|Date of Birth||15 September 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Date of Death||12 November 2003, Sherman Oaks, California, USA (complications of a stroke)|
|Birth Name||Mariana Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty|
Mini Bio (1)
Her father was Irish Philadelphian newspaperman, Benny McNulty. He was related to Jim Farley Roosevelt's campaign managers and later Postmaster General. As a child, she sang songs at a silent movie theater. After the sixth grade she joined a touring vaudeville act called "The Kiddie Kabaret." Billed as Penny McNulty, she sang and danced with Milton Berle and Gene Raymond. Her first speaking part was in a Jack Benny Broadway show "Great Temptations".
Moving to Hollywood, she took a new name after marrying dentist Lawrence Singleton. Her first name derived from having saved large amounts of penny coins. She played a tough nightclub dancer in After the Thin Man (1936) and acted/sang/danced in Swing Your Lady (1938), one of the movies Humphrey Bogart regarded as his worst. Though naturally a brunette, she bleached her hair blonde ever since she got the role of Blondie in that long-lived series.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|Robert Sparks||(1 January 1941 - 22 July 1963) (his death) (1 child)|
|Dr. Laurence Scoggs Singleton||(15 October 1937 - 22 December 1940) (divorced) (1 child)|