Mari Aldon

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Mari Aldon (Aldona Pauliutė)
Mari Aldon and Richard Webb.jpg
Mari Aldon with Richard Webb in 1951
Aldona Pauliutė

(1925-11-17)November 17, 1925
Tauragė, Lithuania
DiedOctober 31, 2004 (2004-11-01) (aged 78)
Years active1946–1968
Spouse(s)Tay Garnett (1953-1977) (his death) (1 child)
ChildrenTiela (b. 1955)[1]

Mari Aldon (November 17, 1925 – October 31, 2004; real name Aldona Pauliutė) was a Lithuanian American actress.

Aldon was born in Tauragė, Lithuania. When she was three years old, her parents moved to Toronto[2] where she attended Givens Public School and Central High School.[3] She studied ballet, drama, piano, and singing. Before she began working in films, she acted for 11 months in a road company of A Streetcar Named Desire[4] and danced with the Canadian Ballet. She also appeared on radio with Alan Young and on The Great Gildersleeve.[3]

After making her screen debut in a minor role in The Locket (1946) she gradually evolved to playing supporting or lead roles. Her most notable performance was starring opposite Gary Cooper in the 1951 Western Distant Drums. By the mid-1950s she was appearing either in B Pictures like the British thriller Mask of Dust (1954) or in supporting roles in more expensive films such as David Lean's Summertime (1955). After this point she worked largely in television.

She was the wife of film director Tay Garnett.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1946 The Locket Mary Uncredited
1947 Forever Amber Bess Scenes deleted
1948 A Woman's Vengeance Girl Uncredited
1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Mrs. Daniels Uncredited
1951 Tomorrow Is Another Day Dance Hall Hostess Uncredited
1951 The Tanks Are Coming' Patricia Kane
1951 Distant Drums Judy Beckett
1952 This Woman Is Dangerous Ann Jackson
1953 Tangier Incident Millicent
1954 The Barefoot Contessa Myrna
1954 Mask of Dust Patricia Wells
1955 Summertime Phyl Yaeger
1968 Live a Little, Love a Little Minor Role Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ "Mari Aldon - The Private Life and Times of Mari Aldon. Mari Aldon Pictures".
  2. ^ Jancevičius, Alvidas. "Mari Aldon – Holivudo gražuolė iš Žemaitijos". (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  3. ^ a b "Mari Aldon Was Dragged Off Stage By Father". The Ottawa Citizen. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. May 19, 1951. p. 41. Retrieved October 9, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Padgitt, James (April 11, 1951). "2 Weeks Ago She Sought Bit Job, Now Mari Aldon Is Leading Lady". Press and Sun-Bulletin. New York, Binghamton. International News Service. p. 44. Retrieved October 8, 2019 – via
  5. ^ Aaker p.85


  • Aaker, Everett. George Raft: The Films. McFarland, 2013.

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