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Overview (5)

Born in Clarinda, Iowa, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameMarvel Marilyn Maxwell
Nicknames Maxie
Max
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The less famous, but still undeniably talented, of the "Marilyn" sex symbols of the 1940s and 1950s was born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell in Clarinda, Iowa on August 3, 1921 (she later began using her middle name professionally at the suggestion of Louis B. Mayer). As a teenager, she worked as an usher at the Rialto Theater in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and later as a radio singer.

In 1942, Maxwell signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, appearing on such radio shows as "The Abbott and Costello Show", "Beat the Band", and "Stars Over Hollywood". That same year, she made her movie debut in the star-studded World War II propaganda film Stand by for Action (1942). Maxwell went on to star in numerous popular movies of the 1940s and '50s, among them Thousands Cheer (1943), Lost in a Harem (1944), Champion (1949), Key to the City (1950), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) (in which she introduced the carol "Silver Bells"), and Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958). Throughout the Second World War and later the Korean War, Maxwell also accompanied three-time co-star - and long-time lover - Bob Hope on USO tours to entertain troops.

Throughout the 1950s, Maxwell directed her focus to television, with guest appearances on such series as The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950), General Electric Theater (1953), Marilyn Maxwell, Marilyn Maxwell, The Red Skelton Hour (1951), The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956), and Playhouse 90 (1956). This continued into the '60s, as Maxwell appeared on Wagon Train (1957), Make Room for Daddy (1953), Burke's Law (1963), The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) and The Bob Hope Show (1952), and even game shows such as I've Got a Secret (1952) and Stump the Stars (1947). Her most prominent part in this period was that of diner owner Grace Sherwood on Bus Stop (1961), a series she left after one season after becoming bored of "doing nothing but pour a second cup of coffee and point the way to the men's room".

Maxwell was married three times - to actor John Conte, restaurateur Anders Nylund McIntyre, and producer Jerry Davis - each marriage ending in divorce. She had one son with Davis, Matthew (b. 1956). On March 20, 1972, 15 year-old Matthew returned home from school, only to find his mother dead from an apparent heart attack. Maxwell was 50 at the time of her death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Jerry Davis (21 November 1954 - 21 December 1960) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Anders Nylund McIntyre (1 January 1950 - 22 March 1951) ( divorced)
John Conte (17 September 1944 - 25 June 1946) ( divorced)

Trivia (18)

Maxwell was a crowd-pleaser and stalwart trouper in Bob Hope's legendary tours of US and Allied military installations around the world.
She was once compared to Marilyn Monroe and replied, "Hey, I'm the blond with her clothes on."
Her singing "Silver Bells" in The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) gave us another Christmas carol.
Trained in dance from age 3.
Tall and blonde with good looks and a pleasant singing voice, she scampered through a bunch of breezy, forgettable film roles. Her style was once described as part Joan Blondell's "Good Joe" and part Mae West's vamp.
Part of her USO touring act with Bob Hope was wearing a tight sweater and singing "I Want to Love You."
Popular in nightclubs, particulary New York's famed Latin Quarter.
A radio singer before signing up with MGM. Studio head Louis B. Mayer wisely insisted she change "Marvel", which was her real first name. She dropped it and kept Marilyn, which was her middle name.
Appeared on TV as a sexy foil to many top comedians, especially Bob Hope and Red Skelton.
A close friend of Rock Hudson, she helped closet his homosexuality by making frequent public appearances with him and teasing reporters about how their relationship was "only a friendship."
Her 15-year-old son Matthew found her dead in the bathroom of their home in 1972, the victim of a heart attack brought on by high blood pressure and a pulmonary ailment. Rock Hudson looked after her son during the funeral arrangements.
Son Matthew Paul born on April 28, 1956.
At one low point in 1967 she performed in a burlesque show as a stripper in Queens, New York.
She married MGM actor John Conte in 1944 in The Little Church Around the Corner in New York City; they divorced two years later. Her second marriage to restaurateur Anders McIntyre lasted one year. Her third marriage to writer/producer Jerry Davis produced a son, Matthew. They divorced after six years of marriage.
Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
She was a staunch conservative Republican.
Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.
Curvaceous, platinum-haired, sparkling-eyed leading lady in 40's and 50's Hollywood.

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