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 died in Los Angeles, California. O'Brien has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard, and for television at 1620 Vine St. Her final film role was in the 1966 Elvis Presley film Spinout. (from 1959 to 1968), and later to Roy Thorsen (that marriage produced her only child, Mara Tolene Thorsen, born in 1977). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (1961). She has been married twice, to Harold Allen, Jr.

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. However, she does do occasional interviews, mostly for the Turner Classic Movies cable network. Her career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. O'Brien's acting roles as an adult have been rare, but mostly in independent films. 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 other successes included The Canterville Ghost (1944) and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), but she was unable to make the transition to adult roles. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies". O'Brien had by this time, added singing and dancing to her achievements and was rewarded with an Academy Juvenile Award the following year.

She appeared in several films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. Louis (1944), opposite Judy Garland. 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 played a young French girl, and spoke and sang all her dialogue with a French accent, in Jane Eyre (1944). Arguably her most memorable role was as "Tootie" in Meet Me in St. Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American film actress. As a five year old in Journey for Margaret (1942), O'Brien won wide praise for her convincing acting style. Born Angela Maxine O'Brien, she made her first film appearance in a short film at the age of four, but it was the following year that her first major role brought her widespread attention.

Margaret O'Brien (born January 15, 1937 in San Diego, California) is an American film actress, and although her career was brief, was one of the most highly regarded child actors in cinema history.

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