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August 9, 1907|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Died||December 22, 1993
Laguna Niguel, California, USA
|Years active||1931 – 1961|
Kane Richmond (1934-1973) (his death) 2 children
Marion Burns (August 9, 1907 – December 22, 1993) was an American film actress of the 1930s. She is best known for having starred opposite John Wayne in the 1935 film The Dawn Rider and opposite him again that same year in Paradise Canyon.
Burns was born in Los Angeles, California, making her way to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. She received her first film role in 1931, starring opposite Bill Cody in Oklahoma Jim. That film started her on the path of starring in western films as a heroine. In 1932 she starred opposite George O'Brien in The Golden West, followed by Me and My Gal that same year. 1934 and 1935 would be her biggest years, with her appearing in six films, three each year, two of which were uncredited, and the most notable being the two John Wayne films. Her first film in 1934 was The Devil Tiger.
In The Devil Tiger, Director Clyde E. Elliott allowed his hero, Kane Richmond, to fight a 25 foot python. Richmond hated doubles and had insisted. The actor, on his feet, on the ground, on his feet again, succeeded in holding the snake's snapping mouth away from his face, while struggling to free himself from the triple coils around his body. At the height of the struggle, the heroine, Marion Burns, runs in and saves the hero from the python. Miss Burns had to fight the snake too, in order to get at Richmond's pistol, with which she was supposed to shoot the python. She played her own scene, as well.
In the 1934 film Born to Be Bad Burns starred alongside Cary Grant and Loretta Young. In her last film of 1935 she starred opposite Lloyd Hughes in the crime drama Rip Roaring Riley. It would be her last film for a span of ten years. She married twice during her career. Her first marriage was to actor Bruce MacFarlane which ended in divorce. Her second marriage was in 1934 to actor Kane Richmond, She returned to acting three times and only briefly following 1935.The first time was in a stage appearance in "Leaning on Letty" in January 1936 at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. The second time was in 1945 alongside her husband in Brenda Starr, Reporter, which starred Kane Richmond and Joan Woodbury. The third time wasn't until 1961 when she appeared on one episode of the television series My Three Sons. She eventually settled in Laguna Niguel, California, where she was living at the time of her death on December 22, 1993.