songs followed by General Crack in 1930.

In 1932, she starred as Rebecca in the film adaption of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm with Ralph Bellamy. Following the release of Rebecca, Nixon co-starred in Winner Take All with James Cagney. The next year she had a supporting role in John Ford's Pilgrimage. In 1934, Nixon attempted to change her wholesome image with a role in the comedy We’re Rich Again. The film wasn't a success and after appearing in eight more films, Nixon retired from acting in 1936. She made her last film, Captain Calamity at the age of 32.

Personal life and death[edit]

On August 11, 1929, Nixon married Chicago department store heir, Edward Hillman, Jr., at the home of his parents. The couple divorced in 1933. The following year, she married her We’re Rich Again director, William A. Seiter. The marriage lasted until Seiter's death in 1964. They had three children, including Christopher Seiter (1934-2003). In 1974, married actor/producer Ben Lyon. After Lyon's death in 1979, Nixon never remarried. Nixon died of complications following open heart surgery on February 13, 1983.[2] and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Marian Nixon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street in Los Angeles, California. Her grandsons are the screenwriters Ted Griffin and Nicholas Griffin.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1923 Rosita Undetermined Bit Role Uncredited
Big Dan Dora Allen
1924 The Circus Cowboy Bird Taylor
The Last of the Duanes Ruth
1925 Let 'er Buck Jacqueline McCall Credited as Marion Nixon
Where Was I? Alicia Stone
The Sporting Life Nora Cavanaugh Lost film
1926 Hands Up! Mae extant
Devil's Island Rose Marie extant
Spangles Spangles Delancy extant
1927 Taxi! Taxi! Rose Zimmerman lost
The Auctioneer Ruth Levi lost
1928 The Fourflusher June Allen lost
Out of the Ruins Yvonne Gilbert Lost film
Jazz Mad Elsa Hausmann extant; Library of Congress
1929 Rainbow Man Mary Lane extant; Library of Congress
Young Nowheres Annie Jackson lost
1930 Scarlet Pages Nora Mason
Ex-Flame Lady Catherine lost
The Lash Dona Dolores Delfino
1931 Sweepstakes Babe Ellis
Women Go on Forever Betty
1932 Charlie Chan's Chance Shirley Marlowe
After Tomorrow Sidney Taylor
Amateur Daddy Sally Smith
1933 Best of Enemies Lena Schneider
Chance at Heaven Glory Franklyn Credited as Marion Nixon
1934 Strictly Dynamite Sylvia Montgomery
We're Rich Again Arabella Sykes
Embarrassing Moments Jane
1935 Sweepstakes Annie Annie Foster Alternative title: Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
1936 Tango Treasure McGuire
Captain Calamity Madge Lewis


  1. ^ Lowe, Denise (2004). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895-1930. Haworth Press. p. 404. ISBN 0-7890-1842-X. 
  2. ^ Lamparski, Richard (1989). Whatever Became Of ...? All New Eleventh Series. Crown Publishers. p. 135. ISBN 0-517-57150-1. 
  3. ^ Marian Nixon, Finnish Hollywood,

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