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March 19, 2020

34 Glamorous Photos of Mary Nolan in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1902 in Louisville, Kentucky, American actress, singer and dancer Mary Nolan began her career as a Ziegfeld girl in the 1920s performing under the stage name Imogene "Bubbles" Wilson. She was fired from the Ziegfeld Follies in 1924 for her involvement in a tumultuous and highly publicized affair with comedian Frank Tinney.

Nolan left the United States shortly thereafter and began making films in Germany. She appeared in seventeen German films from 1925 to 1927 using a new stage name, Imogene Robertson.

Upon returning to the United States in 1927, Nolan attempted to break from her previous scandal ridden past and adopted yet another stage name, Mary Nolan. She was signed to Universal Pictures in 1928 where she found some success in films.

By the 1930s, her acting career began to decline due to her drug abuse and reputation for being temperamental. After being bought out of contract with Universal, Nolan was unable to secure film work with any major studios. She spent the remainder of her acting career appearing in roles in low-budget films for independent studios, and made her final film appearance in 1933.

After her film career ended, Nolan appeared in vaudeville and performed in nightclubs and roadhouses around the United States. Her later years were plagued by drug problems and frequent hospitalizations.

Nolan returned to Hollywood in 1939 and spent her remaining years living in obscurity before dying of a barbiturate overdose in 1948, aged 45.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Mary Nolan in the 1920s and 1930s.


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