Mary Lee Robb

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Mary Lee Robb Cline (February 15, 1926, – August 28, 2006)[1] was a radio actress during the 1940s and 1950s. Her name is sometimes seen as Marylee Robb.[2]

Early life[edit]

Robb was born in Streator, Illinois,[1] and lived much of her early life in Chicago.[2] 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.[2]


Robb made her radio debut in 1947 on the Lum and Abner program.[1] She also appeared on The Penny Singleton Show.[3]

As Mary Lee Robb, she is best known for playing Marjorie, Gildersleeve's niece, on The Great Gildersleeve, replacing Louise Erickson in that role.[4] A small role in a 1948 episode of that program led to the full-time role of Marjorie, which she played until 1954.

Personal life[edit]

Robb's first marriage, to Charles Vance Smith, ended in divorce.[1] Robb left acting in the mid-1950s in order to raise their son, Robb Smith, and daughter Alexandra.

In 1983 she married William H. Cline, who died in 2005.[1]

A year later, she died of heart failure at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.[1] Mary Lee Robb was survived by her daughter Alexandra, son Robb, son-in-law Alex, and daughter-in-law Melissa. Robb also left behind her two grandchildren, Robbyn and Tyler.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mary Lee Robb Cline, 80; Played Gildy's Niece on 'The Great Gildersleeve". Los Angeles Times. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Kyle, Otto R. (January 31, 1951). "By the Way". The Decatur Daily Review. Illinois, Decatur. p. 6. Retrieved April 1, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  4. ^ Kyle, Otto R. (September 6, 1948). "By The Way". The Decatur Herald. Illinois, Decatur. p. 6. Retrieved April 1, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read