Linda Darnell

Linda Darnell

Highest Rated: 100% My Darling Clementine (1946)

Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)

Birthday: Oct 16, 1923

Birthplace: Not Available

Daughter of a Texas postal clerk, actress Linda Darnell trained to be a dancer, and came to Hollywood's attention as a photographer's model. Though only 15, Darnell looked quite mature and seductive in her first motion picture, Hotel For Women (1937), and before she was twenty she found herself the leading lady of such 20th Century-Fox male heartthrobs as Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda. Weary of thankless good-girl roles, Darnell scored a personal triumph when loaned out to United Artists for September Storm (1944), in which she played a "Scarlett O'Hara" type Russian vixen. Thereafter, 20th Century-Fox assigned the actress meatier, more substantial parts, culminating in the much-sought-after leading role in 1947's Forever Amber. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz followed up this triumph by giving Darnell two of her best parts--Paul Douglas' "wrong side of the tracks" wife in A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and Richard Widmark's racist girlfriend in No Way Out (1950) (though befitting her star status, Darnell "reformed" at the end of both films). When her Fox contract ended in 1952, Darnell found herself cast adrift in Hollywood, the good roles fewer and farther between; by the mid-1960s, she was appearing as a nightclub singer, touring in summer theatre, and accepting supporting roles on television. Tragically, Darnell died in 1965 of severe burns suffered in a house fire. Ironically, Darnell had a lifelong fear of dying in flames, speaking publicly of her phobia after appearing in a "burned at the stake" sequence in the 1946 film Anna and the King of Siam.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Fallen Angel Actor 2003
No Score Yet Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Grave Desires)(Tomb of the Living Dead) Actor 1972
No Score Yet El Valle de las espadas (The Castillian) (Valley of the Swords) Actor 1963
No Score Yet Zero Hour! Ellen Stryker 1957
No Score Yet Dakota Incident Amy Clarke 1956
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate Edwina Mansfield 1952
No Score Yet Island of Desire Elizabeth Smythe 1952
86% The 13th Letter Denise Turner 1951
No Score Yet The Guy Who Came Back Dee 1951
No Score Yet Two Flags West Elena Kenniston 1950
90% No Way Out Edie Johnson 1950
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane Mrs. Aggie Hobson 1949
94% A Letter to Three Wives Lora Mae Hollingsway 1949
93% Unfaithfully Yours Daphne De Carter 1948
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho Algeria Wedge 1948
11% Forever Amber Amber St. Clair 1947
100% My Darling Clementine Chihuahua 1946
88% Anna and the King of Siam Tuptim 1946
83% Fallen Angel Stella 1945
No Score Yet Hangover Square Netta Longdon 1945
No Score Yet Summer Storm Olga Urbenin 1944
60% It Happened Tomorrow Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens 1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Dawn Starlight 1944
No Score Yet Sweet and Lowdown Trudy Wilson 1944
86% The Song of Bernadette Blessed Virgin 1943
No Score Yet City Without Men Nancy Johnson 1943
No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Virginia Clemm 1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Louise Murray 1941
100% Blood and Sand Carmen Espinosa 1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna Caroline Tridd Hanna 1940
91% The Mark of Zorro Lolita Quintero 1940
No Score Yet Star Dust Carolyn Sayres 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Zina Webb - The Outsider 1940
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife Jane Norton 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Actor 1939
No Score Yet Hotel for Women Marcia Bromley 1939


No Score Yet Playhouse 90
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