photograph from December 1921 Screenland
April 5, 1903|
|Died||July 21, 1951
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Other names||Maryon Aye|
|Occupation||Actress, Model, Vaudeville performer|
Early life and career
Born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of attorney James H. Aye, she began her career at Balboa Studios in Long Beach. She was later "discovered" by legendary moviemaker Mack Sennett, who made her one of his bathing beauties. She was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922. She was a capable dancer, a talent she exhibited in several films. Marion was Larry Semon's leading lady in The Hick and worked with Stan Laurel in The Weak-End Party. She also appeared in eighteen western shorts opposite Bob Reeves. When she signed a long-term film contract she became to first Hollywood star to agree to a morality clause. Her last role was in the 1926 comedy Irene, starring Colleen Moore, although she continued to work in vaudeville.
She married her first husband, Sherman William Plaskett, when she was a teenager. He died just seven months after their wedding when he contracted Spanish influenza. Her second husband was publicist Harry Wilson; they were married from 1920 until 1924. She married stage actor Ross Wilson Forrester on September 22, 1936.
Later years and death
Following retirement, she suffered isolation from the film industry, which had virtually forgotten her. In 1935 she attempted suicide by swallowing poison. She continued to suffer from depression and committed suicide in 1951 in Hollywood, California. On July 10, 1951, Aye was found in a "semi-conscious condition" after swallowing a handful of bi-chloride of mercury tablets in a motel room in Culver City, California. Her last words to her husband were: "I dropped one of the tablets on the floor and I'm afraid the dog will get it." She died eleven days later in a Los Angeles County Hospital. Her father reported that she was despondent after failing to get a part in a television play. Her third husband, comedian Ross Forrester, was distraught, stating that he thought his wife was only joking about taking her life. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
|1919||A Yankee Doodle In Berlin||Bathing Beauty||Uncredited|
|1921||The Hick||The Farmer's Daughter|
|The Vengeance Trail||Grace Winwood||Credited as Maryon Aye|
|1922||Streak of Yellow|
|No Man's Gold|
|Phantom of the Hills|
|West Meets East|
|His Brother's Blood|
|The Claim Jumpers|
|The Weak-End Party||Lily, the birthday girl|
|The Punctured Prince|
|1923||The Eternal Three||Maid||Credited as Maryon Aye|
|The Meanest Man in the World||Nellie Clarke||Credited as Maryon Aye|
|1924||The Last Man on Earth||Red Sal|
|The Roughneck||Marrat's Girl||Credited as Maryon Aye|
|1926||Irene||Helen Cheston||Credited as Maryon Aye|
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- "Marion Aye, Former Screen Star, Dies". Rome News-Tribune. Rome, Georgia. INS. July 22, 1951. p. 5. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
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