Who was Marjorie Reynolds?
Marjorie Reynolds was an American actress who appeared in more than 50 films and television shows in her career. She was born as Marjorie Goodspeed in Buhl, Idaho, on August 12, 1917, and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was three years old. She started acting as a child in silent films, and later became a chorus girl and a leading lady in musicals, comedies, and dramas. She was best known for her role as Linda Mason in the 1942 musical Holiday Inn, in which she and Bing Crosby introduced the song “White Christmas” in a duet, albeit with her singing dubbed by Martha Mears. She also starred in films such as Ministry of Fear, The Time of Their Lives, and Up in Mabel’s Room. On television, she played Peg Riley, the wife of William Bendix’s character, in the sitcom The Life of Riley from 1953 to 1958.
When and how did she die?
Marjorie Reynolds died on February 1, 1997, in Manhattan Beach, California, at the age of 79. According to several sources, the cause of her death was congestive heart failure. She collapsed while walking her dog and was pronounced dead at the scene. She was survived by her daughter, Linda Reynolds Haffen, and two grandchildren. She had been married twice, first to production manager and screenwriter Jack Reynolds, from whom she divorced in 1952, and then to film editor John M. Haffen, who died in 1985.
What are the tributes and legacy?
Marjorie Reynolds was remembered and honored by her fans and colleagues for her talent and charm. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, and was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame in 1999. Her films and television shows are still enjoyed by many people today, especially Holiday Inn, which is a classic Christmas movie. She also left behind a collection of paintings and sculptures, as she was an avid artist in her later years. She donated some of her artworks to the Idaho State Historical Society and the Buhl Public Library. She was described by her daughter as “a very warm, loving person who had a great sense of humor and a zest for life.”