Marie McDonald (1923 – 1965)

Marie McDonald: American model and actress born Cora Marie Frye, 6 July 1923, Burgin Kentucky; died 21 October 1965, age 42, Calabasas California; overdose of sleeping pills.

After competing in beauty pageants and performing in Broadway stage shows, McDonald appeared regulary in small roles in movies 1942 – 1950, then only three further credits, culminating in the B-grade sex shocker Promises… Promises (1963) featuring Jayne Mansfield.

Nicknamed “the body,” McDonald gained notoriety for her looks and her melodramatic private life, including seven marriages, affairs with married Hollywood actors, a faked kidnapping, a nervous breakdown in Australia, and at least one unsuccessful suicide attempt. While McDonald’s death was ruled accidental, her husband committed suicide less than three months after hdeath, overdosing in the same room.

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