Florence Marly

Florence Marly (2 June 1919 – 9 November 1978) was a Czech-born French film actress.[1] During World War II, Marly moved to neutral Argentina with her Jewish husband, film director Pierre Chenal, where she appeared in several films. She also acted in two of her husband's films while they were in Chile.[2]

Florence Marly
Marly in an ad for the film Sealed Verdict
Born(1919-06-02)2 June 1919
Died9 November 1978(1978-11-09) (aged 59)
Other namesHana Smékalová
Years active1937–1975
Spouse(s)Pierre Chenal (1937–1955); Count Degenhart von Wurmbrand-Stuppach (1956)


She played a major role in René Clément's Les Maudits, a fictionalized account showing the fate of Nazi refugees.[3] After moving to Hollywood, she acted in Paramount's Sealed Verdict opposite Ray Milland.[4] Next year, she starred in Stuart Heisler's Tokyo Joe (1949) alongside Humphrey Bogart. In it she played Bogart's wife, whom she divorces after he moves to the US from Japan during World War II. The film met with mixed responses from critics. Clive Hirschhorn wrote in his book, The Columbia Story, that it was "a little more than a Bogart parody".[5] Marly's acting in the espionage film Tokyo File 212 brought her appreciations. Robert J. Lentz wrote in Korean War Filmography that she had given the best performance in the film.[6] It was Hollywood's first feature film to be shot entirely in Japan.[7]

In 1962 she appeared in a small role as a gangster's girlfriend in the Twilight Zone episode Dead Man's Shoes.[8] She had the eponymous role of a blood-thirsty vampire queen in Curtis Harrington-directed science fiction horror film Queen of Blood (1966), based on a novel by Charles Nuetzel.[9] It met with positive reviews.[10] Paul Meehan wrote in Saucer Movies that she gave a "convincing" performance.[11] Marly made a 16 mm sequel to Queen of Blood titled Space Boy! (1973).[12]

Personal life

At a dinner, director Fritz Lang bit Marly's hand.[9] During the early years of her acting career, the U.S. Consulate mistook her for the Russian-born, left-inclined, singer and songwriter Anna Marly, and she was subsequently blacklisted in Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Even after she was cleared from the blacklist, at a Hollywood party Jack L. Warner "turned his back on [her]".[13] Noël Coward, in a letter, called her a "rather sweet" "beautiful Czech lady".[14] She was married to Chenal from 1937 to 1955.[15] In 1956 she married the Austrian Count Degenhart von Wurmbrand-Stuppach (1893-1965) but divorced the same year.



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