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1975 Necrology
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Susan Hayward (1917 - 1975)
Actress. She is best remembered for her roles in the movies "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955) and "I Want to Live!" (1958). Born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest daughter of three children in a poor, transportation worker family, she attended public school in Brooklyn and graduated from ...
 
Marjorie Main (1890 - 1975)
Character Actress. She was born Marybelle Tomlinson on a farm near the town of Acton, Indiana. Mary's father was Rev Samuel Joseph Tomlinson a minister in the Church of Christ who did not approve of dramatics as a form of entertainment. She briefly attended Franklin college in Indiana but left to a...
 
Therese Giehse (1898 - 1975)
Actress. Born as Therese Gift as daughter of Jewish parents, she began her career in 1920, together with Erika and Thomas Mann, foundress of the Munich cabaret "Die Pfeffermühle." She migrated to Zurich-Switzerland in 1933 to escape the Nazi-regime. Fondly remembered as 'Mutter Courage' in Bertolt B...
 
Annette Kellerman (1887 - 1975)
Silent screen star. Her life was made into a movie in 1952 with Esther Williams playing Annette. The film was entitled "Million Dollar Mermaid." Sister of cinematographer Maurice Kellerman. Wife of Director James R. Sullivan.
 
Vivian Fields (1884 - 1975)
American stage and motion picture actress of the 1920s and 30s.
 
Margarita Fischer (1886 - 1975)
Actress. Born in Missouri Valley, Iowa, she began performing in the theatre at age eight and made her screen debut in "There, Little Girl, Don't Cry" (1910). She appeared in over 175 silent films to include "The Baby" (1912), "Closed at Ten" (1914), "The Miracle of Life" (1915), "The Tiger-Lily" (19...
 
Theresa Wheeler (1891 - 1975)
Actress in the silent era.
 
Milagros Leal (1902 - 1975)
Actress. Born in Madrid, she began her acting career as a child in the play "El Refajo Amarillo" and became one of the leading ladies of Spanish Theatre in such hits as "Champán", "La Muralla", "Divinas Palabras", "Los Árboles Mueren de Pie", and "La Celestina". She was married to actor Salvador So...
 
Gertrude Olmstead (1897 - 1975)
Actress. She appeared in roughly 56 feature films during the 1920s. Raised in Chicago, she went to Hollywood at a young age, and found work in the low budget westerns that were popular at the time. She made her silver screen debut with the 1920 "Tipped Off", which starred Hoot Gibson, though her fir...
 
Lillian Fontaine (1886 - 1975)
Actress. She appeared in seven films between 1945 and 1953, most notably "The Lost Weekend." She also taught drama at San Jose State and later Stanford University. She was the mother of Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland. Her ashes were scattered by her daughters in the woods near Villa Montalvo,...
 
Doro Merande (1892 - 1975)
Actress. Born Dora Matthews, she appeared in 25 Broadway plays, most famously in the original 1938 production of "Our Town." This was the part that brought her to Hollywood in 1940, where Merande appeared in dozens of Hollywood-based TV and movie character roles, including the loud mouthed housekeep...
 
Evelyn Brent (1901 - 1975)
Actress. Real name Mary Elizabeth Riggs. Born in Tampa, Florida, she was raised in Brooklyn and worked as a model before making her film debut in 1914. Brent was playing romantic leads onscreen while still in high school, and at 18 she was chosen by John Barrymore as his leading lady in "Raffles the...
 
Michele Girardon (1938 - 1975)
Actress. Girardon was a native of Lyon, France. In June of 1961 she formed a twosome with Bob Newhart on the occasion of Pat Boone's opening at the Cocoanut Grove. She appeared in many films and is probably best known for her appearance as "Brandy" in "Hatari" with John Wayne and Red Buttons. She tr...
 
Lyubov Orlova (1902 - 1975)
Actress. The Soviet Union's most popular movie star of the 1930s. She shot to fame in a series of glossy, escapist musical-comedies, typically playing humble working girls who climb the ladder of Soviet society through talent and ideological correctness. Her biggest hits included "Circus" (1936), "V...
 
Barbara Colby (1940 - 1975)
Actress. She starred on the series "Phyllis," with Cloris Leachman. She appeared twice on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," as a prostitute, and also appeared on "Columbo," and "The Odd Couple." She and actor James Kiernan were walking to their parked car after teaching an acting class in Los Angeles, w...
 
Sheila Ryan (1921 - 1975)
Actress. A dark-haired beauty, she appeared in over 60 movies during her film career. Born Katherine Elizabeth McLaughin, she went to Hollywood, California in 1939 to become an actress and was signed by Paramount Pictures while still in high school. That same year, she made her first film appearance...
 
Pamela Brown (1917 - 1975)
Actress. Born in Hampstead, England, she was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her first appearance as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" at Stratford-on-Avon in 1936. Coming to America, she appeared on Broadway in the 1947 and made her big screen debut in "One of Our Aircraft is Missi...
 
Mary Philips (1901 - 1975)
American stage and screen actress. Married first to actor Humphrey Bogart, then to actor Kenneth MacKenna.
 
Havis Davenport (1933 - 1975)
Actress. She made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" (1954) followed by "Scandal Incorporated" (1956) and "Casey Jones" (1957). She also appeared on the television series "The George Sanders Mystery Theater", "The O. Henry Playhouse", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie" and retired from ac...
 
Inga Tidblad (1901 - 1975)
Swedish Actress. From 1932 until 1963 she acted mainly at Vasateatern, Oscarsteatern and Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theatre) in Stockholm. She made 30 films, and her debut was in ”Andersson, Pettersson och Lundström” (1923). She also was recognized for ”Sången om den eldröda blomman” (1934), ”Intermez...
 
Paule Bayard (1931 - 1975)
Actress. Bayard appeared in the films, "Bingo" (1974), and "Tiens-Toi Bien Apres Les Oreilles A Papa" (1971). She also appeared on the television shows, "Pepinot Et Capucine" from 1952 to 1954, and "Le Courrier Du Roy" from 1958 to 1961. Also a talented voice actress she did the voice of the puppet ...
 
Moyna MacGill (1895 - 1975)
Actress. She was London Theatre performer when she made her film debut in "Garryowen" (1920). Relocating to America, she appeared films to include "Miriam Rozella" (1924), ""The Changing World" (1943), "The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry" (1945), "The Clock" (1945), "Black Beauty" (1946), "Kind Lady"...
 
Minta Durfee (1889 - 1975)
American stage and motion picture actress with many credits spanning the 1910s thru 1970s. Married to comic legend Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
 
Mary Ure (1933 - 1975)
Actress. English actress that starred in "Were Eagles Dare" and "A Reflection of Fear." She was found to be enchantingly beautiful, luminous blond. She died on April 3rd 1975, following a disastrous opening night on a London stage at the age of 42. Her death was listed as an accidental overdose of w...
 
Gertrude Niesen (1911 - 1975)
Actress, Singer. Born in New York City, she was a natural singer whom achieved her greatest successes, in music and in movies, during the big-band era. In 1934, she was cast in the Broadway musical "Calling All Stars" followed by "The Ziegfeld Follies" of 1936. During the 1940s, she recorded for Dec...
 
Phyllis Povah (1893 - 1975)
Actress. A longtime star of the Broadway stage, she is probably best remembered for her role in Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 comedy of manners "The Women". A Michigan native, little is recorded of her early years save that she made her Broadway debut in the 1921 "Mr. Pim Passes By". Phyllis was to work ...
 
Cass Daley (1915 - 1975)
Actress. Born Catherine Dailey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was a popular Ziegfeld comedienne which led her to heading the 1936 Follies on Broadway. In the 1940s, she was singing with bands and soon became a popular nightclub and radio comedienne entertainer. She made her screen debut in "The ...
 
America Chedister (1895 - 1975)
Actress. She appeared on the silent screen in films such as Scrambled Wives (1921), Dawn of the East (1921), and Sea Raiders (1922). She was married to film director and writer Edward H. Griffith.
 
Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro (1895 - 1975)
Actress. She was born and died in Madrid (Spain). She was sister of actresses Matilde and Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro and the pianist Natividad. She began her career on stage in plays such as "Bendita Seas" (1926), "Madre, el Drama Padre" (1941), "Soledad y la Difunta" (1962) or "La Vidente" (1965), wit...
 

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