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Actress Martha Stewart (photo, with Perry Como), a pretty blonde who had supporting roles in a handful of Fox movies of the '40s, died of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, last February 25. She was 89. Needless to say, that's not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on TV. The Kentucky-born (Oct. 7, 1922) Stewart was reportedly discovered while singing at The Stork Club on Christmas 1944. Her film debut took place in Lewis Seiler's Doll Face (1945), a musical film adaptation of Gypsy Rose Lee's semi-autobiographical play The Naked Genius. Joan Blondell starred onstage for producer Michael Todd (Blondell's, Evelyn Keyes', and Elizabeth Taylor's husband, at various times), but the show ran for only 36 performances. Vivian Blaine had the title role in the movie, a borderline B production — co-starring Carmen Miranda, but shot in black and white. Additionally, Stewart supported Joan Crawford in Otto Preminger »

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