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Marie Blanchard (1923-1970)

1. - Mamie Van Doren, Yankee Pasha, 1953. Universal contract girls tested with the star, Jeff Chandler. Mari lost it. Mamie tells it.... Jeff preferred Mamie for Lilith, “the sexy, silly, pretty little chatterbox of a slave girl given to Jeff as a gift by the sultan,.. And what slave girl wouldn't have loved to be a gift to Jeff Chandler? With that big square jaw and broad shoulders, salt-and-pepper hair, what's not to love?”

2. - Angie Dickinson, Rio Bravo, 1958. Not having made a movie for four years, director Howard Hawks had no girls under contract to play Feathers. So, The Grey Fox examined the Hollywood field - from the blatant Mari and Sheree North to the subtle Jane Greer and Julie London. And fell for the long-legged Angie, already discovered by his star, John Wayne, for I Married A Woman and his production of Gun The Man Down. Mari’s last role before her early death was opposite Wayne’s McLintock! in 1963.

3.- Denise Darcel, Vera Cruz, 1953. Mari never got the breaks - on or off-screen (dead from cancer at age 47). At Universal things finally improved... until the studio stupidly refused to loan her to United Artists when Burt Lancaster invited her to join his Western with Gary Cooper.

4. - Shelley Winters, Saskatchewan, 1953. Universal then kept her out of its own Western (with the Mounties!) so she could co-star in Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, 1953.


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