Lynn Merrick

Last updated

Lynn Merrick
Publicity Photo of Lynn Merrick
Marilyn Llewelling

(1919-11-19)November 19, 1919
DiedMarch 25, 2007(2007-03-25) (aged 87)
Years active1940–1955
(m. 1945;div. 1948)

Robert Goelet, Jr.
(m. 1949;div. 1956)
Family Goelet family

Lynn Merrick (born Marilyn Llewelling, [1] November 19, 1919 – March 25, 2007) was an American actress who appeared in over 40 films during the 1940s, mainly for Columbia and Republic Studios.


Early life

Merrick was born Marilyn Llewelling on November 19, 1919 in Fort Worth, Texas. [1]


In the 1930s, she studied acting and worked as a model after moving to California. [2]

In 1940, she was one of thirteen women selected by the Motion Picture Publicists Association as a "Baby Star", a selection process which was meant to highlight the most promising new film stars. [3] She made the bulk of her films during the 1940s, starring in 22 feature films for Republic Pictures; 16 of these were Don Barry westerns.

Her first Barry film was Two Gun Sheriff, and her last was Fugutive from Senora. She later worked for Columbia Pictures, where she starred in films alongside Richard Dix, Chester Morris, and Warner Baxter. Merrick retired from films after Escape from Terror (1955), [2] starring and directed by Jackie Coogan.

In 1948, Merrick and her husband at the time, Conrad Nagel, appeared in summer stock theater in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. [4] After retiring from acting, Merrick was an executive with the Barbizon School of Modeling. [2]

Personal life

She was married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Nagel. They received an interlocutory decree on March 26, 1947, [5] and the divorce became final on August 26, 1948. [6]

On October 26, 1949, she wed producer Robert Goelet, Jr. in Europe. [4] Both unions were childless. In 1950, Merrick received emergency treatment at Santa Monical Hospital after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. A news story distributed by International News Service described the overdose as "the climax to a spat with her husband, wealthy Robert Goelet." [7]

Merrick was a Democrat and supported Adlai Stevenson's campaign during the 1952 presidential election. [8]

Merrick was of the Baptist faith. [9]


Merrick died on March 25, 2007, aged 87, at her home in West Palm Beach, Florida from undisclosed causes. [10]

She was cremated with her ashes scattered. [11]


1940 'Til We Meet Again Fussy Woman's DaughterUncredited
Dr. Christian Meets the Women Kity Browning(as Marilyn Merrick)
Flight Angels Marilyn(as Marilyn Merrick)
Ragtime Cowboy Joe Mary Curtiss(as Marilyn Merrick)
1941 A Missouri Outlaw Virginia Randall
Death Valley Outlaws Carolyn Johnson
The Apache Kid Barbara Taylor
Kansas Cyclone Martha Ming
Desert Bandit Sue Martin
The Gay Vagabond Betty Dixon
Two Gun Sheriff Ruth Norton
Sis Hopkins Phyllis
1942 Outlaws of Pine Ridge Ann Hollister
The Sombrero Kid Dorothy Russell
The Cyclone Kid Mary Phillips
Jesse James, Jr. Joan Perry
Stageeoach Express Ellen Bristol
Arizona Terrors Lila Adams
Youth on Parade Emmy Lou Piper
1943 Doughboys in Ireland Gloria Gold
Days of Old Cheyenne Nancy Carlyle
Dangerous Blondes Mary Ralston
Is Everybody Happy? Ann
Fugative from SonoraDixie Martin
Carson City Cyclone Linda Wade
Dead Man's Gulch Mary Logan
Mountain Rhythm Linda Weaver
The Crime Doctor's Strangest CaseEllen Trotter
1944Meet Miss Bobby SocksHelen Taylor
Nine Girls Eve Sharon
Stars on Parade Dorothy Dean
Swing Out the Blues Penelope Carstairs
1945 A Guy, a Gal and a Pal Helen Carter
Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion Constance Gloria Mannard
Voice of the Whistler Joan Martin Sinclair
The Blonde from BrooklynSusan Parker aka Susanna Bellwither
1946 Dangerous Business Lizbeth Ellsworth
A Close Call for Boston Blackie Geraldine 'Gerry' Peyton
1948 I Love Trouble Mrs. Johnson
1954Escape from TerrorLee Brooks(final film role)

Related Research Articles

Claire Trevor American actress (1910–2000)

Claire Trevor was an American actress. She appeared in 68 feature films from 1933 to 1982, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Key Largo (1948), and received nominations for her roles in The High and the Mighty (1954) and Dead End (1937). Trevor was billed first for Stagecoach (1939); her profile was higher than John Wayne's at the time.

Ann Sheridan American actress and singer 1934–1967

Clara Lou "Ann" Sheridan was an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles in the films San Quentin (1937), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), They Drive by Night (1940), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Kings Row (1942), Nora Prentiss (1947), and I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

Constance Bennett American actress and producer

Constance Campbell Bennett was an American stage, film, radio and television actress and producer. She was a major Hollywood star during the 1920s and 1930s and for a time during the early 1930s, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Bennett frequently played society women, focusing on melodramas in the early 1930s and then taking more comedic roles in the late 1930s and 1940s. She is best remembered for her leading roles in What Price Hollywood? (1932), Bed of Roses (1933), Topper (1937), Topper Takes a Trip (1938), and had a prominent supporting role in Greta Garbo's last film, Two-Faced Woman (1941).

Isabel Jewell American actress

Isabel Jewell was an American actress who rose to prominence in the 1930s and early 1940s. Some of her more famous films were Ceiling Zero, Marked Woman, A Tale of Two Cities, and Gone with the Wind.

Adrienne Ames American actress

Adrienne Ames was an American film actress. Early in her career she was known as Adrienne Truex.

Jane Randolph American actress

Jane Randolph, was an American film actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Alice Moore in the 1942 horror film Cat People, and its sequel, The Curse of the Cat People (1944). She was born in Youngstown, Ohio and died in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 2009.

Lynn Bari Romanian-American actress (1919–1989)

Lynn Bari was a film actress who specialized in playing sultry, statuesque man-killers in roughly 150 movies for 20th Century Fox from the early 1930s through the 1940s.

Martha Vickers American actress (1925–1971)

Martha Vickers was an American model and actress.

Jacqueline White American actress (born 1922)

Jacqueline Jane White is an American actress perhaps best remembered for her appearances in Crossfire and The Narrow Margin. She worked for both MGM and RKO in the 1940s and 1950s.

Jane Adams (actress, born 1918) American actress (1918–2014)

Betty Jane Bierce, better known by her stage name Jane "Poni" Adams, was an American actress in radio, film, and television in the 1940s and 1950s.

Priscilla Lawson

Priscilla Lawson, was an American actress best known for her role as Princess Aura in the original Flash Gordon serial (1936).

Kay Johnson American actress

Catherine Townsend Johnson was an American stage and film actress.

June Knight

June Knight was an American theatre and film actress and singer.

Anne Nagel American actress (1915–1966)

Anne Nagel was an American actress. She played in adventures, mysteries, and comedies for 25 years. She also appeared in television series in the 1950s. One book described her as "one of Hollywood's true hard-luck gals."

Janet Blair American singer and actress (1921–2007)

Janet Blair was a big-band singer who became a popular American film and television actress.

Vera Steadman American actress

Vera Steadman was an American film actress of the silent era.

Josephine Dunn American actress (1906–1983)

Mary Josephine Dunn was an American stage and film actress of the 1920s and 1930s.

Judith Barrett American actress

Judith Barrett, also known as Nancy Dover, was an American film actress of the late 1920s and through the 1930s, up until 1940.

Tod Andrews American actor

Tod Andrews was an American stage, screen, and television actor.

Leslie Brooks American actress

Leslie Brooks was an American film actress, model and dancer.


  1. 1 2 Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 511. ISBN   9781476625997 . Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 Lentz, Harris M. III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2007: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN   9780786434817 . Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  3. "Wampus Baby Star Surprised By Her Selection". Ames Daily Tribune. Iowa, Ames. April 17, 1941. p. 15. Retrieved June 6, 2016 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  4. 1 2 "Lynn Merrick Weds Robert Goelet Jr". Joplin Globe. Missouri, Joplin. Associated Press. October 30, 1949. p. 7. Retrieved July 17, 2017 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  5. "Divorces". Billboard. May 17, 1947. p. 47. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  6. "Actress Lynn Merrick Severs Marriage Tie". The Ottawa Journal. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. Associated Press. August 27, 1948. p. 21. Retrieved July 17, 2017 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  7. "Lynn Merrick Recovering From Sleeping Tablets". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. International News Service. March 26, 1950. p. 38. Retrieved July 17, 2017 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  8. Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  9. Morning News, January 10, 1948, Who Was Who in America (Vol. 2).
  10. McLellan, Dennis (April 2, 2007). "Lynn Merrick, 85; B-western actress appeared in over 40 movies in the 1940s". LA Times.
  11. Wilson, Scott (September 16, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. ISBN   9781476625997 via Google Books.