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March 31, 2022

40 Stunning Photos of Marilyn Maxwell in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1921 in Clarinda, Iowa, American actress and entertainer Marilyn Maxwell started her professional entertaining career as a radio singer and a singer on stage with Ted Weems’ big band while still a teenager, then she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1942 as a contract player.

Among the radio programs in which Maxwell appeared were Beat the Band and The Abbott and Costello Show. Some of her film roles included Lost in a Harem (1944) with Abbott and Costello, Champion (1949) with Kirk Douglas, The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) with Bob Hope, New York Confidential (1955) with Broderick Crawford, and Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) with Jerry Lewis. The popular Christmas song “Silver Bells” made its debut in The Lemon Drop Kid, sung by Maxwell and Hope.

Maxwell appeared twice as a singer in the second season (1955–1956) of The Jimmy Durante Show. She appeared as the mystery guest of ‘What’s My Line’ 10th of May 1953. At one point, a blind-folded panelist asked whether or not she was Marilyn Monroe.

Maxwell was found dead in 1972 in her home, at age of 50, by her 15-year-old son, who had arrived home from school. The cause was an apparent heart attack. These stunning photos captured portraits of a young and beautiful Marilyn Maxwell in the 1940s and ’50s.


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