Merna Kennedy

Merna Kennedy

Original Name Maude Kahler
Birth
Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Dec 1944 (aged 36)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Pinecrest plot, lot 1307
Memorial ID 8710611 · View Source
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Actress. She began performing in vaudeville at age nine and was already a seasoned stage veteran when Charles Chaplin chose her for his leading lady in "The Circus" (1928). It was her first film, and remains her best. Talkies gave Kennedy the chance to display her song and dance skills and she starred or was featured in several musicals, including "The King of Jazz" (1930) and "Wonder Bar" (1934). She retired in 1934 to marry director Busby Berkeley; they divorced the following year, but she did not return to films. Kennedy died of a heart attack at 36, just hours after marrying her second husband in Las Vegas. She was born Maude Kahler in Kankakee, Illinois.

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  • Added: 1 May 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8710611
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Merna Kennedy (7 Sep 1908–20 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8710611, citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .