Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Marie Wilson (1916-1972) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in Anaheim, CA, Wilson graduated from high school in 1933, and was taking on bit parts in movies that same year. Flying Down to Rio (1933) and March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) count among these earliest uncredited appearances. Her first billed role in a feature came in Stars Over Broadway (1935) for Warner Bros., the studio where she also gained notice in titles like Miss Pacific Fleet (1935), Colleen (1936), the comedic first remake of The Maltese Falcon titled Satan Met a Lady (1936), China Clipper (1936), James Whale's The Great Garrick (1937), billed under Karloff in The Invisible Menace (1937), and Boy Meets Girl (1938), where Cagney and O'Brien are every bit as wild as she is. Wilson continued appearing in movies throughout the 1940s, though from 1942-47 she also managed to appear in an amazing 2,300-plus consecutive performances of Ken Murray's "Blackouts," a racy variety act at the El Capitan in Hollywood. Films during this era included Shine on Harvest Moon (1944), Music for Millions (1944), Young Widow (1946), and The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947). While Wilson had already established herself as one of Hollywood's favorite scatterbrained "dumb blondes" on the big screen, she forever cemented the reputation with the advent of My Friend Irma, first on radio from 1947-54, then television from 1952-54, and in two films, My Friend Irma (1949) and My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). After Irma's run there was often chatter about Wilson returning to TV, but nothing major ever materialized. She continued in the occasional film such as A Girl in Every Port (1952) with Groucho Marx, Never Wave at a WAC (1953), The Story of Mankind (1957), and Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), her final theatrical release in support of James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara. On TV she had some guest spots, showed up on The Ed Sullivan Show a few times, voiced a part in Hanna-Barbara's brief primetime animated series Where's Huddles? (1970), and concluded her career with a 1972 appearance on Love, American Style. Marie Wilson died of cancer at age 56. Robert Fallon, a TV producer and Wilson's second husband of over twenty years, survived her at her death in 1972.
Birthday: August 19