Marjorie Weaver

Marjorie Weaver (March 2, 1913 – October 1, 1994) was an American film actress of the 1930s through the early 1950s.

Marjorie Weaver
Weaver as she was pictured in Photoplay magazine's August 1938 issue.
Born(1913-03-02)March 2, 1913
DiedOctober 1, 1994(1994-10-01) (aged 81)
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Indiana University
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1934-1952
Spouse(s)Kenneth George Schacht (October 1937[1] - September 1941[2])
Don Briggs (1943 – October 1, 1994; her death); 2 children
ChildrenJoel and Leigh
Parent(s)John Thomas Weaver and Ellen Martin Weaver

Early life, entrance into acting

Weaver was born in Crossville, Tennessee to John Thomas Weaver and his wife, Ellen (née Martin). Her father was a general freight agent for a railroad in Louisville, Kentucky.[3] She attended the University of Kentucky, and later the Indiana University,[4] with interests in music and won beauty contests at both schools.[3]

Weaver began her acting career as a stage actress in the early 1930s, and also worked as a model during that period, as well as a singer. She received her first film role, uncredited, in 1934. From 1936 through 1945 she would receive steady acting roles. She began receiving credited roles in larger productions, and starred opposite Ricardo Cortez in the 1937 film The Californian, and that same year she starred opposite Tyrone Power in Second Honeymoon.

Peak years

From 1938 through 1945 she had twenty seven starring roles in films, some of which were B movies. The most notable film role was her role in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), which also starred Henry Fonda and Alice Brady. Some of her more recognizable roles from that seven-year period included a role in the Michael Shayne mystery series opposite Lloyd Nolan, and her role in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise. In 1945, she starred opposite Robert Lowery in Fashion Model, which would be her last role of any consequence. She had four minor roles in 1952, after which she retired from acting.

Later life

On October 22, 1937, in Goshen, Indiana, she married naval officer Kenneth George Schacht.[5] She divorced him in 1941, after having seen each other only 16 days over their four-year marriage.[2] Schacht had been captured by the Japanese, and the Navy had notified her that he was dead.[6]

In 1943, she married businessman Don Briggs, with whom she would have a son and a daughter, Joel and Leigh. She and her husband opened a business in Los Angeles, which they operated until retirement, at which time they moved to Austin, Texas, where she died of a heart attack on October 1, 1994, aged 81.

Partial filmography


  1. "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007". FamilySearch. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. "Actress Might Rewed Schacht". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Washington. September 24, 1941. p. 10. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. Neville, Lucy (January 23, 1938). "A Campus Beauty Queen Makes Good". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. p. 21. Retrieved August 31, 2016 via
  4. Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. P. 1215.
  5. "Marjorie Weaver of Films Seeks Divorce". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. August 10, 1941. p. 1.
  6. "War Veteran, Back From Dead, Ex-Wife Wed". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. October 23, 1945. p. 1.
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