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Also Known As: Monetta Eloyse Darnell Died: April 10, 1965
Born: October 16, 1923 Cause of Death: complications from burns suffered in a fire at the home of her former secretary
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer, model, greeter at regional fairs in the Dallas area

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Linda Darnell was touted by Hollywood wags as "the girl with the perfect face", and for once the description fit. Her cameo-cut china doll face was enough to ensure stardom in glamor-obsessed 1940s Hollywood; surely Darnell could easily fit into the top ten most beautiful women the screen has ever known. And as she matured, her voice deepened into a torchy throb that added intensity to the eventual siren image.

Linda Darnell was touted by Hollywood wags as "the girl with the perfect face", and for once the description fit. Her cameo-cut china doll face was enough to ensure stardom in glamor-obsessed 1940s Hollywood; surely Darnell could easily fit into the top ten most beautiful women the screen has ever known. And as she matured, her voice deepened into a torchy throb that added intensity to the eventual siren image.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Black Spurs (1965) Sadie
2.
 The Castilian (1963)
3.
 Zero Hour! (1957) Ellen Stryker
4.
 Donne Proibite (1956)
5.
 Dakota Incident (1956) Amy Clarke
6.
 This Is My Love (1954) Vida Dove
7.
 Second Chance (1953) Clare Sheppard, previously known as Clare Sinclair
8.
 Island of Desire (1952) Lt. Elizabeth Smythe
9.
 Night Without Sleep (1952) Julie Bannon
10.
 Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) Edwina Mansfield
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Milestones close milestones

1937:
Won regional "Gateway to Hollywood" contest; screen-tested by RKO
1939:
Screen acting debut in "Hotel for Women"
1940:
Appeared in "Star Dust", loosely based on her own life
1942:
Moved out of her parents' home
1944:
Loaned out to UA for "Summer Storm"; image change began
1945:
New career phase ushered in with release of "Hangover Square" and "Fallen Angel"
1946:
Slightly burned while filming scene for "Anna and the King of Siam"
1947:
Won role of Amber St. Clair over Lana Turner and 213 others in "Forever Amber"
1948:
Had career triumph in "A Letter to Three Wives"
1949:
Lost role of "Pinky" to Jeanne Crain
1950:
Received strong notices for nonglamorous role in "No Way Out"
1952:
Final film for Fox, "Night Without Sleep"
1956:
Stage debut in "A Roomful of Roses" in Phoenix, Az.; First appeared in TV dramas; made Broadway debut in "Harbor Lights", which closed after four performances
1959:
Learned lines via hypnosis in Chicago, for theater production of "Late Love"
1960:
Made nightclub debut at the Town House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1965:
Made last film, "Black Spurs", at Paramount
1965:
Watched late show of "Star Dust" with friends before falling asleep with lit cigarette (April 9)
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Notes

"Let's have some laughs. Let's all stay up and watch 'Stardust'." --Linda Darnell just five hours before the fire that killed her.

Some sources give 1921 as Ms. Darnell's birthyear.

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husband:
J Peverell Marley. Director of photography. Eloped to Las Vegas on April 18, 1942; divorced on February 20, 1951.
companion:
Joseph L Mankiewicz. Director-screenwriter. Had longterm affair while Darnell was married to Marley and Mankiewicz was in second marriage; directed Darnell in "A Letter to Three Wives" and "No Way Out"; she ended relationship when he refused to cast her in 1954's "The Barefoot Contessa".
husband:
Philip Liebmann. Executive. Married in Mexico on February 25, 1954; divorced on December 2, 1955 in Mexico; president of Liebmann Breweries and creator of Miss Rheingold.
husband:
Merle Roy Robertson. Pilot. Married on March 3, 1957 in Riverside, California; divorced on November 23, 1963 after she learned he had impregnated a Yugoslavian actress.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Pearl Darnell. Housewife.
father:
Calvin Darnell. Postal clerk.
sister:
Undeen Darnell Hunter.
sister:
Monte Darnell.
brother:
Cal Darnell.
daughter:
Charlotte Mildred Adams. Born on January 5, 1948; adopted in 1948 while Darnell was married to Peverell Marley.
daughter:
Alfreda Liebmann. Adopted late in marriage while Darnell was married to Philip Liebmann; upon divorce Liebmann kept child; Darnell seems never to have acknowledged or mentioned her again.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Fox Girls" Arlington House
"The Decline and Fall of the Love Goddesses" Pinnacle Books
"Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream" University of Oklahoma Press

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