Marian Nixon was an American film actress. Born Marian Nissinen in Superior, Wisconsin, Nixon began her career as a teen working as a chorus dancer on the vaudeville circuit. 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, Hands Up!, and The Chinese Parrot. 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.
On August 11, 1929, Nixon married Chicago department store heir, Edward Hillman, Jr., at the home of his parents. The couple divorced in 1933. The following year, she married her We?re Rich Again director, William A. Seiter. The marriage lasted until Seiter’s death in 1964. In 1974, married actor/producer Ben Lyon. After Lyon’s death in 1979, Nixon never remarried.
On February 13, 1983, Nixon died of complications following open heart surgery at the age of 78. She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.