Filled Under: Lynn Baggett
Lynn Baggett (May 10, 1923 – March 22, 1960) was a little known ill-fated actress who had roles in twenty-four movies during her brief ten year Hollywood career.
Lynn Baggett was born on May 10, 1923 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA. Baggett was discovered by a top Warner Brothers talent scout on her way to a department store in July 1942 and subsequently signed to a three-year contract. After her Warner Brothers contract was up, Baggett moved to Universal in late 1946. Baggett appeared in twenty-four movies during her brief ten year Hollywood career (1941-1951), including roles in “D.O.A.” (1950), “The Flame and the Arrow” (1950) and “The Time of Their Lives” (1946). Baggett never reached stardom and her last movie role was in “The Mob” in 1951.
Lynn Baggett is probably most well known for her marriage to “On The Waterfront” producer, Sam Spiegel, who was twenty years her senior. The couple married on April 10, 1948 but separated after only four years and finally divorced on March 31, 1955.
In July of 1954 Lynn Baggett was charged in the hit-and-run death of a nine year old boy. The car she was driving had been loaned to her by actor George Tobias (Mr. Kravits from “Bewitched”). After the accident she fled the scene but turned herself in three days later. In December that same year, Baggett was sentenced to sixty days in county jail and placed on three years probation.
Following the tragic accident and her bitter divorce from Spiegel the following spring, her life quickly spiraled downward. Baggett attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills in June 1959. Later that year she was found suffering from paralysis due to drug addiction and diagnosed as a ‘chronic depressed neurotic’. Baggett was then admitted for short time as a patient in a sanitarium for observation and then released. On March 22, 1960 Lynn Baggett was found dead in her apartment from an apparent overdose of barbiturates in Hollywood, California at the age of 36.