Marion Marshall
Marshall in trailer for The Stooge (1952)
Marian Lepriel Tanner

(1929-06-08)June 8, 1929
DiedSeptember 24, 2018(2018-09-24) (aged 89)
Years active1947–1975
Allen Davey
(m. 1945; div. 1946)
(m. 1952; div. 1959)
(m. 1963; div. 1971)
Children3, including Joshua Donen and Katie Wagner

Marion Marshall (June 8, 1929[citation needed] – September 24, 2018) was an American actress.


Marshall's first film appearances were in the 20th Century Fox films Gentleman's Agreement and Daisy Kenyon in 1947 (although they were both uncredited). She went on to play roles (many minor) in over 25 more films until 1967.[1]

Marshall had a small but significant role in I Was a Male War Bride (1949) as the best friend of Ann Sheridan's leading character. She was featured prominently in three Martin and Lewis comedy films, The Stooge, Sailor Beware and That's My Boy, with stars Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Among her television appearances, she guest starred twice on Perry Mason in 1959. She played murderer Irene Bedford in "The Case of the Shattered Dream," and title character Ginny Hobart in "The Case of the Spurious Sister".

Personal life

Marshall married three times, her first husband being the cameraman Allen Davey. In 1950 she was engaged to director Howard Hawks,[2] but a wedding never took place. Her second husband (from May 20, 1952,[3] until 1959) was director Stanley Donen, with whom she had two sons, Peter and Joshua.

On July 21, 1963, in New York City, she married actor Robert Wagner following a 20-month engagement.[4] They had one daughter, Katie, before divorcing in 1971.[5]

Marshall died on September 24, 2018, at a retirement community in Missoula, Montana, at the age of 89.[6]



  1. ^ Marion Marshall profileArchived July 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Marion Marshall, Hawks To Be Wed". The Capital.
  3. ^ "Film Actress, Movie Director Honeymoon". Redlands Daily Facts. May 21, 1952.
  4. ^ "Robert Wagner Takes Second Wife". The Kansas City Times. July 22, 1963.
  5. ^ "Robert Wagner's Marriage Ends". The Spokesman-Review. October 14, 1971.
  6. ^ "Marion Marshall, 89". Classic Images (525): 42. March 2019.

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