|Birth: ||Mar. 5, 1924|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 2011|
Los Angeles County
Actress, Model. A Hollywood glamour girl of the 1940s, she is remembered for her large number of film and television appearances. Born Marilyn Adele Dunlap, she journeyed to New York for her start in show business, performing in the Earl Carroll Revue and making her silver screen bow in the 1940 "A Night at Earl Carroll's". Signed by MGM she took part in 1941's "Ziegfeld Girl" but soon returned to the Big Apple where she performed at Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe and spent a year on Broadway in "George White's Scandals". Back in Hollywood by 1943 she appeared in several forgettable westerns including "In Old Oklahoma" (1943) and the 1944 "Arizona Whirlwind" while becoming a sought after subject for the 'cheesecake' pictures that were popular at the time. Myrna had a small role in the 1944 classic "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and was kept busy by RKO with a string of mostly B movies including "The Locket" (1946), 1949's "The Girl from Jones Breach" in which she was joined by Ronald Reagan, and the 1951 western "The Bushwackers". In 1952 Myrna had a recurring role on the television series "China Smith" and over the next years earned numerous small screen credits including "Dragnet", "Maverick", "Pete and Gladys", "Hazel", "State Trooper", and "Batman". Married to actor Herbert Patterson (1919-2002), she largely withdrew from pictures in the 1960s to raise her daughter though she did appear in two final movies, 1978's "The One Man Jury" and the 1981 Jack Lemon-Walter Matthau feature "Buddy, Buddy". In later years Myrna wrote a newspaper column entitled "Hollywood, Then and Now" while popular legend credits her, along with Marguerite Chapman, with developing the concept of autograph shows. She lived out her days in Southern California; a number of her films are preserved on DVD. (bio by: Bob Hufford)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at the base of the Hollywood sign.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Sep 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96825668
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