Marion Bell

Marion Bell was a highly acclaimed light opera singer of the 1940s. Though she spent her entire career on-stage (but for two film appearances), it was MGM filmmaker Robert Z. Leonard who discovered her singing at age 15 ... Read more »

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Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Soprano (Actor)

Biography

Marion Bell was a highly acclaimed light opera singer of the 1940s. Though she spent her entire career on-stage (but for two film appearances), it was MGM filmmaker Robert Z. Leonard who discovered her singing at age 15 and was so impressed that he decided to oversee her training and career. He signed her to MGM and she was sent on a vaudeville tour with the Marx Brothers. She made her film debut (it was uncredited) in A Night at the Opera (1935) and can be seen shoving her way through a crowd to get to the phone so she could call Aunt Minnie in the famous stateroom scene. Bell made her second and final film appearance as a singer in Ziegfeld Follies (1946). Bell was most active during the '40s, and after playing Fiona in the stage musical Brigadoon (1947), she married the show's librettist, Alan Jay Lerner. By the '50s, Bell's health began to fail and she was forced to slow down considerably, though she did continue touring. Bell died on December 14, 1997, of heart failure.

~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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