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. Today O'Neal lives in New York City, where she works hard at staying sober as she struggled throughout her life with substance abuse problems, like her mother, her father, her brother actor Griffin O'Neal, and her half-brother Redmond, whose mother is Farrah Fawcett. She died in Los Angeles, California. The book includes the unhappily ever after story of her marriage to the tempermental tennis star McEnroe, their divorce, and their struggle with child custody. Her final film role was in the 1966 Elvis Presley film Spinout. O'Neal wrote a book A Paper Life (ISBN 0060540974) in which she made allegations of child molestation and other crimes committed against her by associates of her parents and famous Hollywood stars, including Melanie Griffith, her father drug's dealer (with the complicity of her father), and that at age 12 she was kissed by a 17 year old Michael Jackson. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (1961). They have three children: Kevin, Sean, and Emily.

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 went on to become the first wife of tennis superstar John McEnroe. Her career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. She also played a starring role in The Bad News Bears and Little Darlings (1980). 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. In 1974, she became the youngest person ever to receive a regular Academy Award, winning Best Supporting Actress honors for her performance in Paper Moon. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies". He and former long-time love, Farrah Fawcett, have recently reunited after many years of separation.

She appeared in several films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. Father Ryan is struggling with a form of leukemia. 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. Tatum Beatrice O'Neal (born November 5, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, and the daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal and actress Joanna Moore who starred with Elvis Presley in "Follow That Dream." Moore died in 1997 of lung cancer. Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American film actress.

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