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Name: Linda Darnell  
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Date of Birth: 16th October 1923
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, USA
Profession: Actress
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Linda Darnell

Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress.

Born in Dallas, Texas and one of five children, Darnell was a model by the age of 11 and was acting in theater by the age of 13. She was chosen by a talent scout to go to Hollywood but was sent home to Dallas when they discovered she had lied about her age.

By 1939 she had returned to Hollywood and immediately began to secure good roles, appearing in such films as Blood and Sand, Hangover Square and My Darling Clementine. In 1947 she won the starring role in the highly anticipated Forever Amber. Publicity at the time suggested this would be the next Gone with the Wind, and the search for Amber was deliberately modelled on the extensive process that led to the casting of Scarlett O'Hara, but the film did not live up to its hype.

Darnell played two roles that earned her respect as an actress: as Daphne De Carter in the Preston Sturges comedy Unfaithfully Yours, opposite Rex Harrison, and as one of the three wives in A Letter to Three Wives. Darnell's hard-edged performance in the latter won her the best reviews of her career. She was widely tipped to win an Academy Award nomination for this part, but, when this did not happen, her career began to diminish and her film appearances were sporadic thereafter.

Darnell had three failed marriages, to cameraman J. Peverell Marley (1943-1952), brewery heir Philip Leibmann (1954-55), and pilot Merle Roy Robertson (1957-1963). Apparently unable to conceive, Darnell and Leibmann adopted a daughter, Charlotte "Lola" Marley, who now owns The Smoking Lamp tobacco shop in Charleston, South Carolina. To the detriment of her family life and career, for many years Darnell drank alcohol and ate to excess.

Darnell died on April 10, 1965, from the burns she received in a house fire in Glenview, Illinois, while staying with friends. Her 1940 film Star Dust was playing on television the night of the fire and Darnell fell asleep with a lit cigarette while watching it. She reportedly awoke and tried to save her friend's child in the house -- the young girl had already escaped -- and instead was burned over 80 percent of her body. She died the next day. Her ashes are interred at the Union Hill Cemetery, Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the family plot of her daughter's husband.

She has a star in Hollywood on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1631 Vine St.


  • Hotel for Women (1939)
  • Day-Time Wife (1939)
  • Star Dust (1940)
  • Brigham Young - Frontiersman (1940)
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • Chad Hanna (1940)
  • Meet the Stars: Hollywood Meets the Navy (1941) (short subject)
  • Blood and Sand (1941)
  • Rise and Shine (1941)
  • The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)
  • City Without Men (1943)
  • Show Business at War (1943) (short subject)
  • The Song of Bernadette (1943)
  • Buffalo Bill (1944)
  • It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
  • Summer Storm (1944)
  • Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
  • Hangover Square (1945)
  • The All-Star Bond Rally (1945) (short subject)
  • The Great John L. (1945)
  • Fallen Angel (1945)
  • Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
  • Centennial Summer (1946)
  • My Darling Clementine (1946)
  • Forever Amber (1947)
  • The Walls of Jericho (1948)
  • Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
  • A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
  • Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
  • Everybody Does It (1949)
  • No Way Out (1950)
  • Two Flags West (1950)
  • The 13th Letter (1951)
  • The Guy Who Came Back (1951)
  • The Lady Pays Off (1951)
  • Island of Desire (1952)
  • Night Without Sleep (1952)
  • Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
  • Angels of Darkness (1953)
  • Second Chance (1953)
  • This Is My Love (1954)
  • The Last Five Minutes (1954)
  • Dakota Incident (1956)
  • Homeward Borne (1957)
  • Zero Hour! (1957)
  • The Castilian (1963)
  • Black Spurs (1965)

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