June Marlowe (born Gisela Valaria Goetten, November 6, 1903 – March 10, 1984) was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. She was best known for her performance of "Miss Crabtree" in the Our Gang shorts.
Gisela Valaria Goetten
November 6, 1903
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||March 10, 1984 80) (aged|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels|
(m. 1933; died 1982)
Marlowe was born to German parents in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She was a prolific actress in silent films during the 1920s, appearing in films opposite John Barrymore and Rin Tin Tin. She began her acting career shortly after her 1923 graduation from Hollywood High School, and was signed to a contract by Warner Brothers in 1924.
In 1925, she became one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars. Her career did well until the introduction of talking pictures. Marlowe did not make an easy transition, and by 1930 she was starting to drift away from acting.
By chance, she happened to meet director Robert F. McGowan one day in a Los Angeles, California, department store. McGowan was searching for an actress to portray the schoolteacher in the Our Gang series of children's comedies. After producer Hal Roach suggested that brunette Marlowe don a blonde wig to match the hair of the lead kid in the series, Jackie Cooper, she was given the part of Miss Crabtree.
Marlowe and Cooper were paired together in three Our Gang films, Teacher's Pet, School's Out and Love Business. She also had a small role in 1931's Little Daddy. In addition to her work in Our Gang, Marlowe appeared in fellow Roach stars Laurel and Hardy's first feature film, Pardon Us.
Later years and death
In an October 1931 notice, Washington's Evening Star newspaper announced that the Superior Court in Los Angeles "returned a verdict of $100 damages to Henry M. Oviatt against June Marlowe, film actress, and her brother, Armour Marlowe, as the outgrowth of a motor car collision," adding that their automobile had "collided with one containing Oviatt and Mrs. Nellie McLaren, who sued for $5,000 each, alleging injuries", and that "Mrs. McLaren was denied damages."
On July 2, 1933, Marlowe married Hollywood businessman Rodney Sprigg and retired from motion pictures to become a housewife. The couple remained married until Sprigg's death in 1982. In her later years, she suffered from Parkinson's disease, dying from complications on March 10, 1984.
In popular culture
The name of schoolteacher Edna Krabappel, a cartoon character from the animated television series The Simpsons, was chosen by early Simpsons writers Wallace Wolodarsky and Jay Kogen in 1990 as a play on the fruit "crabapple" and as a reference to Miss Crabtree from the Our Gang shorts.
|1924||Horace Greeley, Jr.|
|1930||Fast Work||June Marlowe|
|1930||Teacher's Pet||Miss Crabtree|
|1930||School's Out||Miss Crabtree|
|1931||Love Business||Miss Crabtree|
|1931||Little Daddy||Miss Crabtree|
|1931||Shiver My Timbers||Miss Crabtree|
|1932||Readin' and Writin'||Miss Crabtree|
|1923||Fighting Blood||Minor role||Uncredited|
|1924||When a Man's a Man||Kitty Reid|
|1924||The Tenth Woman||Rose Ann Brainherd|
|1924||Find Your Man||Patricia Reynolds|
|1924||A Lost Lady||Constance Ogden|
|1925||The Man Without a Conscience||Ann Sherman|
|1925||Tracked in the Snow Country||Joan Hardy|
|1925||The Wife Who Wasn't Wanted||Mary Paterson|
|1925||Below the Line||May Barton|
|1925||The Clash of the Wolves||Sylvia Norcross|
|1925||The Pleasure Buyers||Helen Ripley|
|1926||The Night Cry||Mrs. John Martin|
|1926||The Old Soak||Ina Heath||Lost film|
|1926||Fangs of Justice||Janet Morgan|
|1927||The Fourth Commandment||Marjorie Miller|
|1927||The Life of Riley||Molly O'Rourke||Lost film|
|1927||Wild Beauty||Helen Cunningham|
|1927||On the Stroke of Twelve||Doris Bainbridge|
|1928||Alias the Deacon||Phyllis/Mrs. Nancy Blythe|
|1928||Free Lips||Ann Baldridge|
|1928||The Branded Man||Louise|
|1928||The Foreign Legion||Gabrielle|
|1928||The Grip of the Yukon||Sheila O'Neil||Lost film|
|1928||Code of the Air||Helen Carson|
|1929||The Brandenburg Arch||Frieda, seine Tochter||German title: Durchs Brandenburger Tor. Solang noch Untern Linden...|
|1929||The Unusual Past of Thea Carter||Thea Carter||German title: Die seltsame Vergangenheit der Thea Carter|
|1930||The Lone Defender||Dolores Valdez|
|1931||Los Presidiarios||Warden's daughter||Uncredited|
|1931||Pardon Us||Warden's daughter|
|1932||Devil on Deck||Mary Moore|
|1935||Roaring Roads||June Marlowe|
- Nelson, C. E. "Flashes from the Screen" (mention of June Marlowe's casting in the lead role of "Gabrielle" in The Foreign Legion). Washington, D.C.: Evening Star, October 9, 1927, p. 3.
- Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 198. ISBN 0-786-40983-5.
- "Rialto—"Tracked in the Snow Country". Washington, D.C.: Evening Star, September 30, 1925, p. 57.
- "Rin-Tin-Tin Saved Hotel from Fire". Key West, Florida: The Key West Citizen, March 24, 1926, p. 7.
- "Success without Struggle". Washington, D.C.: Evening Star, December 5, 1926, p. 3.
- Abend, Hallet. "Hollywood Gossip". Washington, D.C.: Evening Star, June 8, 1924, p. 2.
- Liebman, Roy (2000). The Wampas Baby Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1922-1934. McFarland. p. 141. ISBN 0-786-40756-5.
- "June Marlowe, Universal", in "9 out of 10 screen stars use Lux Toilet Soap for their priceless smooth skins: 'Smooth skin essential' say leading Directors". Washington, D.C.: Evening Star, February 28, 1928, p. 16.
- "Awarded $100 Damages". Washington, D.C.: Evening Star, October 9, 1931, p. B-9.
- Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001). Silent Film Necrology (2 ed.). McFarland. p. 351. ISBN 0-786-41059-0.
- Strawther, Larry (2012). A Brief History of Los Alamitos-Rossmoor. The History Press. p. 118. ISBN 1-609-49861-5.
- Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). Laid to Rest in California: A Guide to the Cemeteries and Grave Sites of the Rich and Famous. Globe Pequot. p. 6. ISBN 0-762-74101-5.
- Groening, Matt; Wolodarsky, Wallace (2001). Commentary for the episode "Homer's Odyssey", in The Simpsons: The Complete First Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
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