Linda Darnell

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Linda Darnell was touted by Hollywood wags as "the girl with the perfect face," and for once the description fit. Her cameo-cut china doll face was enough to ensure stardom in glamor-obsessed 1940s Hollywood; surely ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1923 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Black Spurs 1964 (Movie)

Sadie (Actor)

The Castilian 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zero Hour! 1957 (Movie)

Ellen Stryker (Actor)

Donne Proibite 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Without Sleep 1952 (Movie)

Julie Bannon (Actor)

The 13th Letter 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Flags West 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Walls of Jericho 1948 (Movie)

Algeria Wedge (Actor)

Unfaithfully Yours 1948 (Movie)

Daphne De Carter (Actor)

A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

Lora Mae Hollingsway (Actor)

Anna and the King of Siam 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Darling Clementine 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hangover Square 1945 (Movie)

Netta Longdon (Actor)

It Happened Tomorrow 1944 (Movie)

Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens (Actor)

Buffalo Bill 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)

Virgin Mary (Actor)

Blood and Sand 1941 (Movie)

Carmen Espinosa (Actor)

Blackbeard the Pirate (Movie)

Edwina (Actor)

Brigham Young (Movie)

Zina Webb (Actor)

Centennial Summer (Movie)

Edith Rogers (Actor)

Chad Hanna (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

City without Men (Movie)

Nancy Johnson (Actor)

Day-Time Wife (Movie)

Jane Norton (Actor)

Everybody Does It (Movie)

Cecil Carver (Actor)

Fallen Angel (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Forever Amber (Movie)

Amber St. Clair (Actor)

Hotel for Women (Movie)

Marcia Bromley (Actor)

Rise and Shine (Movie)

Louise Murray (Actor)

Slattery's Hurricane (Movie)

Aggie Hobson (Actor)

Star Dust (Movie)

Carolyn Sayres (Actor)

Summer Storm (Movie)

Olga Urbenin (Actor)

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (Movie)

Virginia Clemm (Actor)

Biography

Linda Darnell was touted by Hollywood wags as "the girl with the perfect face," and for once the description fit. Her cameo-cut china doll face was enough to ensure stardom in glamor-obsessed 1940s Hollywood; surely Darnell could easily fit into the top ten most beautiful women the screen has ever known. And as she matured, her voice deepened into a torchy throb that added intensity to the eventual siren image.

Relationships

Brother
had another

Cal Darnell

Brother

Monte Darnell

Sister

Undeen Darnell Hunter

Sister

Charlotte Adams

Daughter
born on January 5, 1948 adopted in 1948 while Darnell was married to Peverell Marley

Calvin Darnell

Father

Pearl Darnell

Mother

Philip Liebmann

Husband
married in Mexico on February 25, 1954 divorced on December 2, 1955 in Mexico president of Liebmann Breweries and creator of Miss Rheingold

Alfreda Liebmann

Daughter
adopted late in marriage while Darnell was married to Philip Liebmann upon divorce Liebmann kept child Darnell seems never to have acknowledged or mentioned her again

Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer

Companion
had longterm affair while Darnell was married to Marley and Mankiewicz was in second marriage directed Darnell in "A Letter to Three Wives" and "No Way Out"

J Marley

Husband
eloped to Las Vegas on April 18, 1942 divorced on February 20, 1951

Merle Robertson

Husband
married on March 3, 1957 in Riverside, California divorced on November 23, 1963 after she learned he had impregnated a Yugoslavian actress

Milestones

1965

Watched late show of "Star Dust" with friends before falling asleep with lit cigarette (April 9)

1965

Made last film, "Black Spurs", at Paramount

1960

Made nightclub debut at the Town House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1959

Learned lines via hypnosis in Chicago, for theater production of "Late Love"

1956

Stage debut in "A Roomful of Roses" in Phoenix, Az.; First appeared in TV dramas; made Broadway debut in "Harbor Lights", which closed after four performances

1952

Final film for Fox, "Night Without Sleep"

1950

Received strong notices for nonglamorous role in "No Way Out"

1949

Lost role of "Pinky" to Jeanne Crain

1948

Had career triumph in "A Letter to Three Wives"

1947

Won role of Amber St. Clair over Lana Turner and 213 others in "Forever Amber"

1946

Slightly burned while filming scene for "Anna and the King of Siam"

1944

New career phase ushered in with release of "Hangover Square" and "Fallen Angel"

1943

Loaned out to UA for "Summer Storm"; image change began

1941

Moved out of her parents' home

1940

Appeared in "Star Dust", loosely based on her own life

1939

Screen acting debut in "Hotel for Women"

1937

Won regional "Gateway to Hollywood" contest; screen-tested by RKO

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources give 1921 as Ms. Darnell's birthyear.

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