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Marilyn Knowlden

In 1931, a one-day effort by Marilyn Knowlden's attorney father led to an interview, a next-day screen test and a large part for four-year-old Marilyn in one of the early "talkies", Women Love Once (1931). A ten-year movie career followed, where she played the daughter of such stars as Claudette Colbert, Katharine Hepburn, Allan Jones and Norma Shearer. She appeared in some of the screen's great classics, including Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), David Copperfield (1935) and Les Misérables (1935), in which she played the child Cosette. She appeared in six films nominated by the Academy for Best Production of the Year and performed with such distinguished actors as Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Greta Garbo and Bette Davis. College, marriage and four children followed. A composer and playwright as well as an actress, she wrote the music and lyrics for ten produced musicals, including three for which she also wrote the scripts. The latter included her musical, "I'm Gonna Get You in the Movies!" for which she drew heavily on her own early experience. After a 50-year hiatus, Marilyn returned to acting in 1994. She appeared in over 20 plays and musicals in San Diego County, including the role of Aunt Abby in "Arsenic and Old Lace," the leads in "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "Quilters," and Prof. Higgins' mother in "My Fair Lady." In 2011 Bear Manor published Marilyn Knowlden's autobiography "Little Girl in Big Pictures."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
  • Isabel as a Girl
1942
83% All This, and Heaven Too
  • Marianna Van Horn
1940
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh
  • Julie Kriza
1940
No Score Yet Hidden Power
  • Imogene
1939
No Score Yet Just Around the Corner
  • Gwendolyn
1938
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Princess Theresa
1938
No Score Yet Barefoot Boy
  • Julia Blaine
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Laury as a Girl
1938
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River
  • Lucille Layton
1936
No Score Yet Easy to Take
  • Gwen Ferry
1936
No Score Yet A Woman Rebels
  • Flora at Age 10
1936
100% Show Boat
  • Younger Kim
1936
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Florence as a Child
1936
100% Les Miserables
  • Little Cosette
1935
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger)
  • Agnes as Child
1935
100% Imitation of Life
  • Jessie (age 8)
1934
No Score Yet My Bridge Experiences
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet The Conquerors
  • Twin
1932
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid
  • Annie
1931
No Score Yet Women Love Once
  • Janet Fields
1931

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