|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1922|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2012|
Actress, Singer. She shall be remembered for her film career that saw its peak in the late 1940s. Raised in Brooklyn from infancy, she apparently took to entertainment early and after winning a radio contest was singing at the famed Stork Club when spotted by a Hollywood talent scout. Martha made her silver screen bow in the 1945 musical "Doll Face", appeared in the 1946 post-war flick "Johnny Comes Flying Home", and in 1947 was seen in the musical "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" and portrayed Joan Crawford's friend 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 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 union that lasted more than 50 years. 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, 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)
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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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