Linda Darnell

Born Oct 16, 1923

Linda Darnell was an American film actress. Darnell was a model as a child, and progressed to theater and film acting as an adolescent. At the encouragement of her mother, she made her first film in 1939, and appeared in supporting roles in big budget films for 20th Century Fox throughout the 1940s. She rose to fame with co-starring roles opposite Tyrone Power in adventure films and established a main character career after her role in Forever Amber (1947).… Read More

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1923 Birth Born on October 16, 1923.


1936 12 Years Old In 1936, she entered the Dallas Little Theater and was cast in the southwestern premiere of Murder in the Cathedral. … Read More
1938 14 Years Old Arriving in California alongside Mary Healy and Dorris Bowdon in February 1938, Darnell was initially rejected by film studios and was sent home because she was declared "too young". … Read More
Nevertheless, by age 15, she was signed to a contract at 20th Century Fox and moved to a small apartment in Hollywood all alone on April 5, 1939.
By June 1940, shortly after completing Brigham Young, Darnell achieved stardom and earned "a weekly salary larger than most bank officials."
1941 17 Years Old Months passed by without any work, and in August 1941, she was cast in a supporting role in the musical Rise and Shine (1941). … Read More
In early 1942, Darnell filmed The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe, another film that would not do much to improve her career. … Read More
In April 1943, she was put on suspension, which meant being replaced in the Technicolor musical film The Gang's All Here (1943). … Read More


1944 - 1945 4 More Events
In 1946, Darnell filmed two pictures simultaneously, the expensively budgeted Anna and the King of Siam and Preminger's Centennial Summer. … Read More
1948 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Because Darnell and Marley were unable to have children, they adopted a daughter in 1948, Charlotte Mildred "Lola" Marley (born January 5, 1948), the actress's only child. … Read More
In 1949, Darnell went into psychotherapy for hostile emotions that she had been building since childhood. … Read More


1954 30 Years Old In her later life, she dated actor Dick Paxton and had an affair with Italian director Giuseppe Amato. She married brewery heir Philip Liebmann in February 1954. … Read More
1955 31 Years Old In response, Darnell resorted to charity work, opening facilities accommodating 30 girls in the neighborhood of Rome in 1955. … Read More
1957 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Darnell was married to pilot Merle Roy Robertson from 1957 to 1963.
1963 39 Years Old In 1963, Darnell was granted a divorce from Robertson following an outburst in the courtroom, where she accused her third husband of fathering the baby of a Polish actress.


1964 40 Years Old She was promised a monthly alimony of $350 until July 15, 1964, and $250 until September 15, 1967.
1965 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Darnell died on April 10, 1965, from burns she received in a house fire in Glenview, Illinois early the day before. … Read More
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