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August 21, 2021

40 Fabulous Photos of Marian Nixon in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1904 as Marja Nissinen, American actress Marian Nixon began her career as a teen dancing in choruses in vaudeville. She began appearing in bit part in films in 1922 and landed her first substantial role in the 1923 film Cupid’s Fireman. The following year, she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star.

Nixon continued to work steadily throughout the mid to late 1920s appearing in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925), Hands Up! (1926), and The Chinese Parrot (1927). In 1929, she made her talkie debut as the lead in Geraldine. Later that same year, Nixon appeared in Say It with Songs followed by General Crack in 1930. In 1931, Nixon’s Beauty Arts Institute moved into the Equitable Building of Hollywood; Nixon was president of the company.

In 1932, Nixon starred as Rebecca in the film adaption of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm with Ralph Bellamy. Following the release of Rebecca, Nixon co-starred in Winner Take All with James Cagney. The next year she had a supporting role in John Ford’s Pilgrimage. In 1934, Nixon attempted to change her wholesome image with a role in the comedy We’re Rich Again. The film wasn’t a success and after appearing in eight more films, she retired from acting in 1936. She made her last film, Captain Calamity, at the age of 32.

Marian Nixon died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications following open heart surgery in 1983, aged 78. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Marian Nixon in the 1920s and 1930s.


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