Una Merkel

Actor, Model
This wry, wisecracking blonde never became a star, but brightened up scores of films in the 1930s as the heroine's pal, co-worker or rival. The Kentucky native got her start as a model, drifting into acting in the ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1903 in Covington, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

A Tiger Walks 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Watkins (Actor)

Summer Magic 1963 (Movie)

Maria Popham (Actor)

Summer and Smoke 1961 (Movie)

Mrs Winemiller (Actor)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

Verbena (Actor)

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

The Mating Game 1958 (Movie)

Ma Larkin (Actor)

The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown 1957 (Movie)

Bertha (Actor)

Bundle of Joy 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Dugan (Actor)

The Kentuckian 1955 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

I Love Melvin 1953 (Movie)

Mom Schneider (Actor)

This Is the Army 1942 (Movie)

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Road to Zanzibar 1940 (Movie)

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The Bank Dick 1939 (Movie)

Myrtle Souse (Actor)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)

Lily Belle Callahan (Actor)

Some Like It Hot 1938 (Movie)

Flo Saunders (Actor)

Born to Dance 1935 (Movie)

Jenny Saks (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 (Movie)

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The Merry Widow 1933 (Movie)

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42nd Street 1932 (Movie)

Lorraine Fleming (Actor)

Reunion in Vienna 1932 (Movie)

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The Bat Whispers 1929 (Movie)

Dale Van Gorder (Actor)

Abraham Lincoln (Movie)

Ann Rutledge (Actor)

Beauty for Sale (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

Checkers (Movie)

Mamie Appleby (Actor)

Comin' Round the Mountain (Movie)

Belina Walters (Actor)

Cracked Nuts (Movie)

Sharon (Actor)

Evelyn Prentice (Movie)

Amy Drexel (Actor)

Golden Girl (Movie)

Mrs. Crabtree (Actor)

Her First Mate (Movie)

Hattie (Actor)

It's a Joke, Son! (Movie)

Magnolia Claghorn (Actor)

It's in the Air (Movie)

Alice Churchill (Actor)

Kill the Umpire (Movie)

Betty Johnson (Actor)

Man Wanted (Movie)

Ruth Holman (Actor)

Midnight Mary (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Murder in the Fleet (Movie)

Toots Simmons (Actor)

Murder in the Private Car (Movie)

Georgia (Actor)

On Borrowed Time (Movie)

Marcia Giles (Actor)

Private Lives (Movie)

Sibyl Chase (Actor)

Red Headed Woman (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Rich, Young and Pretty (Movie)

Glynnie (Actor)

Saratoga (Movie)

Fritzi O'Malley (Actor)

She Wanted a Millionaire (Movie)

Mary Taylor (Actor)

Sweethearts of the USA (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

The Bargain (Movie)

Etta (Actor)

The Bride Goes Wild (Movie)

Miss Doberly (Actor)

The Good Old Soak (Movie)

Nellie (Actor)

The Secret of Madame Blanche (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

The White Rose (Movie)

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This Side of Heaven (TV Show)

Actor

True Confession (Movie)

Daisy McClure (Actor)

Twin Beds (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

We Went to College (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Whistling in the Dark (Movie)

Toby Van Buren (Actor)

With a Song in My Heart (Movie)

Sister Marie (Actor)

Biography

This wry, wisecracking blonde never became a star, but brightened up scores of films in the 1930s as the heroine's pal, co-worker or rival. The Kentucky native got her start as a model, drifting into acting in the mid-20s. By 1927, she was appearing on Broadway with Helen Hayes in "Coquette" and three years later was discovered by D.W. Griffith, who cast her as the wan, tragic Ann Rutledge in "Abraham Lincoln".

Relationships

Ronald Burla

Husband
Married businessman Ronald L Burla in 1932, divorced in 1946.

Arno Merkel

Father
died 1977

Elizabeth Merkel

Mother
committed suicide in 1945 nearly killed Merkel as well

Milestones

1966

Final film, "Spinout"

1961

Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for "Summer and Smoke"; reprised stage role

1953

Starred in stage production "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypicker"

1943

Returned to Broadway in "Three's a Family"

1939

Co-starred in "Destry Rides Again"; had memorable fight scene with Marlene Dietrich

1930

Returned to features in D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln" as Ann Rutledge

1927

Broadway debut in "Coquette" alongside Helen Hayes

1925

Made stage debut in "Two by TYwo"

1924

First leading role in the silent film "The Fifth Horseman"

Cast as Gish's sister in film that was never made

Worked as Lillian Gish's stand-in

Appeared in 60 films during the 1930s

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