Marjie Millar

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Marjie Millar
Born Marjorie Joy Miller
(1931-08-10)August 10, 1931
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died April 16, 1966(1966-04-16) (aged 34)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress

Marjie Millar (August 10, 1931 – April 16, 1966), was an American television and film actress. She was born Marjorie Joy Miller to George W. and Eunice Miller in Tacoma, Washington. (Millar's father had changed his surname to "Miller", but she later returned to the original version.)

Early career and education[edit]

During World War II she was named "Sweetheart of the 41st Division" having performed more than 7,000 hours singing for soldiers at nearby Ft. Lewis.[1]

In 1946, she hosted a variety show for patients at Madigan Army Hospital at Ft. Lewis on the unique radio station for the hospital known as "Voice of Madigan".[1] She attended Ann Wright Seminary, Washington Grammar School, Mason Junior High School and graduated in 1950 from Stadium High School in Tacoma. In 1949, she enrolled at Stephens College, an all-women's school in Columbia, Missouri, where she carried a double major in radio/drama and psychology, graduating in 1951.[2]

Marriages[edit]

Millar was married to University of Missouri college student James Sidney Rollins, Jr. (1950–?); photographer and television director John Florea (1954–1957); author and sportswriter John McCallum (1961–64), whom she met when he was writing her biography (now lost);[3] and to United States Navy pilot and former Stadium HS classmate Lt. Cmdr. Charles Candoo (1964-death).[4]

Career[edit]

She appeared in the television series Dragnet (in 1956) and The Millionaire.[4][5]

In 1954–1955, Millar co-starred as Susan, an aspiring writer and the love interest of the Ray Bolger character "Raymond Wallace" in the ABC sitcom with a variety show theme, The Ray Bolger Show, previously known as Where's Raymond?.

While working in Los Angeles, she reunited and lived with her roommate from Stephens College, Boni Ann Buehler. Millar later assisted Buehler during her recovery after two limbs were amputated by a boat propeller (Beuhler was represented by Melvin Belli in the famous civil suit against Conrad Hilton).[6]

Millar's biggest film role was playing Dean Martin's love interest in the 1953 Martin and Lewis film Money from Home. She also had a major role in "About Mrs. Leslie", a drama starring Shirley Booth and Robert Ryan as the romantic leads. It was not a success at the box office despite its prominent cast. In the early 1960s, she was choreographer for the Tacoma instrumental rock group The Ventures.[7]

Injury and death[edit]

Injuries sustained in a 1957 auto accident on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, resulted in infection and gangrene of her left leg. After reporting to work on Dragnet she went back to her apartment and then became too weak to lift the phone, and was found by a neighbor who noticed several days' accumulation of milk bottles and newspapers. She was taken to a hospital and saved by massive blood transfusions after an appeal to the public for blood.[8] Her leg was not amputated, but she was forced to end her acting career. She divorced husband John Florea, and moved back to Tacoma, where she operated a dance school and later started a Puget Sound area produced television program, with her third husband, author John McCallum. After marrying her fourth husband, she followed him to his duty station in Southern California.[4]

Death[edit]

She died at Coronado Hospital in San Diego, California, in 1966 as a result of cirrhosis of the liver and chronic pancreatitis after enduring at least fourteen surgeries on her injured leg.[4][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Colt, Duane (2013-07-16). "the Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History". HistoryLink.org. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  2. ^ Stars Shine Again on Tacoma's Marjie Millar, Seattle TImes, January 14, 1962, p. 9
  3. ^ "Guide to the John D. McCallum Papers circa 1920-1988Cage 799". wsu.edu. Retrieved 2 August 2015.  line feed character in |title= at position 38 (help)
  4. ^ a b c d Profile, imdb.com; accessed September 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Washington, County Marriages, 1855–2008 Image Washington, County Marriages, 1855–2008; pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11093-91191-18". Familysearch.org. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Boni Buehler – 1953 Boat Propeller Accident: Propeller Guard Information Center". Propellersafety.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  7. ^ Walk-Don't Run – The Story of the Ventures. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  8. ^ Stars Shine Again on Tacoma's Marjie Millar, Seattle TImes, January 14, 1962, p. 9.
  9. ^ Ex-Tacoma Dance Star Dies At 36, Tacoma News Tribune, April 18, 1966.

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