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Linda Darnell

Highest Rated:   100% My Darling Clementine (1946)
Lowest Rated:   14% Forever Amber (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Second Chance
  • Clare Shepperd/Clare Sinclair
1953
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate
  • Edwina Mansfield
1952
No Score Yet Island of Desire
  • Elizabeth Smythe
1952
83% The 13th Letter
  • Denise Turner
1951
No Score Yet Two Flags West
  • Elena Kenniston
1950
83% 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
14% Forever Amber
  • Amber St. Clair
1947
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Chihuahua
1946
88% Anna and the King of Siam
  • Tuptim
1946
80% Fallen Angel
  • Stella
1945
No Score Yet Hangover Square
  • Netta Longdon
1945
No Score Yet Summer Storm
  • Olga Urbenin
1944
No Score Yet It Happened Tomorrow
  • Sylvia Smith / Sylvia Stevens
1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill
  • Dawn Starlight
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Blessed Virgin
1943
No Score Yet City Without Men
  • Nancy Johnson
1943
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
100% 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

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