Trudy Marshall

Gertrude Madeline "Trudy" Marshall[1] (February 14, 1920; May 23, 2004) was an American actress and model.

Trudy Marshall
Gertrude Madeline Marshall

(1920-02-14)February 14, 1920
DiedMay 23, 2004(2004-05-23) (aged 84)
Years active19421979
Philip Jordan Raffin
(m. 1944; died 1981)

Leland Lindsay
(m. 1940; div. 1944)

Early years

Marshall was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Madeline (née Breedan) and Frederick Marshall.[1] Her first training in drama came at Floral Park Memorial High School in New York.[2]


A popular magazine cigarette girl during her modeling days for Harry Conover, Marshall was at different times "The Old Gold Girl", "The Chesterfield Girl", and "The Lucky Strike Girl".

Marshall was signed by 20th Century-Fox in 1942 and groomed in bit parts. She played a featured role in the World War II war drama The Fighting Sullivans (1944), the true story of a family that lost all five enlisted sons in the sinking of the USS Juneau off Guadalcanal in November 1942. Marshall played the surviving sister Genevieve.[2]

Taking roles as a decorative ingenue for a time, Marshall later played the "other woman" in a few features. Semi-retired by the 1960s, she returned very infrequently to Hollywood. She appeared in the movie Once Is Not Enough (1975) with her daughter Deborah Raffin. Marshall was the hostess of her own radio and TV show in the 1980s in which she interviewed stars who attended special Hollywood events.

Personal life

In 1944, Marshall married businessman Phillip Raffin, who died in 1982.[3]


On May 23, 2004, Marshall died at age 84 in her Century City, Los Angeles, home.[3]

Partial filmography


  2. Vallance, Tom (June 14, 2004). "Trudy Marshall". Independent. Archived from the original on September 13, 2013.
  3. "Trudy Marshall, 84; Starred in Several Films in 1940s". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. June 5, 2004. p. B 15. Retrieved October 4, 2018 via

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