Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Living In A Big Way

In 1947 Marie starred in the musical Living In A Big Way. She plays a beautiful model who marries a soldier going off to war. Gregory LaCava directed and produced the movie. The cast includes Gene Kelly, Phyllis Thaxter, and Spring Byington. Marie and Gene did not get along with each other during filming. Unfortunately Living In A Big Way got mixed reviews and was not a hit. Marie said "Nobody saw that picture except my husband and mother. It was a great script we had. Then it was torn in half and thrown out the window by a genius at Metro." You can watch some clips here ...

Gene Kelly and Marie

 Marie and Gene Kelly
With director Gregory LaCava

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It's A Pleasure

In 1945 Marie had a supporting role in the technicolor comedy It's A Pleasure. She plays a seductive woman who tries to steal an ice skaters husband. The cast includes Sonja Henie, Michael Johnson, and Bill O'Shea. Marie had to dye her hair red because Sonja refused to appear onscreen with another blonde actress. You can watch some clips here ...

 With Michael O'Shea

Saturday, April 4, 2015


In 1943 Marie had a supporting role in the drama Tornado. She plays Diana Linden, the sister of a wealthy mine owner. The cast includes Nancy Kelly, Chester Morris, and Morgan Conway. You can watch some clips here ...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I Love A Soldier

In 1944 Marie had a supporting role in the romantic drama I Love A Soldier. She plays a young woman living in San Francisco during World War 2. The cast includes Paulette Goddard, Sonny Tufts, and Ann Doran. You can watch some clips here ...

Paulette Goddard and Marie

Marie, Ann Doran, and Paulette Goddard

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Marie's Jewelry Line

During the late 1950s Marie had her own line of costume jewelry. Here is a necklace and earrings set she designed ...

Images from Etsy

Monday, February 16, 2015

Marie In Pardon My Sarong

In 1942 Marie has a small part in the comedy Pardon My Sarong. She plays a beautiful native woman living on an uncharted island. The cast includes Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and Nan Wynn. You can watch one of Marie's scenes here ...

Marie, Bud Abbott, Nan Wynn, and Lou Costello

Marie On The Radio

On May 12, 1949 Marie was a guest on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show. You can listen to the entire episode here ...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Meet Marie's Men

Marie was always searching for true love but all she got from her husbands and boyfriends was heartache. When she was nineteen Marie married actor Richard Allord. After three weeks of marriage she had it annulled. In 1944 Richard was arrested for fraud.

She married her second husband, agent Vic Orsatti, in 1943. They divorced four years later. She said "I still think that Vic is a wonderful person, but it’s a case of two people making each other unhappy. I’m not trying to be Hollywood, but I’m much too fond of Vic to let our marriage develop into a series of quarrels and nagging scenes."

Marie had a passionate affair with mobster Bugsy Siegel in 1946

In 1947 she married shoe tycoon Harry Karl. Their tumultuous on-again off-again romance lasted until 1958.

She had an affair with Eddie Fisher in 1957 while he was married to Debbie Reynolds. Four years later Debbie married Marie's ex-husband Harry Karl.

Marie was engaged to Michael Wilding for a short time in 1957

She married William Morris agent Louis Bass in 1959. The marriage ended after one year. Marie told reporters "I'm going to be the gayest divorcee this town has ever seen."

In 1960 she eloped with lawyer Edward Callahan . She had the marriage annulled forty-eight hours later

She married producer Donald F. Taylor in 1963. Just two years later Marie died in their bedroom from an overdose of sleeping pills. In 1966 Donald committed suicide in the same bedroom.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Marie loved her fans and she never turned down an autograph request. She signed many of her 
photos with the greeting "Hi!". Here are some authentic autographs from Marie ...