Merna Kennedy

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Merna Kennedy
Born Maude Kahler
(1908-09-07)September 7, 1908
Kankakee, Illinois
Died December 20, 1944(1944-12-20) (aged 36)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1928-1934
Spouse(s) Forrest Brayton
Busby Berkeley (1934-1935; divorced)

Merna Kennedy (September 7, 1908 - December 20, 1944) was an American actress of the late silent era and the transitional period into talkies.

Short career[edit]

Kennedy (born as Maude Kahler) was best known during her brief career for her role opposite Charlie Chaplin in the silent film The Circus (1928).

Kennedy was brought to the attention of Chaplin by her friend Lita Grey, who became Chaplin's second wife in 1924. A dancer, she had muscular legs which helped her gain the role of the circus bareback rider. Kennedy continued acting after The Circus, starring in early sound films, but retired in 1934, when she married choreographer/director Busby Berkeley. Their marriage broke up a year later, and Kennedy died of a heart attack in 1944, aged 36.

Filmography[edit]

Silent Films[edit]

Talkies[edit]

  • 1930 The Rampant Age
  • 1930 Embarrassing Moments
  • 1930 The King of Jazz
  • 1930 Worldly Goods
  • 1930 The Midnight Special
  • 1931 Stepping Out
  • 1932 The Gay Buckaroo
  • 1932 Lady with a Past
  • 1932 Ghost Valley
  • 1932 Come On, Tarzan
  • 1932 The All-American
  • 1932 The Red-Haired Alibi
  • 1932 I Like It That Way
  • 1933 Laughter in Hell
  • 1933 Emergency Call
  • 1933 Easy Millions
  • 1933 Don't Bet on Love
  • 1933 I Love That Man (scenes deleted)
  • 1933 Arizona to Broadway
  • 1933 Police Call
  • 1933 The Big Chance
  • 1933 Son of a Sailor
  • 1934 Wonder Bar
  • 1934 Jimmy the Gent

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