Maxwell in 1961
Marvel Marilyn Maxwell|
August 3, 1921
Clarinda, Iowa, U.S.
March 20, 1972 (aged 50)|
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
John Conte (1944–46) |
Anders (Andy) McIntyre (1949–50)
Jerry Davis (1954–60)
Marvel Marilyn Maxwell (August 3, 1921 – March 20, 1972) was an American actress and entertainer. A sex symbol of the 1940s and 1950s, she appeared in several films and radio programs, and entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean War on USO tours with Bob Hope.
She started her professional entertaining career as a radio singer while still a teenager, before signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1942 as a contract player. Among the programs in which she appeared were Beat the Band and The Abbott and Costello Show. The head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer, insisted she change the "Marvel" part of her real name. She dropped her first name and kept the middle one. Some of her film roles included Lost in a Harem (1944), Champion (1949), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958). The song "Silver Bells" made its debut in The Lemon Drop Kid, sung by Maxwell and Hope.
In the 1961–62 television season, Maxwell played Grace Sherwood, owner of the diner on ABC's 26-episode Bus Stop, a drama about travelers passing through the fictitious town of Sunrise, Colorado. She left the series after 13 episodes, saying, "There was nothing for me to do but pour a second cup of coffee and point the way to the men's room."
Maxwell married three times; each ended in divorce. In September 1944, she married actor John Conte; the relationship was dissolved in June 1946. Her second marriage, to restaurateur Anders McIntyre, lasted just over a year, from January 1, 1950 until March 23, 1951. Maxwell's six-year marriage to writer/producer Jerry Davis ended in 1960. Her only child, Matthew, was born to Maxwell and Davis in 1956.
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On March 20, 1972, at age 50, Maxwell was found dead in her home by her 15-year-old son, who had arrived home from school. The cause was an apparent heart attack; she had been treated for hypertension and pulmonary disease. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Jack Benny were honorary pallbearers at her funeral.
- Stand by for Action (1942) - Audrey Carr
- Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) - Ruth Edly
- Salute to the Marines (1943) - Helen Bailey
- Thousands Cheer (1943) - Drug Store Clerk in Red Skelton Skit
- Swing Fever (1943) - Ginger Gray
- Three Men in White (1944) - Ruth Edley
- Lost in a Harem (1944) - Hazel Moon
- Between Two Women (1945) - Ruth Edley
- The Show-Off (1946) - Amy Fisher Piper
- High Barbaree (1947) - Diana Case
- Summer Holiday (1948) - Belle
- Race Street (1948) - Robbie Lawrence
- Champion (1949) - Grace
- Key to the City (1950) - Sheila
- Outside the Wall (1950) - Charlotte Maynard
- The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) - 'Brainey' Baxter
- New Mexico (1951) - Cherry
- Off Limits (1952) - Connie Curtis
- East of Sumatra (1953) - Lory Hale
- Paris Model (1953) - Marion Parmalee
- New York Confidential (1955) - Iris Palmer
- Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) - Carla Naples
- Critic's Choice (1963) - Ivy London
- Stage to Thunder Rock (1964) - Leah Parker
- The Lively Set (1964) - Marge Owens
- Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) - Molly
- From Nashville with Music (1969) - Mabel
- The Phynx (1970) - Herself
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat (1950) - Herself
- Brooklyn Goes to Las Vegas (1956) - Herself
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