Marjorie Rambeau

  1. Pauline Frederrick, This Modern Age, 1931.   The veteraN character actress from Broadway fell ill – or “ill” –  and was subbed by Frederick in what the star, Joan Crawford,  called… Forget This Modern Age.
  2. Judith Anderson, Lady Scarface, 1941.  After taking lessons as Mrs Danvers, Anderson took over the female gangster hunted by Dennis O’Keefe’s cop from Rambeau.

  3. Katina Paxinou, For Whom The Bell Tolls, 1942.  A triple Oscar-nominee, Marjorie lost in the clinches with such the old-timers  as Fay Bainter, Ethel Barrymore, Pola Negri, Alla Nazimova, Flora Robson, Norma Talmadge.  Plus  Gloria Swanson… whose former lover, Cecil  B DeMille had earlier planned his own version of the Ernest Hemingway book.   

  4. Mary Philips,  Lady in the Dark, 1943.   Dreaming of re-uniting Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers after a five year break, Paramount bought the Broadway show for a then record $283,000 – won Ginger, lost Fred… and Rambeau as Maggie Grant. Philips was the  second of four Mrs Humphrey Bogarts.
  5. Edward G Robinson, The Ten Commandments, 1954.


 Birth year: 1889Death year: 1970Other name: Casting Calls:  5