Marion Burns (August 9, 1907 – December 22, 1993) was an American film actress of the 1930s. She is best known for having starred opposite John Wayne in the 1935 film The Dawn Rider and opposite him again that same year in Paradise Canyon.
|Died||December 22, 1993 86) (aged|
|Years active||1931 – 1961|
Kane Richmond (1934-1973) (his death) 2 children
Burns received her first film role in 1931, starring opposite Bill Cody in Oklahoma Jim. That film started her on the path of starring in Western films as a heroine. In 1932, she starred opposite George O'Brien in The Golden West, followed by Me and My Gal that same year. In 1933, she starred in Sensation Hunters opposite Preston Foster; 1934 and 1935 were her biggest years, with her appearing in six films, three each year, two of which were uncredited, and the most notable being the two John Wayne films. Her first film in 1934 was The Devil Tiger.
In The Devil Tiger, Director Clyde E. Elliott allowed his hero, Kane Richmond, to fight a 25-foot python. Richmond hated doubles and had insisted. The actor, on his feet, on the ground, on his feet again, succeeded in holding the snake's snapping mouth away from his face, while struggling to free himself from the triple coils around his body. At the height of the struggle, the heroine, Marion Burns, runs in and saves the hero from the python. Miss Burns had to fight the snake, too, to get at Richmond's pistol, with which she was supposed to shoot the python. She played her own scene, as well.
In the 1934 film Born to Be Bad, Burns starred alongside Cary Grant and Loretta Young. In her last film of 1935, she starred opposite Lloyd Hughes in the crime drama Rip Roaring Riley. It was her last film for a span of 10 years.
She returned to acting three times and only briefly following 1935. The first time was in a stage appearance in Leaning on Letty in January 1936 at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. The second time was in 1945 alongside her husband in Brenda Starr, Reporter, which starred Kane Richmond and Joan Woodbury. The third time was in 1961, when she appeared on one episode of the television series My Three Sons.
Burns married twice during her career. Her first marriage to actor Bruce MacFarlane ended in divorce. Her second marriage was in 1934 to actor Kane Richmond. (However, an item published in a January 30, 1934, newspaper reported that Burns and Richmond's marriage occurred the previous May and had been kept secret—indicating that they were married in 1933, Burns and Richmond had two daughters. And, an Associated Press story published January 26, 1934, referred to "the secret marriage of Kane Richmond and Marion Burns ... last May 22.")
Burns eventually settled in Laguna Niguel, California, where she was living at the time of her death on December 22, 1993.
|1931||Oklahoma Jim||Betty Rankin|
|1932||The Golden West||Helen Sheppard|
|1932||For Me and My Gal||Kate Riley|
|1933||Sensation Hunters||Dale Jordan|
|1934||Devil Tiger||Mary Brewster|
|1934||Born to Be Bad||Mrs. Alyce Trevor|
|1934||Flirting with Danger||Marian Leslie|
|1935||The Dawn Rider||Alice Gordon|
|1935||Paradise Canyon||Linda Carter - aka Princess Natasha|
|1935||Rip Roaring Riley||Anne Baker|
|1938||Dramatic School||Working Girl||Uncredited|
|1945||Brenda Starr, Reporter||Zelda||Serial, [Ch 9-10,12], Uncredited|
- "Marion Burns Born to Be Screen Star". The Times Recorder. Ohio, Zanesville. July 28, 1935. p. 13. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Hollywood Actress Travels 12,000 Miles for Film Chance". The Times Recorder. Ohio, Zanesville. August 28, 1932. p. 17. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "(Marion Burns search)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "Wed in Secret". The News-Herald. Pennsylvania, Franklin. January 30, 1934. p. 3. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Boesen, Vic (October 1, 1941). "Meet the Stars". Big Spring Daily Herald. Texas, Big Spring. p. 11. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Film Couple in Secret Marriage". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. January 26, 1934. p. 2. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.