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Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
(July 15, 1889 – July 6, 1970) was an American film and stage actress.[1]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Legacy 4 Private life 5 Death 6 Filmography 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Rambeau was born in San Francisco
San Francisco
to Marcel and Lilian Garlinda (née Kindelberger) Rambeau. Her parents separated when she was a child. She and her mother went to Nome, Alaska, where young Marjorie dressed as a boy, sang, and played the banjo in saloons and music halls. Her mother insisted she dress as a boy to thwart amorous attention from drunken grown men in such a wild and woolly outpost as Nome.[2] She began performing on the stage at the age of 12. She attained theatrical experience in a rambling early life as a strolling player. Finally she made her Broadway debut on March 10, 1913, in a tryout of Willard Mack's play, Kick In.[3] Career[edit] In her youth she was a Broadway leading lady. In 1921, Dorothy Parker memorialized her in verse:

If all the tears you shed so lavishly / Were gathered, as they left each brimming eye. / And were collected in a crystal sea, / The envious ocean would curl up and dry— / So awful in its mightiness, that lake, / So fathomless, that clear and salty deep. / For, oh, it seems your gentle heart must break, / To see you weep. ...[4]

Her silent films with the Mutual company included Mary Moreland
Mary Moreland
and The Greater Woman
The Greater Woman
(1917). The films were not major successes but did expose Rambeau to film audiences. By the time talkies came along she was in her early forties and she began to take on character roles in films such as Min and Bill, The Secret Six, Laughing Sinners, Grand Canary, Joe Palooka, and Primrose Path, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1940, Rambeau had the title role in Tugboat Annie Sails Again
Tugboat Annie Sails Again
as well as second billing under Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(the co-star of the original Tugboat Annie) in 20 Mule Team; she also played an Italian mother in East of the River. Other films included Tobacco Road, A Man Called Peter, and Broadway. In 1953, she was again nominated for an Oscar, this time for Torch Song. In 1957, she appeared in a supporting role in Man of a Thousand Faces, a biographical film about the life of Lon Chaney, although she never worked with the real Chaney in silent films. Rambeau played a supporting role in Min and Bill
Min and Bill
with Marie Dressler. Tugboat Annie
Tugboat Annie
was a follow up to Min and Bill, even though it was not a sequel. Rambeau replaced Dressler after her death as Tugboat Annie in the sequel Tugboat Annie Sails Again
Tugboat Annie Sails Again
. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Rambeau has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6336 Hollywood Blvd. Legacy[edit] According to author and New York Daily Mirror
New York Daily Mirror
theatre critic Bernard Sobel, the Reuben sandwich
Reuben sandwich
was invented for Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
upon a visit to Reuben's Restaurant
Reuben's Restaurant
and Delicatessen in New York City.[5] Private life[edit] Rambeau was descended from colonial immigrant Peter Gunnarsson Rambo,[6] who immigrated in the 1600s from Sweden to New Sweden
New Sweden
and served as a justice of the Governor's Council. He was the longest living of the original settlers and became known as the "Father of New Sweden".[7] Rambeau was married three times, she had no children:

The first was in 1913 to Canadian writer, actor, and director Willard Mack. They divorced in 1917. She then married another actor, Hugh Dillman McGaughey, in 1919. They divorced in 1923. Dillman later married Anna Thompson Dodge, widow of automobile magnate Horace Elgin Dodge, and one of the wealthiest women in the world. Rambeau's last marriage was to Francis Asbury Gudger in 1931, with whom she remained until his death in 1967. Gudger was from Asheville, North Carolina. In the winters they often stayed there, and in the summer they lived in Sebring, Florida. His previous wife was killed in an automobile accident in Tampa two years before, but Rambeau and Gudger had been sweethearts years before when the former was the "toast of Broadway".[8]

Death[edit] She died at her home in Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs, California
and was buried at the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.[9][10][11] Filmography[edit]

The Debt (1917)

with George "Gabby" Hayes in In Old Oklahoma, 1943.


The Greater Woman
The Greater Woman
(1917) Motherhood (1917) The Debt (1917) The Mirror (1917) The Dazzling Miss Davison (1917) Mary Moreland
Mary Moreland
(1917) National Red Cross Pageant
National Red Cross Pageant
(1917) The Common Cause (1919) The Fortune Teller (1920) Syncopating Sue
Syncopating Sue
(1926 - playing herself)


Her Man (1930) Min and Bill
Min and Bill
(1930) Great Day (1930; film never completed or released) Inspiration (1931) Trader Horn (1931) [scenes cut] The Easiest Way
The Easiest Way
(1931) A Tailor Made Man (1931) Strangers May Kiss
Strangers May Kiss
(1931) The Secret Six
The Secret Six
(1931) Laughing Sinners (1931) Son of India (1931) This Modern Age
This Modern Age
(1931) Silence (1931) Leftover Ladies (1931) Hell Divers
Hell Divers
(1931) as Mame Kelsey Strictly Personal (1933) The Warrior's Husband (1933) Man's Castle
Man's Castle
(1933) Palooka (1934) A Modern Hero (1934) Grand Canary (1934) Ready for Love (1934) Under Pressure (1935) Dizzy Dames (1935) First Lady (1937) Merrily We Live
Merrily We Live
(1938) Woman Against Woman
Woman Against Woman
(1938) Sudden Money (1939) The Rains Came
The Rains Came
(1939) Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
(1939) Laugh It Off (1939) Santa Fe Marshal
Santa Fe Marshal
(1940) Primrose Path (1940) 20 Mule Team
20 Mule Team
(1940) Tugboat Annie Sails Again
Tugboat Annie Sails Again
(1940) East of the River
East of the River
(1940) Tobacco Road (1941) Three Sons o' Guns
Three Sons o' Guns
(1941) as Aunt Lottie Broadway (1942) In Old Oklahoma
In Old Oklahoma
(1943) Oh, What a Night (1944) Army Wives (1944) Salome, Where She Danced
Salome, Where She Danced
(1945) It's Murder, She Says (1945) short The Walls of Jericho (1948) The Lucky Stiff
The Lucky Stiff
(1949) Any Number Can Play
Any Number Can Play
(1949) Abandoned (1949) Torch Song (1953) Forever Female
Forever Female
(1953) Bad for Each Other (1953) A Man Called Peter
A Man Called Peter
(1955) The View from Pompey's Head
The View from Pompey's Head
(1955) Slander (1957) Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

See also[edit]

Biography portal

List of actors with Academy Award nominations


^ Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
– North American Theatre Online ^ Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel Blum Profile #62 c. 1952 (this second edition c. 1954) ^ Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel C. Blum "Profile #62", c. 1952 (2nd edition c. 1954), no page numbers, pages are referred to as Profiles ^ Parker, Dorothy. "To Marjorie Rambeau." Life. December 8, 1921. p. 7; Silverstein, Stuart Y., ed. (1996). Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker. New York: Scribner. p. 101. ISBN 0-7432-1148-0. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ Sobel, Bernard (1953). "Broadway Heartbeat: Memoirs of a Press Agent". New York City: Hermitage House: 233. OCLC 1514676.  ^ [1] ^ "The Rambo Family Tree: Descendants of Peter Gunnarson Rambo 1611-1986", Beverly Nelson Rambo, p. 690 ^ St. Petersburg Times, November 28, 1932 ^ "Marjorie Rambeau, 'Grande Dame,' Dies". The Milwaukee Journal. AP. July 8, 1970. Retrieved September 30, 2012.  ^ Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 238. ISBN 978-0762741014. OCLC 70284362.  ^ Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
at Find a Grave

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at the Internet Broadway Database
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photo gallery at NYP Library (the man in the color photos with Marjorie is most likely her third husband Francis Gudger) Marjorie Rambeau
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in film "Mary Moreland" Calgary Herald 3 November 1917 Marjorie Rambeau
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National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nina Foch
Nina Foch
(1954) Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
(1955) Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1956) Sybil Thorndike
Sybil Thorndike
(1957) Kay Walsh
Kay Walsh
(1958) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1959) Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
(1960) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1961) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1962) Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford
(1963) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1964) Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
(1965) Vivien Merchant (1966) Marjorie Rhodes
Marjorie Rhodes
(1967) Virginia Maskell
Virginia Maskell
(1968) Pamela Franklin
Pamela Franklin
(1969) Karen Black
Karen Black
(1970) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1971) Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson
(1972) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1973) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
(1974) Ronee Blakley
Ronee Blakley
(1975) Talia Shire
Talia Shire
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1980) Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1981) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Sabine Azéma
Sabine Azéma
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(1988) Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
(1989) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1990) Kate Nelligan (1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1993) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
/ Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
(1996) Anne Heche
Anne Heche
(1997) Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci
(1998) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1999) Lupe Ontiveros
Lupe Ontiveros
(2000) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2001) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2004) Gong Li
Gong Li
(2005) Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
(2011) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
(2012) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2013) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2014) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf

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