Elsie Marcella “Marcella Martin” <I>Clifford</I> McGratty

Elsie Marcella “Marcella Martin” Clifford McGratty

Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Death 31 Oct 1986 (aged 70)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 117303222 · View Source
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Full name Elsie Marcella Clifford Martin Ferguson McGratty, known professionally as Marcella Martin. She was living in Shreveport, La., with her first husband, John Martin, and performing with the Shreveport Little Theatre when she was screen-tested for the role of Scarlett O'Hara for the pending production of "Gone With the Wind." For some weeks she was the leading candidate for the role, until Vivien Leigh was tested and chosen. She nonetheless got a speaking role in the movie, as Cathleen Calvert. She was Leigh's coach in Southern dialect through the movie and reportedly was Leigh's roommate on location. She had roles in two other movies, Carol Barnet in "West of Tombstone" (1942, Columbia Pictures) and Daphne Turner in "The Man Who Returned to Life" (1942, Columbia Pictures.) She also played the role of Ruth Collier in the 1969 episode "Boomerang" of the TV series "The FBI."

Maxwell Arnow, David Selznick's scout searching for actresses to play Scarlett, interviewed scores of hopefuls and reported this to his boss about Marcella Martin in a memo dated Nov. 16, 1938:

"The results of the eighteen day trip through the South were quite meager with one exception. In Louisiana, at the Shreveport Little Theatre, ran across a girl by the name of Marcella Martin. This girl is quite good looking, has a nice figure, and is a grand actress. Without doubt she is the best of the hundreds of people that I interviewed during my trip."

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 117303222
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elsie Marcella “Marcella Martin” Clifford McGratty (5 Jun 1916–31 Oct 1986), Find a Grave Memorial no. 117303222, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by John Andrew Prime (contributor 46621252) .