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May 24, 2024

30 Fabulous Photos of Florence Marly in the 1940s

Born 1919 as Hana Smékalová in Obrnice, Czechoslovakia, Czech-born French film actress Florence Marly played a major role in René Clément’s Les Maudits (1947), a fictionalized account showing the fate of Nazi refugees. After moving to Hollywood, she acted in Paramount’s film Sealed Verdict opposite Ray Milland. Next year, she starred in Stuart Heisler’s Tokyo Joe (1949) alongside Humphrey Bogart. Marly’s acting in the espionage film Tokyo File 212 brought her appreciations. It was Hollywood’s first feature film to be shot entirely in Japan.

In 1962, Marly appeared in a small role as a gangster’s girlfriend in the Twilight Zone episode Dead Man’s Shoes. She had the eponymous role of a blood-thirsty vampire queen in Curtis Harrington-directed science fiction horror film Queen of Blood (1966), based on a novel by Charles Nuetzel. It met with positive reviews. She made a 16 mm sequel to Queen of Blood titled Space Boy! (1973).

Marly died in 1978 at the age of 59. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of a young Florence Marly in the 1940s.


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