Nell Martin revisited
- Got a response from Daniel Dickinson.
Turns out he was the step-son of Nell Martin. Gave me many facts to
add to my profile and some leads to track down.
She was born Nellie Columbia Boyer. She knew alot of people in show
business, including Don Blanding, Dashiell Hammett, Earl Stanley
Gardner and Lon Chaney Sr. She was in a movie with Marie Dressler
called "Tillie's Punctured Romance." She knew alot about California
law as she had been married to the lawyer Edgar L. Martin. After
Edgar passed away, Nell dated Dashiell for awhile. She married Ashley
Weed Dickinson, a newspaper journalist, in 1929 (Daniel's father.)
Don Blanding and Earl Stanley Gardner used to come and visit Nell,
Ashley & Daniel at their apartment which was near the corner of
Christopher and Hudson Streets on the west side of Greenwich Village.
Daniel moved back to Los Angeles in 1953 and used to see Blanding
around town, just to say hello, when he spoke at Religious Science
churches in Hollywood.
Nell passed away in January, 1961 and Daniel went east for the
I've got tons more questions for Daniel and will write him again in
the next few days.