Linda Darnell

Linda Darnell


10/16/1923, Dallas Texas



Birth Name

Monetta Eloyse Darnell


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Beautiful, Texas born beauty who was known as the "Girl with the Perfect Face." Best years were in the 1940's when she appeared in such fims as Blood and Sand, Mark of Zorro, Song of Bernadette, A Letter to Three Wives, Hangover Square, and Forever Amber. Her career…more


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  • Trivia

    • Linda's favorite leisure time activity was golf. She took up the sport because her first husband was a golf addict.

    • On March 18, 1940, Linda preserved her hands and footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

    • Linda is buried in Union Hill Cemetary in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

    • Linda was Lana Turner's bridesmaid at her first marriage to second husband Stephen Crane.

    • In 1956, Linda appeared as the Mystery Guest on an episode of What's My Line?

    • LInda's life was once featured on an episode of A&E's Biography.

    • Linda has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 1631 Vine Street.

    • Linda's role in The Song of Bernadette was unbilled in the final credits.

    • Once appeared with Alan Alda's father, Robert Alda, in a Broadway play entitled Harbor Lights. It lasted only four performances.

    • Linda was the third most popular pin-up among G.I.'s in World War II trailing only Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth.

    • Linda's mother, who had suffered a series of strokes and was living in a nursing home, was never informed about her daughter's death. Linda's brother, living in England at the time, sent her postcards postmarked from Europe with Linda's name on them. Mrs. Darnell would pass away within a year of her famous daughter.

    • The Hollywood press dubbed Linda "the girl with the perfect face."

    • Linda could reportedly cuss like a sailor whenever she got riled.

    • Linda always insisted that her older sister, Undean, had the best figure in her family.

    • Linda's final TV appearance was an episode of Burke's Law entitled Who Killed His Royal Highness? which aired on February 21, 1964.

    • Linda was able to speak with her daughter, Lola, who had been located at boarding school and placed on an emergency flight to Chicago, before she passed away.

    • It was rumored in Hollywood for years that Linda's adopted daughter, Lola, was the product of one of her first husband's affairs but this has never been substantiated.

    • Sadly, Linda became a full-fledged alcoholic during her final years although it rarely impaired her actual work on a stage, TV, or movie set.

    • Taking correspondence courses on the set allowed Linda to graduate on time with the rest of her high school class at Sunset High School in Dallas.

    • Linda co-starred with Henry Fonda twice: 1940's Chad Hanna and 1946's My Darling Clementine.

    • Linda's last film appearance was in the 1965 western Black Spurs which she completed filming only a few weeks before her death.

    • Linda co-starred with Rex Harrison twice: in Anna and the King of Siam in 1946 and in Unfaithfully Yours in 1948. The two reportedly did not get along at all.

    • Linda co-starred with Richard Widmark and a young Sidney Poitier in the 1950 drama about racial tension entitled No Way Out.

    • Linda had an affair with director Joseph Mankiewicz on the set of A Letter to Three Wives. She later said that Mankiewicz was the only man she ever truly fell in love with but he apparently treated their affair as little more than a booty call.

    • Linda co-starred with Tyrone Power in three movies: Daytime Wife, The Mark of Zorro, and Blood and Sand.

    • Linda once said that No Way Out and A Letter to Three Wives were the only decent pictures she ever did.

    • Linda's first husband, J. Pavarell Marley, is one of only six cinematographers to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • Linda was one of four children conceived by her natural mother and father. She had an older sister and a younger brother and sister. Her mother had a boy from her first marriage whom she put up for adoption after her first husband abandoned her. Linda would meet her older half-brother years later when appearing on stage in Tulsa, OK.

    • Hollywood lore states that Linda died from a fire caused by her drinking heavily and smoking in bed while intoxicated. In reality, Linda had not been drinking that night according to her friend (the owner of the house) and the fire began outside her bedroom from an unknown source. Linda was trapped inside as she tried to exit. Eventually she was rescued but suffered severe burns on over 90% of her body. She died the following day.

    • Linda was unable to conceive a child on her own so she and first husband J. Peverell Marley adopted a daughter whom they named Lola.

    • Linda was married and divorced three times. Her first husband was cameraman J. Peverell Marley. This marriage lasted from 1944 to 1952. Second husband was businessman Philip Liebman. This marriage lasted from 1954 to 1955. Third and final husband was Merle Robertson whom Linda married in 1957 and divorced in 1962.

    • Linda's mother was an overbearing woman who put the "mother" in the term stage mother. She would eventually end up being barred from studio grounds.

    • She made her first movie, Hotel for Women, when she was only 16.

    • Linda's father was a postal clerk. When the family moved from Dallas to Hollywood he got himself a transfer to the Hollywood post office.

    • Her nickname among family members was Tweedles.

    • Linda dated Howard Huges for a time in the mid-40's when she was separated from her first husband. She would eventually break things off with Hughes and reconcile (for a time) with her husband.

    • Linda appeared on two episodes of Wagon Train: The Dora Gray Story and The Sacramento Story. She played the same character in both episodes.

    • Linda originally lied about her age when she went out to Hollywood at 15. When the studio discovered her true age, they told her to come back in a year which she did.

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