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Marion Martin

Dubbed "Hollywood's blonde menace," brassy, curvaceous Marion Martin (born Marion Suplee) was the daughter of a well-to-do Bethlehem Steel executive and reared in Main Line society. She attended exclusive schools until the family fortune was wiped out in the stock market crash of 1929. Forced to work, she found employment as a chorine in one of Earl Carroll's New York stage revues. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. got a gander at the dazzling beauty and signed her to replace Gypsy Rose Lee in his Follies of 1933 wearing little but "a feather and some beads." After a few other fetching Broadway appearances, she was signed by Universal in 1938 and adopted the stage name of Marion (or sometimes Marian) Martin. At first superfluously put in short films, she received her big break in Sinners in Paradise (1938), a downed-plane-on-a-desert-island adventure which emphasized her physical attributes. Quickly pigeonholed as a stripper, chorus girl or brazen, gold-digger type, her feline roles actually belied her off-camera personality as a shy, intelligent and chic lady. In the 1940s Marion played sexy foils to the Marx Brothers and dug up a few support roles in mostly secondary features. Her career, never rising above the "B"-level ranks, pretty much ended by the 1950s. She happily retired in 1951 and found stability in marriage, donating much of her time to charitable causes. She died 13 August 1985, in Santa Monica, California;  and she is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery. Culver City, California. Although she was often cast as a brassy stripper, showgirl or tough gun moll, off screen she was known to be extremely shy and retiring.

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Jun 7, 1908 In Philadelphia, PA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Crime without Passion 1934-08-30
Latest Project:
Movie Oklahoma Annie 1952-03-24
Known For
Poster of Lighthouse
Poster of Black Angel
Poster of The Big Store
Poster of The Miss They Missed
Movie Oklahoma Annie LaBelle La Tour 1952-03-24
Movie Merry Mavericks Gladys 1951-09-06
Movie Journey Into Light Diana (as Marian Martin) 1951-09-28
Movie Key to the City Emmy 1950-02-02
Movie Dakota Lil Blonde Singer 1950-02-17
Movie Oh, You Beautiful Doll Bar Blonde 1949-11-11
Movie Thunder in the Pines Pearl (as Marian Martin) 1948-11-11
Movie Lighthouse JoJo, the Blonde 1947-01-10
Movie Suspense Shooting Gallery Blond (uncredited) 1946-06-15
Movie Queen of Burlesque Lola Cassell 1946-07-24
Movie Cinderella Jones Burlesque Queen 1946-03-09
Movie Deadline for Murder Laura Gibson 1946-06-28
Movie Black Angel Millie 1946-08-02
Movie Nobody Lives Forever Lou, Blonde (uncredited) 1946-11-01
Movie Angel on My Shoulder Mrs. Bentley 1946-09-20
Movie That Brennan Girl Marion, Natalie's Girl Friend (as Marian Martin) 1946-12-23
Movie Eadie Was a Lady Rose Allure 1945-01-24
Movie Gangs of the Waterfront Rita (as Marian Martin) 1945-07-03
Movie The Phantom Speaks Betty Hanzel 1945-05-10
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Miss Milbane 1945-10-05
Movie Girls of the Big House Dixie 1945-11-02
Movie It Happened Tomorrow Nurse (uncredited) 1944-03-31
Movie Sweethearts of the U.S.A. Ghost of Josephine 1944-03-07
Movie The Merry Monahans Soubrette 1944-09-15
Movie Gildersleeve's Ghost Terry Vance 1944-06-01
Movie The Mystery of the Riverboat Celeste Eltree [Chs. 1-4, 7] 1944-10-24
Movie Lady of Burlesque Alice Angel 1943-05-01
Movie They Got Me Covered Gloria 1943-03-04
Movie The Woman of the Town Daisy Davenport 1943-12-31
Movie Fly-By-Night Nurse 1942-01-19
Movie Tales of Manhattan 'Squirrel' Grey 1942-08-05
Movie Mexican Spitfire at Sea Fifi Russell 1942-03-13
Movie Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Diana De Corro 1942-09-17
Movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn Myrtle 1942-12-31
Movie The Big Street Mimi Venus 1942-08-13
Movie The Big Store Peggy Arden 1941-06-20
Movie Tall, Dark and Handsome Dawn 1941-01-24
Movie Love at First Fright Liza Hatrack 1941-06-25
Movie Blonde Inspiration Wanda 1941-02-07
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Gertie 1941-04-11
Movie Cracked Nuts Flashy Blonde in Corridor 1941-07-02
Movie The Mexican Spitfire's Baby Fifi 1941-11-28
Movie Weekend for Three Mrs. Gloria Weatherby 1941-12-12
Movie Lady Scarface Ruby / Mary Jordan 1941-09-26
Movie New Wine Mitzi 1941-09-10
Movie His Girl Friday Evangeline (uncredited) 1940-01-18
Movie Boom Town Whitey 1940-08-30
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Cornelia 1940-11-30
Movie Sergeant Madden Charlotte LePage 1939-03-24
Movie Invitation to Happiness Lola Snow 1939-06-07
Movie Invisible Stripes Blonde (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie The Man in the Iron Mask Mlle. de la Valliere 1939-07-13
Movie The Miss They Missed 1938-01-29
Movie Sinners in Paradise Iris Compton 1938-05-19
Movie Youth Takes a Fling Girl on Beach 1938-09-22
Movie His Exciting Night Gypsy McCoy 1938-11-11
Movie Crime without Passion Theater Cashier 1934-08-30
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