Cecilia Parker
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Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker was a Canadian-born American film actress.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 78
    She died at age 79 on 25 July 1993, after what The New York Times called "a long illness".
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by her husband Robert Sr., a daughter, Ann Bridges of San Diego; two sons, Robert Jr., of Tracy, California and John, of Ventura; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 43
    Though she and the character she played were absent from the last two Andy Hardy films of the 1940s, Parker came out of retirement to play Marian Hardy in one more movie, in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Andy Hardy Comes Home was an attempt to revive and update the series, but it was not a success. Parker then returned to the real estate business that she and her husband operated in Ventura, California, and she acted only very rarely afterward.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 27
    All was apparently forgiven, though, as she made five more pictures at MGM before she retired in 1942.
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  • 1941
    Age 26
    It is rumored that she gave MGM some trouble at one point, because in 1941 she was "loaned" to ultra-low-rent studio Producers Releasing Corporation (one of the smaller production companies) for one picture Gambling Daughters, a fate that usually befell actors who had displeased the higher-ups at the studios.
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  • 1938
    Age 23
    In 1938 she married actor Robert Baldwin, who helped her to become a naturalized citizen in 1940.
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  • 1937
    Age 22
    She was in the original Hardy film, A Family Affair, in 1937, and though the subsequent films had a largely different cast, she remained.
    More Details Hide Details Mickey Rooney played the main character in the series, supported by such Hollywood pros as Lewis Stone, Ann Rutherford, and Fay Holden. The movies were directed by George "one take" Seitz. Out West with the Hardys (1938) features the entire Hardy family on a western trek to a large ranch. You're Only Young Once was the entry which revolved around Parker's romance with a married lifeguard on Catalina Island. Parker's character, Marion, appeared in most of the movies, and her romances were a recurring feature of the series.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 18
    In July 1933, she was chosen to play the heroine in the Ken Maynard western, The Trail Drive (1933).
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she was John Wayne's leading lady in the first singing cowboy movie, Riders of Destiny. After playing the sister of Greta Garbo in 1934's The Painted Veil, Parker signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The studio wanted a blonde who resembled Garbo as a young girl. Her new contract called for a starting salary of $75 a week and scales up to $1000 a week for the seventh year. In November 1935, Parker purchased a new home in Beverly Hills, California. The following year she joined the ballet school of Dave Gould at MGM, along with Maureen O'Sullivan. By the fall of 1936, Parker was studying singing. She played Marian Hardy in the extremely popular Andy Hardy movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Born
    Born on April 26, 1914.
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