Gertrude Madeline Marshall
February 14, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 23, 2004 84) (aged|
|Resting place||Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery|
(m. 1940;div. 1944)
Philip Jordan Raffin
(m. 1944;died 1981)
|Children||3; including Deborah Raffin|
Gertrude Madeline "Trudy" Marshall(February 14, 1920 – May 23, 2004) was an American actress and model.
Marshall was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Madeline (née Brennan) and Frederick Marshall.She studied drama at the Floral Park Memorial High School in New York.
A popular magazine cigarette girl during her modeling days for Harry Conover, Marshall was at different times "The Old Gold Girl", "The Chesterfield Girl", and "The Lucky Strike Girl".
Marshall was signed by 20th Century-Fox in 1942 and groomed in bit parts. In The Dancing Masters (1943) she was female lead to Laurel and Hardy. She next played a featured role in the World War II war drama The Fighting Sullivans (1944), the true story of a family that lost all five enlisted sons in the sinking of the USS Juneau off Guadalcanal in November 1942. Marshall played the surviving sister Genevieve.
Taking roles as a decorative ingenue for a time, Marshall later played the "other woman" in a few features. Semi-retired by the 1960s, she returned very infrequently to Hollywood. She appeared in the movie Once Is Not Enough (1975) with her daughter Deborah Raffin. Marshall was the hostess of her own radio and TV show in the 1980s in which she interviewed stars who attended special Hollywood events. [ citation needed ]
In 1944, Marshall married businessman Phillip Raffin, with whom she had three children, including model and actress Deborah Raffin. They remained together until his death in 1981.
On May 23, 2004, Marshall died at age 84 in her Century City, Los Angeles, home.She is interred in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.
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