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Una Merkel
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Actress
    (December 10, 1903-January 2, 1986)
    Born in Covington, Kentucky
    Birth name was Una Kohnfelder
    Appeared in the films 'Love's Old Sweet Song' (1923), 'The Fourth Horseman' (1924), 'Abraham Lincoln' (1930), 'Daddy Long Legs' (1931), 'The Maltese Falcon' (1931), 'Private Lives' (1931), 'Red-Headed Woman' (1932), '42nd Street' (1933), 'Broadway to Hollywood' (1933), 'Bombshell' (1933), 'The Merry Widow' (1934), 'Broadway Melody of 1936' (1935), 'Born to Dance' (1936), 'Saratoga' (1937), 'Destry Rides Again' (1939), 'The Bank Dick' (1940), 'The Road to Zanzibar' (1941), 'This Is the Army' (1943), 'Kill the Umpire' (1950), 'The Merry Widow' (1952), 'The Girl Most Likely' (1957), 'The Mating Game' (1959), 'The Parent Trap' (1961), 'Summer and Smoke' (1961) and 'Spinout' (1966)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'The Big Show' (1916), 'Coquette' (1927), 'Salt Water' (1929), 'The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker' (1953), 'The Ponder Heart' (1956) and 'Take Me Along' (1959)
    She was typecast as the heroine's wisecracking best friend.
    She was hospitalized in a coma after overdosing on sleeping pills (March 2, 1952).
    She said about her decreasing movie appearances after WWII, 'As I got older, I got tired of playing dizzy telephone operators. Then the movies weren't doing dizzy telephone operators anymore.'
    She began her career as a stand-in for Lillian Gish.
    She was described as having a 'kewpie doll' face.
    She was almost killed when her mother committed suicide by turning on the gas in their shared apartment (March 5, 1945).
    She won a Tony as Best Featured Actress for 'The Ponder Heart' and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for 'Summer and Smoke.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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