Marjorie Reynolds

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Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds in Ministry of Fear trailer.jpg
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;1933–78
Spouse(s) Jack Reynolds (1936–1952)
John Whitney (1953–1985)

Marjorie Reynolds (August 12, 1917 – February 1, 1997) was an American film actress. She appeared in more than 50 films.[1]

Born Marjorie Goodspeed, in Buhl, Idaho, as her parents made the cross-country trip from Maine to settle in California, she was featured as a child actress in silent films such as Scaramouche (1923). Her first speaking role was in Murder in Greenwich Village (1937).[2] She also appeared in bit parts in many A-pictures including Gone with the Wind (1939). She also co-starred with John Trent in several Tailspin Tommy movies like Mystery Plane and Danger Flight.

A stand-out role for Reynolds was as the waitress and loyal girlfriend opposite wrongly-accused Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled, 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. Her later films included Holiday Inn (1942), Fritz Lang's Ministry of Fear (1944) and Up in Mabel's Room (1944).[3]

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

Often featured in dramatic roles, in Holiday Inn, she showed her ability to dance, and she performed "White Christmas" both as a duet with Bing Crosby and later in a solo performance, although her singing was dubbed by Martha Mears.

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).

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.

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

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