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Lynn Merrick R.I.P.

RIP, Miss Merrick. Not well remembered today, but a great B actress who probably could have amounted to much more in films at bigger studios than Republic and Columbia. Although she appeared in numerous B-westerns, I will mostly remember her for her witty, tongue-in-cheek comedy roles in supremely enjoyable minor musicals like The Blonde from Brooklyn and for her turn as the mystery woman in the marvellous noir parody I Love Trouble. One of my very favorite personalities of the 40s for sure.

Article found:

Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2007 Monday
Home Edition

Obituaries;
Lynn Merrick, 85; B-western actress appeared in over 40
movies in the 1940s


BYLINE: Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer


Lynn Merrick, a Republic and Columbia Pictures contract
player in the 1940s and best remembered by western film fans
as one of Don "Red" Barry's frequent leading ladies at
Republic, has died. She was 85.


Merrick died March 25 after a long illness at her home in
West Palm Beach, Fla., said Phil Schoen, her second cousin.


The blond, blue-eyed actress appeared in more than 40 films
in the 1940s, beginning with "Two Gun Sheriff," starring
Barry in 1940. Dubbed Barry's "perennial screen sweetheart"
in Buck Rainey's 1992 book "Sweethearts of the Sage,"
Merrick appeared in 15 other Barry westerns at Republic over
the next three years, including "Days of Old Cheyenne,"
"Dead Man's Gulch" and "Outlaws of Pine Ridge."


"She was very well known and popular at the time," said Boyd
Magers, editor and publisher of Western Clippings, a western
film publication. "She wasn't a great thespian, but she was
good enough, and that's all it took in those B westerns."


Merrick, who worked at several other studios before signing
with Republic in 1941, moved to Columbia Pictures in 1943.


At Columbia, she starred in "The Blonde From Brooklyn,"
co-starred with Bob Crosby in "Meet Miss Bobby Socks" and
with Richard Dix in "Voice of the Whistler." She also was
Chester Morris' leading lady in "Boston Blackie Booked on
Suspicion" and "A Close Call for Boston Blackie," among
other credits.


Marilyn Merrick Llewelling was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Fort
Worth. After moving to California, she studied acting,
worked as a model and was appearing in a theater production
when she was spotted by a studio talent scout.


Her last film at Columbia, "I Love Trouble," was released in
1948. Merrick did some film and television work in Europe
and appeared in summer theater in the United States for a
time.


She was married twice -- first to actor Conrad Nagel in the
mid-'40s and then, from 1949 to 1956, to Robert Goelet Jr.,
a movie producer and the heir to a family fortune. She had
no children.


After ending her acting career in the '50s, Merrick worked
in the fashion industry in New York and served as an
executive field director for the Barbizon School of Modeling
from 1967 to 1974, Schoen said.


She later worked in sales at department stores in California
and Florida.


Merrick put her Hollywood years behind her, Schoen said,
relegating old publicity photos and newspaper clippings to a
trunk.


But a few years ago, she became more open to discussing her
days in Hollywood with friends and neighbors in the
apartment complex for seniors where she lived.


"I think she came to grips with it," Schoen said. "You might
as well enjoy it. She actually kept a small supply of the
pictures under her bed. If someone came over and asked for
one, she'd sign it and give it to them."

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