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Linda Darnell is a Actor American born on 16 october 1923 at Dallas (USA)

Linda Darnell

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Birth name Monetta Eloyse Darnell
Nationality USA
Birth 16 october 1923 at Dallas (USA)
Death 10 april 1965 (at 41 years) at Glenview (USA)

Linda Darnell (October 16, 1923 – April 10, 1965) was an American film actress.

Darnell was a model as a child, and progressed to theater and film acting as an adolescent. At the encouragement of her mother, she made her first film in 1939, and appeared in supporting roles in big budget films for 20th Century Fox throughout the 1940s. She rose to fame with co-starring roles opposite Tyrone Power in adventure films and established a main character career after her role in Forever Amber (1947). Furthermore, she won critical acclaim for her work in Unfaithfully Yours (1948) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949).


Since Darnell was underage when she arrived in Hollywood, she was tutored on the sets. She planned on attending graduation day at Sunset High School, but she was excluded from it, and instead she graduated from University High School in 1941. Her work schedules prohibited her from enrolling in a university.

In 1940, during the shooting of Star Dust, Darnell for a short time went out with teen idol Mickey Rooney. Her first love was Jaime Jorba, a Mexican whom she met while still in high school. They met again during production of Blood and Sand, but they drifted apart when Jorba announced he could not marry a girl who was in the public eye. Starting at age 17, Darnell dated her publicity agent Alan Gordon, whom she allegedly married in a double wedding with Lana Turner and Joseph Stephen Crane on July 17, 1942. The report turned out to be false, and over the years Darnell became known as "filmland's most eligible bachelorette." Up to 1942, she dated Kay Kyser, Eddie Albert, George Montgomery and Jackie Cooper, among others. At one point, she was set to elope with talent agent Vic Orsatti, only to report later that she was "concentrating on [her] career."

Although a well-loved figure on the 20th Century Fox lot among the cast, crew and lot workers, it was reported that Darnell made only one good friend in Hollywood, actress-singer Ann Miller, whom she met at a Catalina Island benefit. Darnell was very negative about the Hollywood social scene, finding it "nauseating". During her stay in Hollywood, her relationship with her mother Pearl worsened, her mother being an unpopular figure on the lot due to her overbearing and possessive behavior. In 1940, Pearl accused her husband of having an incestuous relationship with Evelyn, one of her children, even though he was not Evelyn's biological father. Following an intense fight between her parents in 1942, Darnell left home with her younger sister Monte and never returned. In spite, Pearl turned to the press, which gained Darnell some bad publicity.

In 1942, Darnell was plagued with extortion letters from an unknown person threatening her with bodily harm unless $2,000 was paid immediately. The studio asked the FBI to protect the actress, and eventually a 17-year-old high school student was arrested for the crime.

On April 18, 1943, at age 19, Darnell eloped with 42-year-old cameraman Peverell Marley in Las Vegas. Darnell and Marley started seeing each other in 1940, and the press dismissed him as her "devoted friend and escort." Most friends and relatives disapproved of the marriage, including 20th Century Fox and her parents, and it was believed that Darnell looked at Marley more as a father figure than her romantic interest. Marley was a heavy drinker and introduced Darnell to alcohol in 1944, which eventually led to an addiction and weight problems. Neighbors and acquaintances recalled the drastic change she underwent in this period, becoming hardened and hot-tempered. In 1946, during production of Centennial Summer, she repeatedly met with Howard Hughes. Although she initially disregarded gossip of an affair, she fell in love with the womanizing millionaire and separated from Marley shortly after finishing My Darling Clementine. When Hughes announced that he had no desire to marry her, Darnell returned to her husband and cancelled divorce proceedings. Shortly after the reunion, her health worsened, caused by the tough production of Forever Amber (1947).

Because Darnell and Marley were unable to have children, they adopted a daughter in 1948, Charlotte Mildred "Lola" Marley (born January 5, 1948), the actress's only child. She also planned to adopt a boy within years, but nothing ever came of it. In mid-1948, she became romantically involved with Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the director of A Letter to Three Wives, and in July 1948, she filed for divorce. Mankiewicz, however, was unwilling to leave his wife for Darnell, and even though the affair would continue for six years, she returned to her husband. Whereas she called him the "great love of her life," Mankiewicz never acknowledged the affair; he only mentioned her to his biographer as a "marvelous girl with very terrifying personal problems." In 1949, Darnell went into psychotherapy for hostile emotions that she had been building since childhood. Darnell's romance with Mankiewicz influenced her personal life. When he left in late 1949 for on location shooting of All About Eve (1950), Darnell fell into a depression and almost committed suicide. She continued to occasionally meet with him until production of The Barefoot Contessa (1954) started.

On January 25, 1949, Darnell went to court to sue her former business manager Cy Tanner for fraud. She testified that he stole $7,250 from her between 1946 and 1947, and Tanner was eventually sent to prison. On July 19, 1950, it was reported that Darnell had separated from her husband. Marley offered a quiet settlement - without mention of Mankiewicz - for a payment of $125,000. She agreed, and she almost lost all of her money. When she filed for divorce from Marley in 1951, she accused her husband of cruelty, claiming he was "rude" and "critical" towards Darnell and her family. Following a five-minute hearing, Darnell was granted a divorce and custody of Charlotte, while Marley was to pay $75 a month for child support.

"At thirty-two, I can see tell-tale marks in the mirror, but the ravages of time no longer terrify me. I am told that when surface beauty is gone, the real woman emerges. My only regret will be that I could not have begun it earlier - that so many years have been ruined because I was considered beautiful."

Darnell shortly after her divorce from Liebmann.

In her later life, she dated actor Dick Paxton and had an affair with Italian director Giuseppe Amato. She married brewery heir Philip Liebmann in February 1954. Due to a lack of physical attraction from her side, Darnell agreed that the marriage would be a business arrangement: she was to be his wife in name only, and in return, he supported her financially. After a while, she grew dissatisfied with her loveless marriage, and she detested her husband for allowing her to lash out at him, as well as cheapening her by buying her lavish presents. In response, Darnell resorted to charity work, opening facilities accommodating thirty girls in the neighborhood of Rome in 1955. Liebmann attempted to save the marriage by adopting a baby named Alfreda, but the marriage ended nevertheless on grounds of incompatibility, and Liebmann kept the girl.

Darnell was married to pilot Merle Roy Robertson from 1957 to 1963. In 1963, Darnell was granted a divorce from Robertson following an outburst in the courtroom, where she accused her third husband of fathering the baby of a Polish actress. She was promised a monthly alimony of $350 until July 15, 1964, and $250 until September 15, 1967.

Best films

Forever Amber (1947)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Blood and Sand (1941)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Usually with

Thomas Little
Thomas Little
(24 films)
Lyle Wheeler
Lyle Wheeler
(14 films)
Ben Nye
Ben Nye
(13 films)
Alfred Newman
Alfred Newman
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Linda Darnell (47 films)

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Black Spurs, 1h21
Directed by R. G. Springsteen
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Terry Moore, Scott Brady, Lon Chaney, Jr., Richard Arlen
Roles Sadie
Rating58% 2.9062552.9062552.9062552.9062552.906255
Santee becomes a bounty hunter to earn enough to marry Anna, the woman he loves. But when he returns to their Kansas town, she has married the sheriff instead.
Black Spurs, 1h21
Directed by R. G. Springsteen
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Terry Moore, Scott Brady, Bruce Cabot, Lon Chaney, Jr.
Roles Sadie
Rating58% 2.9062552.9062552.9062552.9062552.906255
Kansas, 1880, Santee quitte le ranch où il travaille pour devenir chasseur de primes. Après une absence de huit mois, il découvre à son retour que sa jeune fiancée a épousé un autre homme. Pistolero accompli, Santee décide de mettre ses talents aux services de causes très douteuses et rencontre un escroc avec qui il s'associe. Mais, voulant protéger une petite ville, il va finalement se retourner contre ce même associé...
Hollywood Without Make-Up
Directed by Ken Murray
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Kirk Douglas, Ken Murray, Cary Grant, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Eddie Albert
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating71% 3.576773.576773.576773.576773.57677
The film consists of archive footage of famous Hollywood stars, mostly home movies showing the stars as themselves instead of playing a role in front of the camera.
Zero Hour!
Zero Hour! (1957)
, 1h21
Directed by Hall Bartlett
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Noir
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden, Geoffrey Toone, Jerry Paris, Charles Quinlivan
Roles Ellen Stryker
Rating65% 3.299233.299233.299233.299233.29923
During the closing days of the Second World War, six members of his Royal Canadian Air Force fighter squadron are killed due to a command decision made by pilot Ted Stryker (Dana Andrews). Years later, in civilian life in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a guilt-stricken Stryker goes through many jobs, and his marriage is in trouble.
Dakota Incident, 1h28
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Genres Action, Western
Actors Dale Robertson, Linda Darnell, John Lund, Ward Bond, Regis Toomey, Skip Homeier
Roles Amy Clarke
Rating60% 3.0027253.0027253.0027253.0027253.002725
Rick Largo and the Banner brothers hold up a bank. Frank is persuaded to shoot brother Johnny by the greedy Largo, so the loot can be split just two ways.
It Happens in Roma, 1h29
Directed by Giuseppe Amato
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Linda Darnell, Vittorio De Sica, Peppino De Filippo, Rossano Brazzi, Nadia Gray, Sophie Desmarets
Roles Renata Adorni
Rating63% 3.159813.159813.159813.159813.15981
Carlo, un riche industriel (Vittorio De Sica) et Renata, une belle femme indépendante (Linda Darnell), s'associent pour louer un appartement à Rome. Carlo a le coup de foudre pour Renata et lui demande d'être sa femme, au moins en apparence. Renata accepte mais pose une unique condition : si l'un d'eux rencontre le véritable amour, l'autre devra partir. Et quand Renata rencontre Dino (Rossano Brazzi), le vrai-faux-ménage vacille…
This Is My Love, 1h31
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Linda Darnell, Rick Jason, Dan Duryea, Faith Domergue, Connie Russell, Jerry Mathers
Roles Vida Dove
Rating64% 3.2343.2343.2343.2343.234
Vida Dove lives with younger sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Murray Myer, working in a diner he owns. A former beau of hers, Murray fell in love with her sister, married her, then became paralyzed from a car crash. He now suffers from frequent convulsions and is bitter and cruel to Vida, calling her a spinster and cajoling her to marry and move out.
Angels of Darkness, 1h34
Directed by Giuseppe Amato
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Linda Darnell, Valentina Cortese, Lea Padovani, Giulietta Masina, Carlo Dapporto, Anthony Quinn
Roles Lola Baldi
Rating74% 3.7035553.7035553.7035553.7035553.703555
Une maison close est subitement fermée à la suite de la tentative de suicide de l'une de ses pensionnaires, Tamara (Lilla Brignone). Trois de ses consœurs, Lola (Linda Darnell), Vally (Valentina Cortese) et Franca (Lea Padovani) doivent donc se chercher un nouveau toit. Elles trouvent refuge chez une ancienne collègue, Rosa (Giulietta Masina), qui s'est retirée de la profession. Pour les quatre femmes vient alors le temps de la réflexion et des questions sur leurs avenirs
Second Chance, 1h22
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Robert Mitchum, Jack Palance, Linda Darnell, Roy Roberts, Dan Seymour, Sandro Giglio
Roles Clare Shepperd, alias Clare Sinclair
Rating59% 2.951492.951492.951492.951492.95149
A mob bookkeeper (played by Milburn Stone) is confronted, shot, and killed by the utterly ruthless hitman Cappy Gordon (Jack Palance), under orders from the notorious gangster Vic Spilato, who is currently under investigation by the U.S. Senate. Cappy then heads for San Cristóbal, a bustling town in an unspecified Latin American country, with plans to deliver a similar fate to Spilato's estranged girlfriend, the singer Clare Shepperd (Linda Darnell), who is trying to escape her past connections with Spilato.
Saturday Island, 1h42
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray, John Laurie, Hilda Fenemore, Peter Butterworth
Roles Lieutenant Elizabeth Smythe
Rating59% 2.9965852.9965852.9965852.9965852.996585
When a hospital ship strikes a mine during the Second World War, the only survivors are Lieutenant Elizabeth Smythe and Corporal Michael Dugan, who become marooned on an island in the South Pacific, where they slowly bond. Their relationship is complicated by the arrival of a third person, a survivor of plane crash.
Night Without Sleep, 1h17
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Linda Darnell, Gary Merrill, Hildegard Knef, June Vincent, Hugh Beaumont, Donald Randolph
Roles Julie Bannon
Rating59% 2.9549652.9549652.9549652.9549652.954965
A composer, Richard Morton experiences blackouts and cannot account for his actions. He seems to recall a woman's screams and a conversation with his wife, Emily, but it's all a blur.
Blackbeard, the Pirate, 1h39
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, L'Or
Actors Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Keith Andes, Torin Thatcher, Richard Egan
Roles Edwina Mansfield
Rating59% 2.9983052.9983052.9983052.9983052.998305
The film follows British Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard (Keith Andes), who sets out to earn a reward by proving that privateer Henry Morgan (Torin Thatcher) also engages in piracy. Maynard, however, winds up posing as a surgeon on a ship captained by Blackbeard (Robert Newton), who is in the middle of a conflict with Morgan. Blackbeard must deal with Morgan, Maynard, and even his own greedy crew.
The Guy Who Came Back, 1h31
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, American football films, Children's films
Actors Paul Douglas, Joan Bennett, Linda Darnell, Don DeFore, Billy Gray, Zero Mostel
Roles Dee Shane
Rating62% 3.134473.134473.134473.134473.13447
Injured and out of shape, "Hurricane" Harry Joplin is unhappy about not being accepted for World War II duty by the Navy and unhappier still when the New York Titans decline to offer him a new contract, suggesting he become a coach instead. Harry refuses to believe his football days are over.
The Lady Pays Off, 1h20
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Gigi Perreau, Virginia Field, Ann Codee, Nestor Paiva
Roles Evelyn Walsh Warren
Rating60% 3.0035453.0035453.0035453.0035453.003545
Une belle jeune femme, Evelyn Warren, vient d'être élue "professeur de l'année" en Amérique. Elle décide de fêter cet événement en se rendant à Reno où, à la suite d'un excès d'alcool, elle dilapide son argent dans un casino. Son propriétaire, Matt Braddock, menace de tout révéler à la presse, si elle ne donne pas des cours à sa fille. Evelyn essaie alors de séduire Matt...