Monday, October 10, 2011

RIP Marilyn Nash

Marilyn Nash, Charles Chaplin's young leading lady in the critical and box-office disappointment Monsieur Verdoux, has died. She was either 84 or 85, according to the IMDb. Author Jeffrey Vance announced Nash's death on his Facebook wall. Like most of Chaplin's discoveries — Paulette Goddard and Claire Bloom are two glaring exceptions — the Detroit-born (Oct. 1926) Nash didn't have much of a career. Marilyn Nash was planning on a career as a doctor when, while a student at the University of Arizona, she visited Los Angeles and met Charles Chaplin, who placed her under contract (starting at $50 a week) and cast her in his production "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947). She appeared in a second and last film, the science-fiction "Unknown World" (1951).According to the book The William Castle Story. (Nash was friends with William Castle, whom she met through her first husband, screenwriter Philip Yordan, whose credits include "Detective Story", "Johnny Guitar", and "El Cid". In addition to her couple of movies, Nash also made a couple of television appearances in the '50s. She later settled in Oroville in Northern California, where she at times acted as a casting director for movies shot in the area. She also wrote a book, Secrets of Hollywood Heydays, in which she "shares Hollywood secrets, and reveals her diet and healthy living programs."

NASH, Marilyn
Born: 10/?/1926, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 10/7/2011, Oroville, California, U.S.A.

Marilyn Nash's western - actress:
Hopalong Cassidy (TV) - 1952 (Betty Turner)

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