|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1922|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2012|
Actress, Singer. A pretty blonde, she shall be remembered for her film career that saw its peak in the late 1940s. Born Martha Haworth, she was raised in Brooklyn from infancy, apparently took to entertainment early, and after graduating from New Utrecht High School in 1939 and winning a radio contest worked as a vocalist with the Glen Miller Band. Martha was singing at New York's famed Stork Club when she was spotted by a Hollywood talent scout, made her silver screen bow in the 1945 musical "Doll Face", appeared in the 1946 post-war flick "Johnny Comes Flying Home", in 1947 was seen in the musical "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now", and that same year portrayed Joan Crawford's friend Mary in "Daisy Kenyon". From 1946 to 1947 she was in the Broadway run of "Park Avenue" and in 1950 had turns in two somewhat darker film features, "Convicted" which starred Broderick Crawford and "In a Lonely Place" opposite Humphrey Bogart. Thru the 1950s Martha was seen on such television fare as "The Red Skelton Hour", "The Jackie Gleason Show", and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"; following two failed show business marriages she wed Jonathan Crowne in a 1952 union that produced three children and lasted until her husband's 2004 death. In 1957 she was portrayed by Mitzi Gaynor in "The Joker is Wild", a biopic of her first husband, comic Joe E. Lewis. Martha earned her final credit in 1964's "Surf Party", was a school librarian for many years until her 2002 retirement, remained mentally sharp, and lived out her days in Maine. At her death a number of her films were preserved on DVD. (bio by: Bob Hufford)
Joe E. Lewis (1902 - 1971)
George O'Hanlon (1912 - 1989)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Apr 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88919291
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