Marilyn Maxwell

Marilyn Maxwell

Marilyn Maxwell was born in 1921 in Iowa.   Her movie debut was in “Lost in a Harem” in 1944.   She was featured in “Champion” with Kirk Douglas, “The Lemon Drop Kid” with Bob Hope and “Rock-A-Bye Baby” in 1958.   She died at the age of 50 in 1972.

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Marilyn Maxwell (August 3, 1921 – March 20, 1972), born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell, was a platinum blonde, curvaceous movie actress and entertainer who, in addition to appearing in many films and radio programs, also entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean War on USO tours with Bob Hope. She also appeared in a number of Hope’s shows as a sexy but comic foil. She started her professional entertaining career as a radio singer while still a teenager before signing with MGM in 1942 as a contract player. Among the programs in which she appeared was The Abbott and Costello Show. The head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer, insisted she change the “Marvel” part of her real name. She dropped her first name and kept the middle. Some of her memorable film roles included Lost in a Harem (1944), Champion (1949), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)


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