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. Paltrow gave birth to her first child, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, on May 13, 2004 with husband Chris Martin of the group Coldplay, whom she married in secret on 5 December 2003. She was previously engaged to Brad Pitt and dated Ben Affleck while both she and Affleck worked on Shakespeare in Love. Her final film role was in the 1966 Elvis Presley film Spinout. Much attention was drawn to her at this event as a consequence of her bursting into tears during her acceptance speech. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Summer and Smoke (1961). She was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress two years later for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998).

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. Her performance in Emma (1996) received its share of praise. Her career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. Their relationship was much publicized, just like their break-up two years later. 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. Born in Los Angeles, her debut film was Shout (1991) and she played in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991) before starring in Se7en (1995) and dating her co-star Brad Pitt. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies". Paltrow has a younger brother named Jake and is a cousin of actress Katherine Moennig.

She appeared in several films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. She studied Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara before committing herself to acting. 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 is the daughter of the late television producer and director Bruce Paltrow and the actress Blythe Danner. Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American film actress. Although several of her most acclaimed performances were roles as English women (Emma, Sylvia and Shakespeare in Love) and she has a WASPy appearance, Paltrow is actually Scottish-Irish on her mother's side and Russian Jewish on her father's side. Gwyneth Paltrow (born September 28, 1972) is an American actress.

Proof (2004). Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). View from the Top (2003). Sylvia (2003).

Possession (2002). Shallow Hal (2001). The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). The Anniversary Party (2001).

Bounce (2000). Duets (2000). The Intern (aka Intern) (2000). Ripley (1999).

The Talented Mr. Shakespeare in Love (1998). A Perfect Murder (1998) (a remake of Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder). Hush (1998).

Sliding Doors (1998). Great Expectations (1998). Out of the Past (1998) (voice). Emma (1996).

The Pallbearer (1996). Sydney (aka Hard Eight) (1996). Moonlight and Valentino (1995). Se7en (1995).

Jefferson in Paris (1995). Parker and the Round Table) (1994). Parker and the Vicious Circle (aka Mrs. Mrs.

Flesh and Bone (1993). Malice (1993). Hook (1991). Shout (1991).

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