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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 January 1921Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Date of Death 8 March 1984Los Angeles, California, USA  (breast cancer)
Birth NameMarjorie Jane Riordan
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Marjorie Riordan was "discovered" in Wisconsin in the early 1940s and became a studio contract player at Warner Brothers. During the 1950s she and another Warner Brothers player, Joyce Reynolds, decided that they found acting intellectually unsatisfying and the two of them returned to graduate school to study speech pathology.

Riordan's focus in graduate school was the psycho-dynamics of stuttering which led her, in turn, to study clinical psychology. Throughout the late fifties and first couple of years of the sixties, she pursued both her careers as a clinical psychologist and as an actress, but then gave up acting altogether.

While in graduate school, she met her husband Allan Schlaff, who was also a clinical psychologist. The two had a son, John Schlaff, who was born in 1959.

Riordan succumbed to breast cancer in 1984.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John A. Schlaff (Marjorie's son)

Spouse (2)

Allan Schlaff (February 1958 - 11 May 1972) (his death) (1 child)
George Lumpkin (1945 - 1958)

Trivia (3)

Studied dramatics for two years at Wisconsin University before moving to Los Angeles and doing some modeling.
During WWII, she was chosen as "The Girl We'd Most Like to Chute the Works With" by the San Antonio Air Service Command.
She and her second husband, Allan Schlaff, both had January 24th birthdays. They met in graduate school and he later became a clinical psychologist. He died in 1972 and she died in 1984. They are both interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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