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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 August 1924Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 2 September 2007Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameMarsha Mae Jones

Mini Bio (1)

Marcia Mae Jones was born on August 1, 1924, to an acting family. Her mother, Freda Jones, was an actress, and all three of her siblings - Margaret Jones, Macon Jones, and Marvin Jones - were child actors. But Marcia Mae had the most successful career, and she was the only one of her siblings to become a child star. She made her acting debut when she was just six months old, when director James Cruze saw her in her baby carriage and immediately cast her as the baby in his film Mannequin (1926). Her first major role was in Night Nurse (1931), in which she played a sick child that a sinister hospital staff was trying to murder. By age 10, Marcia Mae had appeared in several dramatic films. In 1936, she played a terrified victim of school bullying in These Three (1936), a role that brought her much attention. In 1937, she played the crippled Klara in Heidi (1937). The film starred two other child actors, Delmar Watson (as with Marcia Mae, all of Delmar's siblings were actors) and Shirley Temple. Despite a four-year age difference, Marcia Mae and Shirley acted well with each other, and they appeared together again in The Little Princess (1939). Besides Shirley Temple and Delmar Watson, Marcia Mae worked with several other child stars of the 1930s, including Jane Withers, Bonita Granville, Jackie Moran, Sybil Jason, and her favorite, Jackie Cooper. Marcia Mae's film career began to slow down in the early 1950s, after which she largely appeared in television roles. Her adult life was marred by the suicide of her second husband, Bill Davenport, and problems with alcohol. She eventually conquered her alcohol dependency and became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Snow4849

Spouse (2)

Bill Davenport (8 July 1955 - 28 January 1965) (divorced)
Robert Gordon Chic (27 February 1943 - 1951) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

Daughter of actress Freda Jones.
Sister of actors Marvin Jones and Macon Jones.
The daughter of a persistent stage mother, Marcia developed personal and emotional problems later in life, which triggered a severe alcohol problem. She later received a degree in religious science and completely conquered her dependency.
First husband was a lieutenant commander in the Merchant Marine. She had two boys. Second husband was TV writer Bill Davenport (Hogan's Heroes (1965)).
Son Denny was born in 1945 and son Tim in 1947.
She has remained friends with Jane Withers, her co-star in Gentle Julia (1936).
She was originally cast to play Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), but after a growth spurt, the studio thought she was too tall for the role and recast her as Mary Sawyer.
Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by Tom Goldrup and Jim Goldrup (McFarland, 2002).
Also acted under her birth name Marsha Mae Jones in The Cisco Kid TV series The Hypnotist Murder (1951) and Ghost Town (1952).

Personal Quotes (3)

[on her parents] I wasn't allowed to do what most kids were allowed to do. My mother pushed me, but my father was kind of in awe of me. He really didn't know quite what to do with it all. But my mother was definitely a motion picture mother. She loved the motion picture.
[on her education] Schooling brought me a lot of confusion when I was very small because I was still in public school. When I was in school I wanted to be back acting, and when I was acting I wanted to be back in public school. Later on we had schooling on the lot. For Shirley Temple it worked great, for Jane Withers it worked great, but I was one of those kids who didn't like school.
[on her family] I don't know if I could have done as well as my mother did had the tables been reversed, but she did love me way too much and it did cause trouble and jealousy with my brothers and sister. I can understand today how they must have felt. It was always, "Marcia Mae has to go to work, Marcia Mae's making the money".

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