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Nationality USABirth 10 december 1903
at Kentucky (USA
)Death 2 january 1986
(at 82 years) at Los Angeles (USA
Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986) was an American stage, film and television actress.
On March 5, 1945, Merkel was nearly killed when her mother Bess, with whom she was sharing an apartment in New York City, committed suicide by gassing herself. Merkel was overcome by the five gas jets her mother had turned on in their kitchen and was found unconscious in her bedroom.
On March 4, 1952, nearly seven years to the day that Merkel's mother Bess committed suicide, Merkel overdosed on sleeping pills. She was found unconscious by a nurse who was caring for her at the time and remained in a coma for a day.
Merkel was a lifelong practicing Methodist.
Merkel was married once and had no children. She married North American Aviation executive Ronald L. Burla in 1932. They separated in April 1944. Merkel filed for divorce on December 19, 1946 in Miami.