Madlyn Rhue

Madlyn Soloman Rhue (née Madeline Roche,[1] October 3, 1935 – December 16, 2003) was an American film and television actress.

Madlyn Rhue
Rhue in 1961
Madeline Roche

(1935-10-03)October 3, 1935
DiedDecember 16, 2003(2003-12-16) (aged 68)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active19581996
Spouse(s)Tony Young (1962–1970) (divorced)

Life and career

Rhue was born in Washington, D.C., graduated from Los Angeles High School, and studied drama at Los Angeles City College.

Rhue's professional name was an adaptation of the title of the film 13 Rue Madeleine (1947).[1] She debuted in show business at age 17 as a dancer at the Copacabana night club in New York City.[2]

From the 1950s to the 1990s, Rhue appeared in some 20 films, including Operation Petticoat , The Ladies Man, A Majority of One, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Kenner (1969), and Stand Up and Be Counted (1972). She also was a guest star in dozens of television series, including the classic Star Trek episode "Space Seed" (1967) as Lt. Marla McGivers, Khan Noonien Singh's (Ricardo Montalbán) love interest.[3] Rhue had played the spouse of another character portrayed by Montalbán in an episode of Bonanza in 1960. That year, she also played the title role of Marian Ames in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Wayward Wife".

Rhue portrayed Marjorie Grant in Bracken's World (1969–70)[4] and Hilary Madison in Executive Suite (1976-1977).[4]:316

Other guest appearances included Cheyenne (1955), Have Gun – Will Travel, Gunsmoke, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, Ironside, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, Fantasy Island and Charlie's Angels. She also appeared in the television movie Goldie and the Boxer, and made appearances on the game show The Match Game (1974–76).

In the early 1960s, Rhue was injured in an automobile accident that resulted in lost teeth and a cut lower lip. She was hospitalized before returning to acting.[5]

In 1962, Rhue married actor Tony Young[6] and acted with him in the western He Rides Tall. They divorced in 1970.[6]

In 1977, Rhue was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[7] She continued to work, including a role in Days of Our Lives; but by 1985, she needed a wheelchair and was limited to roles that did not require her to walk or stand, such as recurring roles in Murder, She Wrote and Houston Knights.[8] Angela Lansbury created a role for her when she heard that Rhue was at risk of losing her insurance because she could no longer work enough hours.[9] Her illness prevented her from reprising her Star Trek role as Lieutenant Marla McGivers in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and the character was ultimately written out of the script as director Nicholas Meyer did not wish to re-cast the part.[3]

She eventually became completely incapacitated by multiple sclerosis and died from pneumonia at the age of 68 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1959The Miraclenun who warns Teresa about her singing love songsUncredited
1959Operation PetticoatLieutenant Reid, NC, USAR
1961The Ladies ManMiss Intellect
1961A Majority of OneAlice Black
1962Escape from ZahrainLaila
1963It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldSecretary Schwartz
1964He Rides TallEllie Daniels
1972Stand Up and Be CountedGloria Seagar


  1. Buck, Jerry (September 28, 1989). "Actress Madlyn Rhue doesn't let MS slow her". The Springfield News-Leader. Missouri, Springfield. Associated Press. p. 18. Retrieved July 28, 2018 via
  2. Rosenbert, Howard (August 14, 1987). "Stricken with MS, Madlyn Rhue still a working actress". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 72. Retrieved July 28, 2018 via
  3. DeCandido, Keith (May 23, 2017). "Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  4. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. Glazer, Barney (August 11, 1961). "Barney Glazer's Hollywood". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Wisconsin, Milwaukee. p. 2. Retrieved July 28, 2018 via
  6. Lentz, Harris M., III (2004). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 325–326. ISBN 9780786417568. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  7. "Madlyn Rhue, 68; TV Actress Kept Working With Multiple Sclerosis". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 2003. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  8. "After Years of Lying, Actress Madlyn Rhue Reveals Truth About Her Multiple Sclerosis". People. 28 (20). November 16, 1987. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
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