Marjorie Reynolds

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Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds in Ministry of Fear trailer.jpg
Reynolds in Ministry of Fear (1944)
Born Marjorie Goodspeed
(1917-08-12)August 12, 1917
Buhl, Idaho, U.S.
Died February 1, 1997(1997-02-01) (aged 79)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1923–24
Spouse(s) Jack Reynolds (September 4, 1936 - May 14, 1952; divorced); 1 child
John Whitney (May 18, 1953 - May 4, 1985; his death)

Marjorie Reynolds (née Goodspeed; August 12, 1917 – February 1, 1997) was an American film and television actress, who appeared in more than 50 films.[1]

Reynolds was born in Buhl, Idaho. Her parents made the cross-country trip from Maine to settle in California. She was a featured child actress in such silent films as Scaramouche (1923). Her first speaking role was in Murder in Greenwich Village (1937).[2] She appeared in bit parts in numerous films including Gone with the Wind (1939).

Reynolds played the loyal girlfriend opposite wrongly accused Richard Cromwell in Enemy Agent (1940). That same year, in The Fatal Hour, Reynolds appeared for Monogram Pictures as a reporter on the trail of Boris Karloff's detective James Lee Wong, and opposite Grant Withers as a cop.

Perhaps her best-known film was Holiday Inn (1942), which introduced the classic song "White Christmas". She performed the song both as a duet with Bing Crosby and later in a solo performance, although her singing was dubbed by Martha Mears.[2] The movie also showcased her dancing ability.

She also had major roles in Fritz Lang's Ministry of Fear (1944) and in the movie Up in Mabel's Room (1944).[3]

Reynolds starred with Abbott and Costello in the supernatural comedy The Time of Their Lives (1946). Her career progression was hindered by the premature death of her mentor, Mark Sandrich. She was cast in a supporting role in Mario Lanza's film debut, That Midnight Kiss (1949 film).

She later appeared in the NBC version of the television series The Life of Riley[4] (1953–1958) and appeared on 3 episodes of the television series Leave it to Beaver (1960–1963).[2]


On February 1, 1997, having suffered from congestive heart disease, she collapsed and died in Manhattan Beach, California, while walking her dog. She was 79 years old.[2]

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[5]

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  1. ^ Profile,; accessed June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Marjorie Reynolds at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Up From Westerns!: LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD WITH HEDDA HOPPER", Chicago Daily Tribune, March 12, 1944, p. C4.
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  5. ^ Holly Walk of Fame website,; accessed June 23, 2014.

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