Marie McDonald

Actress + Singer
Born Jul 6, 1923

Marie McDonald was an American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" and later nicknamed "The Body".

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1923 Birth Born on July 6, 1923.


1939 16 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1939, McDonald was named "Miss New York State".
1940 17 Years Old 1 More Event
After auditioning for Tommy Dorsey in December 1940, she joined Dorsey & His Orchestra on his radio show and she later performed with other big bands. … Read More
1942 19 Years Old In 1942, she was put under contract by Universal for $75 a week and immediately appeared in several minor roles. … Read More


1943 - 1944 2 More Events
1945 22 Years Old Her next starring role came when she worked for independent producer Edward Small as the title character in the 1945 screwball comedy Getting Gertie's Garter.
1947 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1947, McDonald signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and co-starred with Gene Kelly Living in a Big Way (1947). … Read More
1950 27 Years Old In 1950, McDonald appeared in Once a Thief and Hit Parade of 1951 which would be her final films for the next eight years. … Read More


1955 32 Years Old 1 More Event
By January 1955 however, McDonald claimed that plans to remarry were "all off" because she discovered she was allergic to Karl.
1956 33 Years Old They separated in March 1956 and, in May, Karl filed for divorce claiming that McDonald had beat him, causing him "grievous mental suffering". … Read More
1957 34 Years Old McDonald and Karl reconciled again in 1957 but separated again in December 1957. They divorced for good on April 16, 1958.
1958 35 Years Old During her final separation from Karl, McDonald began dating George Capri. Capri was one of the owners of the Flamingo Las Vegas. On June 12, 1958, Capri accompanied McDonald to the hospital after she accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills while the two were staying in Las Vegas. The following month, McDonald told the media that the two planned to marry after Capri's divorce. They broke up in September 1958.
1959 36 Years Old On May 23, 1959, McDonald married television executive Louis Bass in Las Vegas. … Read More
1961 38 Years Old On August 6, 1961, she married banker and attorney Edward Callahan in Las Vegas.
1962 39 Years Old On September 17, 1962, Callahan filed suit in Los Angeles asking for a divorce from McDonald for mental cruelty or that the marriage be annulled due to fraud. … Read More


1963 40 Years Old McDonald married for the sixth time to Donald Taylor in 1963. … Read More
1965 42 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 21, 1965, McDonald's sixth husband, Donald F. Taylor, found McDonald's body slumped over her dressing table in their Hidden Hills, California home. … Read More
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