Marion Marlowe passes at 83.
- View SourceMarion Marlowe passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Born on March 7, 1929, Marion was an American singer and actress. She died at the age of 83 in Tucson, Arizona of natural causes.
She was born Marion Townsend in St. Louis, Missouri and was best known for her performances on the television variety series "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" from 1950 to 1955 in which she sang duets with Frank Parker as the "Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy of the 1950s.".
According to Richard Lamparksi's 1975 book "Whatever Became of...?", Marion began taking vocal lessons when she was twelve years old and studied at London's Royal Conservatory under Sir Thomas Beecham. Later, she roomed with Marilyn Monroe at Hollywood's Studio Club while being coached by Sigmund Romberg. She recorded for CBS Records in the mid-1950s, and had a hit single with "The Man in the Raincoat", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1955. In April 1955 she was dropped from CBS's roster, and the same month she was fired by Arthur Godfrey from his show along with Haleloke and the Mariners; the following month she married television producer Larry Puck, who had also been fired by Godfrey. She later pursued a career as a stage actress, most notably as the Baroness, Elsa Schraeder, in The Sound of Music, 1959-1963.
Marion was a widow living in California, enjoying organic garden and caring for the stray animals she took in.