|Born||Gertrude Madeline Marshall
February 14, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 23, 2004
Century City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Philip Jordan Raffin (1944-1981) (his death) (3 children)
Leland Lindsay (1940-1944) (divorced)
Life and career
Marshall was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Madeline (née Breedan) and Frederick Marshall. A popular magazine cigarette girl during her modeling days for Harry Conover, she was at different times "The Old Gold Girl", "The Chesterfield Girl", and "The Lucky Strike Girl".
She was signed by 20th Century-Fox in 1942 and groomed in bit parts. She played a featured role in the World War II war drama The Fighting Sullivans (1944), the true story of a family that lost all five enlisted sons in the sinking of the USS Juneau off Guadalcanal in November 1942. Marshall played the surviving sister Genevieve who joins the Navy after her brothers perish.
Taking roles as a decorative ingenue for a time, Marshall later played the "other woman" in a few features. Semi-retired by the 1960s, she returned very infrequently to Hollywood. She appeared in the movie Once Is Not Enough (1975) with her daughter Deborah Raffin. Marshall was the hostess of her own radio and TV show in the 1980s in which she interviewed stars who attended special Hollywood events.
- The Dancing Masters (1943)
- The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
- Ladies of Washington (1944)
- The Purple Heart (1944)
- Circumstantial Evidence (1945)
- The Dolly Sisters (1945)
- Alias Mr. Twilight (1946)
- Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)
- Dragonwyck (1946)
- Key Witness (1947)
- Too Many Winners (1947)
- Joe Palooka in the Knockout (1947)
- Disaster (1948)
- Barbary Pirate (1949)
- Trudy Marshall - Obituaries, News - Independent.co.uk
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