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. Mabel Normand Photo Gallery (http://silentladies.com/PNormand.html). She died in Los Angeles, California. External Links. Her final film role was in the 1966 Elvis Presley film Spinout. That sounds like Mary Pickford, the prissy bitch.. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (1961). Say anything you like, but don't say I love to work.

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. Personal Quotes. Her career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. Mabel Normand has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard. 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. After an extended stay in a sanitarium, she died from tuberculosis in Monrovia, California, and was interred in the Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies". She married the actor Lew Cody in 1926, but her health was in decline.

She appeared in several films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. The public did not respond and after more than 250 films, her career was essentially over. 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. For a few years she made no films, but returned in 1926 in the film Raggedy Rose. Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American film actress. The following year she was the subject of another scandal when her chauffeur shot and wounded one of Normand's lovers with her own pistol. As the last person to see him alive, Normand was closely scrutinised by the media, and her reputation was tarnished.

He was murdered in 1922 just fifteen minutes after Normand had left his home. Director William Desmond Taylor tried to help her in her battle against addiction and the two formed a close relationship. By this time she was becoming increasingly capricious and volatile, and her alcoholism, combined with an addiction to narcotics damaged her health and her career. Over the next few years she became a major film star, but with her relationship with Sennett at an end, she signed a contract in 1918 with Samuel Goldwyn.

In 1914 she starred with Chaplin and Marie Dressler in Tillie's Punctured Romance and the success of this film fuelled Normand's ambition to be a star of feature films. She appeared regularly with Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin, and wrote and directed some of Chaplin's early films. Her first films portrayed her as a bathing beauty but Normand quickly demonstrated a flair for comedy, and became a star of Sennett's short films. She met director Mack Sennett and embarked on a tumultuous affair with him.

Born Mabel Ethelreid Normand in Staten Island, New York, Normand worked as an artist's model before entering films in 1910. Mabel Normand (November 16, 1892 - February 20, 1930) was a US film actress, who was a popular comedienne in silent films.

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