Mary Lee Robb

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Mary Lee Robb Cline (15 February 1926 – 28 August 2006) was a radio actress during the 1940s and 1950s.

As Mary Lee Robb, she's best known for playing Marjorie, Gildersleeve's niece, on The Great Gildersleeve. A small role in a 1948 episode of that program led to the full-time role of Marjorie, which she played until 1954.

Robb made her radio debut in 1947 on the Lum and Abner program. She also appeared on The Penny Singleton Radio Show.

Robb was born in Streator, Illinois. Her father, Alex S. Robb, was an executive at NBC.

In 1939 her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she attended University High School and University of California, Los Angeles.

Robb's first marriage, to Charles Vance Smith, ended in divorce. Robb left radio in the mid-1950s to raise their son, Robb Smith, and daughter Alexandra.

In 1983 she married William H. Cline, who died in 2005.

Mary Lee Robb is survived by her daughter Alexandra, son Robb, son-in-law Alex, and daughter-in-law Melissa. Robb also leaves behind her two grand children Robbyn and Tyler.

She died of heart failure at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.


  • Staff and Wire Reports. (2006, September 8). Mary Lee Robb Cline, 80; Played Gildy's Niece on 'The Great Gildersleeve'. The Los Angeles Times