Marjorie Weaver: Film actress from the 1930’s to the 1950s

 

Marjorie Weaver  (March 2, 1913 - October 1, 1994)

Marjorie Weaver
(March 2, 1913 – October 1, 1994)

Marjorie Weaver was an American film actress of the 1930s through the early 1950s. Weaver was born on March 2, 1913 in Crossville, Tennessee. She attended the University of Kentucky, and later the University of Indiana, with interests in music. Showing early signs of a musical talent, Weaver began to make use of her beauty and singing capabilities as she tried to find a place for herself in the entertainment business. Weaver found work as a model, band singer, and stage actress in the early 1930s, before appearring in her first film “Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round” (1934) in an uncredited role. Over the next couple years she would receive steady acting roles and began receiving credited roles in larger productions. She starred opposite Ricardo Cortez in the 1937 film “The Californian” and that same year she would appear opposite Tyrone Power in “Second Honeymoon”.

 

Marjorie Weaver and Richard Derr in "Man at Large" (1941)

Marjorie Weaver and Richard Derr in “Man at Large” (1941)

Weaver would go on to star in over twenty five films the next few years with her most notable role in “Young Mr. Lincoln” (1939), which also starred Henry Fonda and Alice Brady. Other films of note during that time include; “I’ll Give a Million” (1938) with Warner Baxter, “Hold That Co-ed” (1938) opposite John Barrymore, “The Cisco Kid and the Lady” (1939) opposite Cesar Romero, the comedy “Sally, Irene and Mary” (1938) with Alice Faye and Joan Davis in which they played a trio of starry-eyed hopefuls, in a couple of The Ritz Brothers vehicles “Life Begins in College” (1937) and “Kentucky Moonshine” (1938), “Murder Among Friends” (1941) and “Man at Large” (1941).

 

Marjorie Weaver (top) with Joan Davis (center) and Alice Faye (bottom) in "Sally, Irene, and Mary" (1938)

Marjorie Weaver (top) with Joan Davis (center) and Alice Faye (bottom) in “Sally, Irene, and Mary” (1938)

In the early 1940s Weaver’s roles began to be less consequential with many of them in “B’ movies. She would co-star in two “Charlie Chan” and three “Michael Shayne” mysteries and in 1944 had a favorable role the serial “The Great Alaskan Mystery”. In 1945, she starred opposite Robert Lowery in “Fashion Model”, which would be her last role of any consequence. After a few minor roles in 1952, Weaver retired from acting.

 

Marjorie Weaver in "Sally, Mary and Irene" (1938)

Marjorie Weaver in “Sally, Mary and Irene” (1938)

Marjorie Weaver married businessman Don Briggs in 1943, with whom she would have a son and a daughter, Joel and Leigh. Weaver and her husband opened a business in Los Angeles, which they operated until retirement, at which time they moved to Austin, Texas. The couple remained married until her death in 1994.

 

Marjorie Weaver was an American film actress of the 1930s through the early 1950s.

Marjorie Weaver was an American film actress of the 1930s through the early 1950s.

Marjorie Weaver died of a heart attack on October 1, 1994, in Austin, Texas.

 

Marjorie Weaver had 42 film credits during her career.

Marjorie Weaver had 42 film credits during her career.

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