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Una Merkel (December 10, 1903, Covington, KentuckyJanuary 2, 1986, Los Angeles) was a Tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated American film actress. December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Downtown Covington has many wooded streets and historic buildings Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. ... January 2 is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...

The 5'4" Merkel resembled the popular actress Lillian Gish, and her resemblance allowed her to enter films in 1920, aged only 16, as Gish's double in the film Way Down East. Lillian Diana de Guiche (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993), was an Oscar-nominated American actress, better known as Lillian Gish. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Way Down East is a 1920 film directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess. ...

She appeared in a few films during the silent era but spent most of her time in New York working on Broadway. She returned to Hollywood and achieved her greatest success with the advent of "talkies". A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... ...

She played Ann Rutledge in the 1930 film Abraham Lincoln and during the 1930s became a popular second lead in a number of films, usually playing the wisecracking best friend of the heroine such as Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Loretta Young, and Dorothy Lamour. With her kewpie doll looks, combined with a strong southern accent and wry line delivery, she enlivened scores of films of the era and worked with most of the superstars of the period. She was an MGM contract player from 1932 to 1938, appearing in as many as twelve films in a year, often on loanout to other studios. She was also often cast as leading lady to a number of comedians in their starring pictures, including Jack Benny, Harold Lloyd, and Charles Butterworth. Ann Rutledge (January 7, 1813 - August 25, 1835) was allegedly Abraham Lincolns first love. ... Jean Harlow (b. ... Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ... Loretta Young in 1935 Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Dorothy Lamour (December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American motion picture actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, died in Hollywood, California. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... Harold Clayton Lloyd (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and director, most famous for his silent comedies. ... Dr. Charles Butterworth (born 1938) is a noted philosopher of the Straussian school and currently a professor of political philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. ...

One of her most famous roles was in the Western Destry Rides Again (1939) in which her character gets into a physical scrap with Marlene Dietrich's character over the affections of the film's leading man, Jimmy Stewart. She played W.C. Fields' elder daughter in The Bank Dick (1940). James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich Destry Rides Again is a 1939 western film directed by George Marshall, starring James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Allen Jenkins, Irene Hervey and Una Merkel. ... Marlene Dietrich IPA: ; (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born actress, singer, and entertainer. ... Jimmy Stewart, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor beloved for his persona as an average guy who faces adversity and tries to do the right thing, an image which was largely reflected in his own... W. C. Fields (January 29, 1880 - December 25, 1946) was an American comedian and actor. ...

Her film career went into decline during the 1940s and although she continued working it was in less prestigious productions. In 1950 she was leading lady to William Bendix in a baseball comedy Kill the Umpire which was a surprise hit. She made a comeback as a middle-aged woman playing mothers and maiden aunts, and in 1956 won a Tony Award for her role on Broadway in The Ponder Heart. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Summer and Smoke (1961). Her final film role was in the Elvis Presley film Spinout (1966). William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Summer and Smoke is a play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a lonely, unmarried ministers daughter who is courted by a former love, a wild, undisciplined doctor. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Spinout is a 1966 musical film and comedy starring Elvis Presley as the lead singer of a band and part-time racecar driver. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...

She died in Los Angeles, California, aged 82, of undisclosed causes. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...

Una Merkel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard. A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...

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ReelJewels.com: Spotlight on Una Merkel (578 words)
Una Merkel was a woman who had an extremely long career by Hollywood standards.
Born on December 10, 1903, Una Merkel was born and raised in Convington, Kentucky.
In 1959, Merkel got a Tony award for her role in "The Ponder Heart." In 1961, she was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting Actress for "Summer In Smoke," a character she had also played on Broadway.
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