Sunday, August 14, 2016

Marion's Death and Final Resting Place

As Marion grew older she began suffering from severe depression. In 1935 she attempted suicide by swallowing poison. She recovered but often talked about taking her own life. Marion and her husband Ross lived with her parents in Alhambra, California. Tragically in February of 1951 her beloved mother Eloise died. Marion had numerous health problems but she dreamed of acting again. She became despondent when she did not get a television role she auditioned for. On July 10 Marion, her husband Ross, and their dog went house hunting. That evening they checked into a Culver City motel. Marion was very depressed and swallowed a handful of bi-chloride of mercury tablets. Her last words to her husband were "I dropped one of the tablets on the floor and I'm afraid the dog will get it". She collapsed and was taken in an ambulance to LA's General Hospital.

Marion spent eleven days unconscious in the hospital and passed away on July, 21, 1951. She was only forty-eight years old. The official cause of her death was suicide. Her father, James Aye, told police that she was suffering from uremic poisoning. Marion's husband Ross said that she had a "chronic illness" but he never took her threats of suicide seriously. In a 1935 interview Marion said "Friends console me by talking about what I used to be but I'm sick of living in the past."

Marion was buried next to her mother Eloise Emma Aye at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The epitaph on her headstone says "Maryon Eloise Aye Our Beloved Daughter". Her grave is located in the Tranquility section. Many other stars are buried at Forest Lawn including Elizabeth Taylor, Carole Landis, and Jean Harlow. Marion's father James H. Aye died on January 12, 1961 at the age of 80. He was buried at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. Her widower Ross Forrester died on December 22, 1964 at the age of 66.

Marion's grave at Forest Lawn

Saturday, August 6, 2016

1935 Newspaper Interview

In the Spring of 1935 Marion attempted suicide by swallowing poison. She was upset about her failed movie career and the death of her second husband Harry Wilson. She gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times about her recovery.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Marion On The Cover

Marion appeared on the cover of The National Police Gazette TWICE!

 May 20, 1922

August 20, 1921

Friday, April 29, 2016

Marion's Westerns With Bob Reeves

In the Fall of 1921 Marion was hired to star in a series of Western shorts called Cactus Features. Her leading man was Bob Reeves. Between 1921 and 1922 Marion and Bob made 18 shorts together including Streak Of Yellow, Phantom Of The Hills, Double Reward, Fingers Of Fate, and West Meets East. The movies were directed and produced by Albert Rogell. Sadly all of the Cactus Features are now considered lost.

Bob Reeves and Marion in Streak Of Yellow

Olin Francis, Bob Reeves, and Marion in West Meets East

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The WAMPAS Baby Stars Of 1922

In March of 1922 The Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (also known as WAMPAS) chose thirteen starlets to be their "Baby Stars" or "Stars Of Tomorrow". They predicted that these promising young actresses were going to become big stars. Eighteen year old Marion was chosen to be one of the first WAMPAS Baby Stars. It probably was not a coincidence that her husband, publicist Harry Wilson, had helped create this promotional campaign.

 The other Baby Stars of 1922 were Helen Ferguson, Lila Lee, Jacqueline Logan, Louise Lorraine, Bessie Love, Kathryn McGuire, Patsy Ruth Miller, Colleen Moore, Mary Philbin, Pauline Starke, Lois Wilson, and Claire Windsor. The actresses were honored at a lavish party held at the Ambassador hotel. A new group of WAMPAS Baby Stars were chosen every year until 1934. It became a popular publicity stunt although only a few of these actresses ever became major stars.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Marion & The Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties

Marion became one Hollywood's legendary bathing beauties when she was just fifteen years old. In the Fall of 1918 she was walking along the beach when producer Mack Sennett saw her and offered her a job. He said he was intrigued by her "personal charm and individuality". Marion posed for countless pin-up pictures and appeared in Sennett's comedies Hearts and Roses and Yankee Doodle In Berlin. In 1919 Marion went on a tour across the country to promote Yankee Doodle In Berlin. She and the other bathing beauties made personal appearances at movie theaters where they sang, danced, and posed for photos.

Marion is on the right

Marion is in the middle

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hearts And Flowers With The Bathing Beauties

In 1919 Marion had a small role in the Mack Sennett comedy Hearts And Flowers. She appears in a scene with Phylis Haver, Harriet Hammond, Virginia Fox, and the other bathing beauties. It was filmed at Castle Rock beach in Los Angeles. You can watch Marion's scene here ...

Marion is on the left

 Marion is last on the right

 Phyllis Haver (second from left) and Marion (second from right)