Una Merkel

Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American film actress.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, Merkel resembled the popular actress Lillian Gish, and her resemblance allowed her to enter films in 1920 as Gish's double in the film Way Down East. She appeared in several films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies". She played Ann Rutledge in the 1930 film Abraham Lincoln and during the 1930s became a popular second lead in a number of films, usually playing the wisecracking best friend of the heroine.

Her career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. She made a comeback as a middle aged woman playing mothers and maiden aunts, and in 1956 won a Tony Award for her role in The Ponder Heart. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (1961). Her final film role was in the 1966 Elvis Presley film Spinout.

She died in Los Angeles, California.

Una Merkel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard.


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Una Merkel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard. She appeared in the movie version of Amy Tan's book The Joy Luck Club, and provided the voice for both the title character in Disney's animated movie Mulan and the character Aki Ross in the computer animated film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She died in Los Angeles, California. Deb Chen on E.R.. Her final film role was in the 1966 Elvis Presley film Spinout. Her most promient role may be as Dr. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (1961). Playing Lien Hughes on As the World Turns, she was the first Asian-American to be a regular on a daytime soap opera.

She made a comeback as a middle aged woman playing mothers and maiden aunts, and in 1956 won a Tony Award for her role in The Ponder Heart. Born Ming-Na Wen (溫明娜) on Coloane, Macau (then under Portuguese administration), she moved to the United States as a girl. Her career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. Ming-Na (born November 20, 1963) is a Chinese-American actress. She played Ann Rutledge in the 1930 film Abraham Lincoln and during the 1930s became a popular second lead in a number of films, usually playing the wisecracking best friend of the heroine. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies".

She appeared in several films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. Born in Covington, Kentucky, Merkel resembled the popular actress Lillian Gish, and her resemblance allowed her to enter films in 1920 as Gish's double in the film Way Down East. Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American film actress.

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