Katherine Elisabeth Wilson, better known by her stage name, Marie Wilson, was an American radio, film, and television actress.
Born in Anaheim, California, Wilson began her career in New York City as a dancer on the Broadway stage. She gained national prominence with My Friend Irma on radio, television and film and played the quintessential dumb blonde, appearing in numerous comedies and in Ken Murray’s famous Hollywood “Blackouts”. During World War II, she was a volunteer performer at the Hollywood Canteen. She was also a popular wartime pin-up.
Wilson’s performance in Satan Met A Lady, the second film adaptation of the detective novel The Maltese Falcon, is a virtual template for Marilyn Monroe’s later onscreen persona. Wilson appeared in more than forty films and was a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show on four occasions. She was a television performer during the 1960s, working up until her untimely death.
Wilson’s talents have been recognized with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for radio at 6301 Hollywood Blvd., for television at 6765 Hollywood Blvd., and for movies at 6601 Hollywood Boulevard.
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