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Marion Marlowe
Born Marion Townsend
(1929-03-07)March 7, 1929
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died March 24, 2012(2012-03-24) (aged 83)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1946–1963

Marion Marlowe (March 7, 1929[1] – March 24, 2012)[2] was an American singer and actress. She is best known for her recordings of "The Man in the Raincoat" and "Heartbeat". Marlowe worked with Frank Parker ("Moonlight and Roses") and was married to the television producer, Larry Puck.[2]


She was born Marion Townsend in St. Louis, Missouri,[3] and is 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."[4]

According to Richard Lamparksi's 1975 book Whatever Became of...?, Marlowe 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.[5]

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;[6] the following month she married television producer Larry Puck, who had also been fired by Godfrey.[7][8] She later pursued a career as a stage actress, most notably as the Baroness, Elsa Schraeder, in The Sound of Music, from 1959 to 1963.[9]

Marlowe died of natural causes in Tucson, Arizona, on March 24, 2012, aged 83.[2]


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Washington Post
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:04:06 -0800

Broadway: 1959 Actress and singer Marion Marlowe, in the role of Baroness Schraeder, poses on the set of the Broadway musical "The Sound of Music." The production was the last musical written by the celebrated duo Rodgers and Hammerstein and won a ...
Delaware County Daily Times
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 02:22:36 -0700

From left to right, Margaret Saylor, Marion Marlowe, Paul Cunningham and Davey Peace sit by their tents outside City Hall, while taking part in the Occupy Philly protest, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Philadelphia. Organizers of the demonstration, which is ...
About - News & Issues
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:21:14 -0800

Far too many of oldies music's greats -- the ones who made the music you love, even if you don't realize it -- have passed away unsung, the result of an industry that rewards celebrity, sometimes to the point of ignoring hard work and talent. Here's a ...
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:01:47 -0700

2:30. Play next; Play now. Frank Parker sings "For You" on Arthur Godfrey Show - 1953 - Duration: 3:31. by OurKrazyKulture 4,440 views. 3:31. Play next; Play now. Marion Marlowe sings "Lover" - 1953 - Duration: 2:14. by OurKrazyKulture 3,833 views. 2:14.

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