Marie Wilson (American actress)

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Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson 1954.JPG
Wilson in 1954
Born
Katherine Elizabeth Wilson

(1916-08-19)August 19, 1916
DiedNovember 23, 1972(1972-11-23) (aged 56)
OccupationActress
Years active1934–1972
Spouse(s)
  • Allan Nixon
    (m. 1942; div. 1950)
  • Robert Fallon
    (m. 1951; her death 1972)

Marie Wilson (born Katherine Elizabeth Wilson; August 19, 1916 – November 23, 1972) was an American radio, film, and television actress. She may be best remembered as the title character in My Friend Irma.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Anaheim, California on August 19, 1916. Her nickname at Anaheim High School was Maybelle.[1] Wilson graduated from high school in 1933.[1]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

Although Wilson was afraid of the microphone used in radio,[2] she played scatterbrained Irma Peterson in the radio comedy My Friend Irma from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954.[3]

Film[edit]

Wilson began her career in Hollywood in the 1934 film Down to Their Last Yacht as a ship passenger.[4] and then appeared in Babes in Toyland as [Mary Quite Contrary.[5] [6] Wilson appeared in Ladies Crave Excitement (1935),[7] The Girl Friend (1935),[8] Stars Over Broadway (1935),[9] Miss Pacific Fleet (1935),[10] The Big Noise (1936),[11][12] Melody for Two (1937),[13] Boy Meets Girl (1938),[14][15] Sweepstakes Winner (1939),[16] Virginia (1941),[17] She's in the Army (1942),[18][19][20] You Can't Ration Love (1944),[21] Young Widow (1946),[22] and Never Wave at a WAC (1952).[23]

In 1936, she played Miss Murgatroyd in Satan Met a Lady, [24] a loose adaptation of the 1929 novel The Maltese Falcon1 by Dashiell Hammett.[25] She was in The Great Garrick as Nicolle in 1937.[26] Wilson was in Fools for Scandal as Myrtle in 1938.[27] She was in Waterfront in 1939 as Ruby Waters.[28]

In 1949, she played Irma Peterson in the film My Friend Irma, [29] reprising her role from the radio series. In 1950, she again played Irma in My Friend Irma Goes West.[29] In 1952, she played Jane Sweet in A Girl in Every Port, [30] based on the short story They Sell Sailors Elephants by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan.[31] In 1957, she played Marie Antoinette in The Story of Mankind, loosely based on the nonfiction book The Story of Mankind (1921) by Hendrik Willem van Loon.[32] Wilson's last film was 1962's Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, [33] based on the novel by Edward Streeter.[34]

Wilson also had roles in short films, including Bum Voyage (1934)[35] Slide, Nellie, Slide (1936),[36] Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 6) (1938),[37] and Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 12).[37]

Television[edit]

Wilson first appeared on television in the series My Friend Irma from 1952 to 1954. She was in two episodes of Burke's Law. Wilson was in the short-lived television series Where's Huddles?. Her last role was in 1972 as Margaret Cooperman in Love, American Style. Wilson was a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show on four occasions.

Walk of Fame[edit]

Wilson's talents have been recognized with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:[1] for radio at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard, for television at 6765 Hollywood Boulevard and for movies at 6601 Hollywood Boulevard.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson was married to actor Allan Nixon from 1942 through 1950.[39] Her 1951 marriage to actor Robert Fallon lasted until her death from cancer at age 56.[2] Wilson was interred in the Columbarium of Remembrance at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.[40]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1934 Down to Their Last Yacht Ship Passenger
  • Romantic comedy and musical film directed by Paul Sloane[4]
  • Uncredited
Babes in Toyland Mary Quite Contrary
1935 Ladies Crave Excitement Girl
The Girl Friend Girl Musical film directed by Edward Buzzell[8]
Stars Over Broadway Molly Musical film directed by William Keighley[9]
Miss Pacific Fleet Virginia 'Vergie' Matthews Comedy film directed by Ray Enright[10]
Broadway Hostess Dorothy Romantic comedy musical film directed by Frank McDonald[41]
1936 Colleen Mabel Romantic and musical film directed by Alfred E. Green[42]
The Big Noise Daisy Comedy and crime film directed by Frank McDonald[11][12]
Satan Met a Lady Miss Murgatroyd
China Clipper Sunny Avery Drama film directed by Ray Enright[44]
King of Hockey Elsie Drama film directed by Noel M. Smith[45]
1937 Melody for Two Camille Casey Musical film directed by Louis King[13][46]
Public Wedding Tessie Comedy film directed by Nick Grinde[47]
Over the Goal Co-ed
  • Comedy film directed by Noel M. Smith[48]
  • Uncredited
The Great Garrick Nicolle
1938 The Invisible Menace Sally Mystery film directed by John Farrow[50]
Fools for Scandal Myrtle
Boy Meets Girl[14] Susie Screwball comedy directed by Lloyd Bacon.[15]
Broadway Musketeers Miss Connie Todd Drama film directed by John Farrow[53]
1939 Sweepstakes Winner Jennie Jones Comedy film directed by William C. McGann[16]
Waterfront Ruby Waters
Should Husbands Work? Myrtle Comedy film directed by Gus Meins[59]
The Cowboy Quarterback Maizie Williams Comedy film directed by Noel M. Smith[60][61]
1941 Virginia Connie Potter Drama film directed by Edward H. Griffith[17]
Rookies on Parade Kitty Mulloy Musical-comedy film directed by Joseph Santley[62]
Flying Blind Veronica Gimble Action-comedy film directed by Frank McDonald[63]
Harvard, Here I Come! Zella Phipps Comedy film directed by Lew Landers[64]
1942 Broadway Grace Crime-drama musical film directed by William A. Seiter[65]
She's in the Army[19][20] Susan Slatterty Comedy-drama film directed by Jean Yarbrough[18]
1944 You Can't Ration Love Bubbles Keenan Comedy film directed by Lester Fuller[21]
Shine on Harvest Moon Margie Musical-biographical film of the vaudeville team of Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth directed by David Butler[66]
Music for Millions Marie Musical-comedy film directed by Henry Koster[67]
1946 Young Widow 'Mac' McCallister Drama film directed by Edwin L. Marin[22]
No Leave, No Love Rosalind Musical film directed by Charles Martin[68]
1947 The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Rachel Michot Drama film directed by Albert Lewin[69]
The Fabulous Joe Gorgeous Gilmore Comedy film directed by Harve Foster[70]
Linda, Be Good[20] Margie LaVitte Comedy film directed by Frank McDonald[71]
1949 My Friend Irma[72][73] Irma Peterson
1950 My Friend Irma Goes West[72]
1952 Never Wave at a WAC Clara Schneiderman / Danger O'Dowd Comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod[23]
A Girl in Every Port Jane Sweet
1953 I Was a Burlesque Queen Margie LaVitte
Marry Me Again Doris Comedy film written and directed by Frank Tashlin[76]
1957 The Story of Mankind Marie Antoinette
1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Mrs. Turner

Film shorts/documentaries[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1934 Bum Voyage Ship's Passenger at Party Directed by Nick Grinde[35]
1935 My Girl Sally Leading actress Directed by Alfred J. Goulding[78]
1936 Slide, Nellie, Slide[36] Nellie, the Softball Player Directed by Ralph Staub
1938 Swingtime in the Movies Herself Directed by written by Crane Wilbur[79]
For Auld Lang Syne #3 Herself Documentary
Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 6)[37] Herself Directed by Willard Du Brul, Clem McCarthy, and I. Miller[80]
Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 12)[37] Herself Directed by Lloyd French
1950 Screen Snapshots: The Great Showman Herself Directed by Ralph Staub[81]
1954 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade Herself Written and directed by Ralph Staub[81]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1952-1954 My Friend Irma Irma Peterson Contract role
1962 The Comedy Spot[82] Ernestine Episode: "The Soft Touch"
Ernestine Ernestine McDougal[83] Made-for-TV-movie directed by Sidney Salkow[2][84]
1963 Empire Guest Episode: "Hidden Asset" (S 1:Ep 26)
1964 Burke's Law Chuchi Smith Episode: "Who Killed Marty Kelso?" (S 1:Ep 22)
My Son, the Witch Doctor Leading actress Made-for-TV-movie[85]
1965 Burke's Law Ramona Specks Episode: "Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings?"( S2:Ep 20)
1968 Mr. Blackwell Presents[86] Herself[87] Directed by William Edwards and William Stierwalt
1969 Jack Cassidy's St. Patrick's Day TV Special[88] Singer Directed by William Rainbolt
1970 Where's Huddles? Penny McCoy Contract role
1972 Love, American Style Margaret Cooperman Episode: "Love and the Girlish Groom / Love and the New You / Love and the Oldlyweds / Love and the Wishing Star" (S 4:Ep 4)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1929.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Anaheim High School Alumni Association (January 26, 2016). "Katherine Elizabeth "Maybelle" Wilson - a.k.a. Marie Wilson - Class of 1933". Anaheim High School. Anaheim, California: Anaheim Union High School District. Archived from the original on September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Tranberg, Charles (1970). Not So Dumb: The Life and Career of Marie Wilson. Albany, New York: BearManor Medi. ISBN 978-1593930493.
  3. ^ Dunning 1998, pp. 472-473.
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  5. ^ a b "Babes in Toyland". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Brown 2016, p. 128.
  7. ^ a b "Ladies Crave Excitement". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "The Girl Friend". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Stars Over Broadway". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Miss Pacific Fleet". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "The Big Noise". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Hischak 2015, p. 560.
  13. ^ a b "Melody for Two". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  14. ^ a b Maltin 2008, p. 168.
  15. ^ a b "Boy Meets Girl". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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  18. ^ a b "She's in the Army". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Curley & Wetta 1992, p. 146.
  20. ^ a b c 2003, p. 792.
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  22. ^ a b "Young Widow". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Never Wave at a WAC". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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  27. ^ a b "Fools for Scandal". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  28. ^ a b "Waterfront". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  29. ^ a b c d "My Friend Irma". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  30. ^ a b "A Girl in Every Port". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  31. ^ a b Coniam, p. 63.
  32. ^ a b van Loon, Hendrik Willem (2006). The Story of Mankind (Reissue ed.). New York City: Cosimo Classics. ISBN 978-1596059566.
  33. ^ a b "Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  34. ^ a b Streeter, Edward (1954). Mr. Hobbs' Vacation. Harper & Brothers. OCLC 1391704.
  35. ^ a b "Bum Voyage". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  36. ^ a b Liebman 2010, p. 246.
  37. ^ a b c d Liebman 2010, p. 153.
  38. ^ Los Angeles Times Staff (November 23, 1972). "Marie Wilson on the Hollywood Star Walk". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Tronc, Inc. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  39. ^ Los Angeles Times Staff 1950, p. 3.
  40. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries
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  42. ^ "Colleen". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  43. ^ "The Maltese Falcon 1931". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  44. ^ "China Clipper". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  45. ^ "King of Hockey". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  46. ^ Pool 2008, p. 79.
  47. ^ "Public Wedding". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  48. ^ "Over the Goal". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  49. ^ Goble 1999, p. 471.
  50. ^ "The Invisible Menace". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  51. ^ Miller, Frank. "Fools for Scandal". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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  53. ^ "Broadway Musketeers". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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  55. ^ Goble 1999, p. 532.
  56. ^ Yogerst 2016, p. 48.
  57. ^ The American Film Institute 1997, p. 1114.
  58. ^ Aaker 2013, p. 20.
  59. ^ "Should Husbands Work?". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  60. ^ "The Cowboy Quarterback". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  61. ^ Tibbetts & Welsh 2010, p. 55.
  62. ^ "Rookies on Parade". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  63. ^ "Flying Blind!". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  64. ^ "Harvard, Here I Come!". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  65. ^ "Broadway". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  66. ^ "Shine On Harvest Moon". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  67. ^ "Music for Millions". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  68. ^ "No Leave, No Love". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  69. ^ "The Private Affairs of Bel Ami". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  70. ^ "The Fabulous Joe". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  71. ^ "Linda, Be Good". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  72. ^ a b Sterling & O'Dell 2009, p. 292.
  73. ^ Sterling 2003, p. 959.
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  87. ^ Pittsburgh Press Staff 1968, p. 82.
  88. ^ Terrace 2013, p. 203.

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