October 20, 1904
Superior, Wisconsin, United States
|Died||February 13, 1983 78) (aged|
|Other names||Marian Nixon|
|Occupation||Actress, vaudevillian, dancer|
(m. 1925; div. 1927)
Edward Hillman, Jr.
(m. 1929; div. 1933)
William A. Seiter
(m. 1934; died 1964)
(m. 1972; died 1979)
Born in Superior, Wisconsin to parents of Finnish descent, Nixon began her career as a teen dancing in choruses in vaudeville. She began appearing in bit part in films in 1922 and landed her first substantial role in the 1923 film Cupid's Fireman, opposite Buck Jones. The following year, she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star. Nixon continued to work steadily throughout the mid to late 1920s appearing in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925), Hands Up! (1926), and The Chinese Parrot (1927). In 1929, she made her talkie debut as the lead in Geraldine. Later that same year, Nixon appeared opposite Al Jolson in Say It with Songs followed by General Crack in 1930.
In 1932, she starred as Rebecca in the film adaption of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm with Ralph Bellamy. Following the release of Rebecca, Nixon co-starred in Winner Take All with James Cagney. The next year she had a supporting role in John Ford's Pilgrimage. In 1934, Nixon attempted to change her wholesome image with a role in the comedy We’re Rich Again. The film wasn't a success and after appearing in eight more films, Nixon retired from acting in 1936. She made her last film, Captain Calamity at the age of 32.
Nixon was married four times. She married boxer Joseph Benjamin in 1925, but they divorced two years later. Then, on August 11, 1929, Nixon married Chicago department store heir Edward Hillman Jr. at his parents' home. That union ended in 1933. The following year, Nixon wed director William A. Seiter with whom she had worked on the film We're Rich Again. Their marriage lasted until Seiter's death in 1964 and produced three children: Christopher Seiter (1935-2003), Selena (1937-1980), and Jessica (1939- )). Finally, on April 1, 1972 in Los Angeles, she married actor/producer Ben Lyon, although her obituary in the Chicago Tribune reports that she married Lyon in 1971.
Her grandsons are the screenwriters Ted Griffin and Nicholas Griffin, the sons of a daughter Nixon had with husband William Seiter.
|1923||Rosita||Undetermined Bit Role||Uncredited|
|Big Dan||Dora Allen|
|Cupid's Fireman||Agnes Evans|
|1924||The Vagabond Trail||Lou Macon|
|The Circus Cowboy||Bird Taylor|
|The Last of the Duanes||Ruth|
|1925||The Hurricane Kid||Joan Langdon||Credited as Marion Nixon|
|The Saddle Hawk||Rena Newhall|
|Let 'er Buck||Jacqueline McCall||Credited as Marion Nixon|
|Where Was I?||Alicia Stone|
|The Sporting Life||Nora Cavanaugh||Lost film|
|1926||Hands Up!||Mae||preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress|
|What Happened to Jones||Lucille Bigbee|
|Devil's Island||Rose Marie|
|1927||Heroes of the Night||Mary Allen|
|Taxi! Taxi!||Rose Zimmerman||Lost film|
|The Auctioneer||Ruth Levi||Lost film|
|1928||The Fourflusher||June Allen|
|Out of the Ruins||Yvonne Gilbert||Lost film|
|How to Handle Women||Beatrice Fairbanks||Lost film|
|Jazz Mad||Elsa Hausmann||Library of Congress|
|1929||Rainbow Man||Mary Lane||Library of Congress|
|In the Headlines||Anna Lou Henderson||Lost film|
|Young Nowheres||Annie Jackson||Lost film|
|1930||Scarlet Pages||Nora Mason|
|Ex-Flame||Lady Catherine||Lost film|
|The Lash||Dona Dolores Delfino|
|Women Go on Forever||Betty|
|1932||Charlie Chan's Chance||Shirley Marlowe|
|After Tomorrow||Sidney Taylor|
|Winner Take All||Peggy Harmon|
|Amateur Daddy||Sally Smith|
|1933||Best of Enemies||Lena Schneider|
|Chance at Heaven||Glory Franklyn||Credited as Marion Nixon|
|Face in the Sky||Madge|
|1934||Strictly Dynamite||Sylvia Montgomery|
|We're Rich Again||Arabella Sykes|
|1935||Sweepstakes Annie||Annie Foster||Alternative title: Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore|
|Captain Calamity||Madge Lewis|
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