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
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Died November 23, 1972(1972-11-23) (aged 56)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1972
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 high school in 1933. At age 16, she soon moved her family of nine – including her mother, sister, grandfather, step-father and his four children to Hollywood after she inherited $11,000.[1]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

She played scatterbrained Irma Peterson in the radio situation comedy My Friend Irma for the Columbia network from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954.[2] With the success of My Friend Irma, she would star in films.[3]

Film[edit]

Wilson began her career in Hollywood in the 1934 film Down to Their Last Yacht as a ship passenger although uncredited.[4] She was in Babes in Toyland as Mary Quite Contrary also in 1934.[5] Babes in Toyland was based on Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland.[6] Wilson would appear 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] Satan Met a Lady is based on the Pre-Code, under its original title directed by Roy Del Ruth.[26] She was in The Great Garrick as Nicolle in 1937.[27] The Great Garrick was based on the play Ladies and Gentlemen by Ernest Vajda.[28] Wilson was in Fools for Scandal as Myrtle in 1938.[29] Fools for Scandal is based on the unproduced[30] 1936 play Return Engagement by Nancy Hamilton, James Shute, and Rosemary Casey.[31] She was in Waterfront in 1939 as Ruby Waters.[32] Waterfront is adapted from the play Blind Spot by Kenyon Nicholson.[33][34][35][36][37]

In 1949, she played Irma Peterson in the film My Friend Irma, [38] reprising her role from the radio series. In 1950, she again played Irma in My Friend Irma Goes West.[38] In 1952, she played Jane Sweet in A Girl in Every Port, [39] based on the short story They Sell Sailors Elephants by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan.[40] 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.[41] Wilson's last film was 1962's Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, [42] based on the novel by Edward Streeter.[43]

Wilson also had roles in short films. Some of them were Bum Voyage, (1934)[44] Slide, Nellie, Slide (1936),[45] Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 6) (1938),[46] and Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 12).[46]

Television[edit]

Wilson first appeared on television with the television 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 before she died 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.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson was afraid of the microphone used in radio.[3] She was married to actor Allan Nixon from 1942 until their divorce in 1950.[48] Her marriage to actor Robert Fallon, in 1951, lasted until her death from cancer at age 56.[3] Wilson was interred in the Columbarium of Remembrance at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.[49]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1934 Down to Their Last Yacht Ship Passenger
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.[50]
1936 Colleen Mabel Romanticmusical film directed by Alfred E. Green.[51]
The Big Noise Daisy Romantic–comedy crime film directed by Frank McDonald.[11][12]
Satan Met a Lady Miss Murgatroyd
China Clipper Sunny Avery Drama film directed by Ray Enright.[52]
King of Hockey Elsie Drama film directed by Noel M. Smith.[53]
1937 Melody for Two Camille Casey Musical film directed by Louis King.[13][54]
Public Wedding Tessie Comedy film directed by Nick Grinde.[55]
Over the Goal Co–ed
  • Comedy film directed by Noel M. Smith.[56]
  • Uncredited
The Great Garrick Nicolle
1938 The Invisible Menace Sally Mystery film directed by John Farrow.[57]
Fools for Scandal Myrtle
Boy Meets Girl[14] Susie Screwball comedy film directed by Lloyd Bacon.[15]
Broadway Musketeers Miss Connie Todd Drama film directed by John Farrow.[58]
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 Mmusical 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 Short–comedy film directed by Nick Grinde.[44]
1935 My Girl Sally Leading actress Short film directed by Alfred J. Goulding.[78]
1936 Slide, Nellie, Slide[45] Nellie, the Softball Player Short comedy–sports film directed by Ralph Staub.
1938 Swingtime in the Movies Herself Short comedy–musical film directed by written by Crane Wilbur.[79]
For Auld Lang Syne #3 Herself Documentary short–musical film
Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 6)[46] Herself Documentary–short film directed by Willard Du Brul, Clem McCarthy, and I. Miller.[80]
Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 12)[46] Herself Short film directed by Lloyd French.
1950 Screen Snapshots: The Great Showman Herself Short film written and directed by Ralph Staub.[81]
1954 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade Herself Documentary–short film written and directed by Ralph Staub.[81]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1952–54 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.[3][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] Made-for-TV-Movie–musical film 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]

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  2. ^ Dunning 1998, pp. 472–73.
  3. ^ a b c d Tranberg, Charles (1970). Not So Dumb: The Life and Career of Marie Wilson. Albany, New York: BearManor Medi. ISBN 978-1593930493. 
  4. ^ a b "Down to Their Last Yacht". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  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. 
  16. ^ a b "Sweepstakes Winner". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Virginia". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  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.
  21. ^ a b "You Can't Ration Love". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  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. 
  24. ^ a b "Satan Met a Lady". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  25. ^ a b Hammett, Dashiell (1992). The Maltese Falcon. New York City: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. ISBN 978-0679722649. 
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  27. ^ a b "The Great Garrick". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  28. ^ a b Goble 1999, p. 471.
  29. ^ a b "Fools for Scandal". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  30. ^ a b Miller, Frank. "Fools for Scandal". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  31. ^ a b Hamilton 2016, pp. 3, 13.
  32. ^ a b "Waterfront". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  33. ^ a b McCabe, John (1999). CAGNEY (1st ed.). New York City: Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN 978-0786705801. 
  34. ^ a b Goble 1999, p. 532.
  35. ^ a b Yogerst 2016, p. 48.
  36. ^ a b The American Film Institute 1997, p. 1114.
  37. ^ a b Aaker 2013, p. 20.
  38. ^ a b c d "My Friend Irma". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  39. ^ a b "A Girl in Every Port". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  40. ^ a b Coniam, p. 63.
  41. ^ a b van Loon, Hendrik Willem (2006). The Story of Mankind (Reissue ed.). New York City: Cosimo Classics. ISBN 978-1596059566. 
  42. ^ a b "Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  43. ^ a b Streeter, Edward (1954). Mr. Hobbs' Vacation. Harper & Brothers. OCLC 1391704. 
  44. ^ a b "Bum Voyage". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  45. ^ a b Liebman 2010, p. 246.
  46. ^ a b c d Liebman 2010, p. 153.
  47. ^ 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. 
  48. ^ Los Angeles Times Staff 1950, p. 3.
  49. ^ "Marie Wilson". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  50. ^ "Broadway Hostess". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  51. ^ "Colleen". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  52. ^ "China Clipper". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  53. ^ "King of Hockey". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  54. ^ Pool 2008, p. 79.
  55. ^ "Public Wedding". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  56. ^ "Over the Goal". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  57. ^ "The Invisible Menace". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  58. ^ "Broadway Musketeers". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  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. 
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  73. ^ Sterling 2003, p. 959.
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  77. ^ "The Story of Mankind". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
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  79. ^ "Swingtime in the Movies". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  80. ^ "Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2 No. 6)". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
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  85. ^ The Fresno Bee Staff 1964, p. 108.
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  87. ^ Pittsburgh Press Staff 1968, p. 82.
  88. ^ Terrace 2013, p. 203.

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