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Date of Birth 11 October 1918Sac City, Iowa, USA
Date of Death 19 December 1995Palm Desert, California, USA  (complications of pneumonia)
Birth NameRachelle Mendenhall
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Linda Hayes was born on October 11, 1918 in Sac City, Iowa, USA as Rachelle Mendenhall. She was an actress, known for Conspiracy (1939), Brooklyn (2015) and Millionaires in Prison (1940). She was married to Frank W. Walker, Lou Crosby and Dominic Germano. She died on December 19, 1995 in Palm Desert, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Frank W. Walker (1984 - 1986) (his death)
Lou Crosby (18 January 1941 - 27 January 1984) (his death) (3 children)
Dominic Germano (? - 1940) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Mother of actresses Cathy Lee Crosby and Lucinda Crosby
As a teenager, got her dramatic training at the Pasadena Playhouse and worked in stock theater.
When she was 10, her father, Cox Mendenhall, moved his family from their failing Iowa farm to Pasadena, California, where he became a successful car dealer.
Mother, with Lou Crosby, of actresses Cathy Lee Crosby and Lucinda Crosby and a third daughter, Linda Lou Crosby.
She was still known as "Rachelle Germano" (from her brief first marriage) when she entered a "Gateway to Hollywood" star search in 1939 sponsored by Jesse L. Lasky of RKO Studios. While she won the regional competition, she lost in the finals, but was given an RKO contract, anyway. The studio also gave her a new name.

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