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Marian Nixon (October 20, 1904 – February 13, 1983) was an American film actress.


Born Marian Nissinen in Superior, Wisconsin, Nixon began her career as a teen working as a chorus dancer on the vaudeville circuit. She began appearing in bit part in films in 1922 and landed her first substantial role in the 1923 film Cupid's Fireman, opposite Buck Jones. The following year, she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star. Nixon continued to work steadily throughout the mid to late 1920s appearing in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925), Hands Up! (1926), and The Chinese Parrot (1927). In 1929, she made her talkie debut as the lead in Geraldine. Later that same year, Nixon appeared opposite Al Jolson in Say It with Songs followed by General Crack in 1930.

In 1932, she starred as Rebecca in the film adaption of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm with Ralph Bellamy. Following the release of Rebecca, Nixon co-starred in Winner Take All with James Cagney. The next year she had a supporting role in John Ford's Pilgrimage. In 1934, Nixon attempted to change her wholesome image with a role in the comedy We’re Rich Again. The film wasn't a success and after appearing in eight more films, Nixon retired from acting in 1936.

Personal life

On August 11, 1929, Nixon married Chicago department store heir, Edward Hillman, Jr., at the home of his parents. The couple divorced in 1933. The following year, she married her We’re Rich Again director, William A. Seiter. The marriage lasted until Seiter's death in 1964. In 1974, married actor/producer Ben Lyon. After Lyon's death in 1979, Nixon never remarried.


On February 13, 1983, Nixon died of complications following open heart surgery at the age of 78. She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Marian Nixon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes

1923 Rosita Undetermined Bit Role Uncredited

Big Dan Dora Allen

1924 The Circus Cowboy Bird Taylor

The Last of the Duanes Ruth

1925 Let 'er Buck Jacqueline McCall Credited as Marion Nixon

Sporting Life Nora Cavanaugh

1926 Hands Up! Mae

Devil's Island Rose Marie

Spangles Spangles Delancy

1927 Taxi! Taxi! Rose Zimmerman

The Auctioneer Ruth Levi

1928 The Fourflusher June Allen

Jazz Mad Elsa Hausmann

1929 Rainbow Man Mary Lane

Young Nowheres Annie Jackson

1930 Scarlet Pages Nora Mason

Ex-Flame Lady Catherine

1931 Sweepstakes Babe Ellis

Women Go on Forever Betty

1932 Charlie Chan's Chance Shirley Marlowe

After Tomorrow Sidney Taylor

Amateur Daddy Sally Smith

1933 Best of Enemies Lena Schneider

Chance at Heaven Glory Franklyn Credited as Marion Nixon

1934 Strictly Dynamite Sylvia Montgomery

We're Rich Again Arabella Sykes

Embarrassing Moments Jane

1935 Sweepstakes Annie Annie Foster Alternative title: Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore

1936 Tango Treasure McGuire

Captain Calamity Madge Lewis





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