×

Marilyn Miller Gerold

Broadway actress

Marilyn Miller Gerold, a former legit actress who appeared in several Broadway shows during the late 1940s, died of undisclosed causes Oct. 3 near New Hope, Penn., She was 76.

Raised in Bogota, N.J., she first worked professionally on an NBC radio children’s show when she was 8 as Marilyn Miller. By 12 she had appeared on a bevy of radio shows including “Our Gal Sunday,” “The March of Time” and “Famous Jury Trials.” She also sang with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra for CBS.

She hit the road at 16 with Benny Davis in a vaudeville revue and toured as a singer with Johnny Lang’s big band when she was spotted by a talent scout who got her a contract with Universal.

While a contract player at the studio she roomed and became friends with actress Dorothy Malone. After graduation from University High School in L.A., she was signed by Mike Todd to appear in the Chicago production of “Star and Garter.”

Gerold then traveled east to Manhattan and opened Dec. 5, 1946, in “If The Shoe Fits,” a musical based on the Cinderella story. Show was produced by Leonard Sillman and the music was penned by David Raksin. It ran for 20 perfs.

She then appeared in “Small Wonder,” which opened Sept. 15, 1948, at the Coronet Theatre and ran for 134 performances.

She essayed the role of Lois Lane in the national tour of “Kiss Me, Kate,” which returned to Broadway Jan. 8, 1952 at the Broadway Theater.

She was married that same year and left show business to raise a family.

In 1961 she founded the Make Believe Players, a children’s theater group.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Gerold; two daughters; a son and six grandchildren.

Family suggests donations in her name be made to Doylestown Hospital, 595 W. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901.

More Scene

  • David Crosby

    David Crosby Says New Documentary 'Remember My Name' Is Like 'Being Naked in Public’

    “It’s not easy. It’s hard being naked in public,” David Crosby, the legendary troubadour of classic rock, reflected at Tuesday night’s New York City premiere of “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” “I don’t know what to do here. There’s no guitars, no drums,” he laughed. Directed by newcomer A.J. Eaton and produced by the legendary [...]

  • The Ultimate Guide to 2019 Comic-Con

    The Ultimate Guide to 2019 Comic-Con Parties and Activations

    Hollywood is heading down the California coast to San Diego because It’s time for 2019 Comic-Con International. The annual cosplay celebration officially kicks off tomorrow, July 18, with a preview happening tonight. Here, Variety gives you a guide to this year’s parties and activations. Make sure to check back for updates. Wednesday, July 17Amazon Prime [...]

  • Sir Elton John, David Furnish. Sir

    New Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala to be Held in the South of France

    Elton John and David Furnish are launching a new gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The two will host the inaugural A Midsummer Party benefit on July 24 in the south of France at the Johnny Pigozzi’s private estate, Villa Dorane, in Cap d’Antibes. A cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, a live [...]

  • Dwayne Johnson Idris Elba

    Dwayne Johnson: Idris Elba Nixed 'Black James Bond' Joke in 'Hobbs & Shaw'

    In the “Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw,” the movie’s villain Brixton, played by Idris Elba, spreads his arms out wide and declares “I’m black Superman.” It turns out that might not have been the original line. Dwayne Johnson tells Variety that Elba was first asked to proclaim he’s “black James Bond,” but the [...]

  • Matteo BocelliAmerican Icon Awards Gala, Inside,

    Top Music Manager Calls Out American Icon Awards for Failing to Pay Talent

    The centuries-old adage no good deed goes unpunished is a common refrain for star music manager Scott Rodger of late. Rodger, who represents Paul McCartney and Andrea Bocelli at Maverick, says his client Matteo Bocelli, the son of the opera star, was stiffed out of promised expense reimbursement by the American Icon Awards. The event, [...]

  • Mary Bailey Steve D'Angelo, Jim Belushi

    Cannabis Industry Tackles Justice Reform With 'Last Prisoner Project'

    Jim Belushi is standing two feet away in the backyard of his spacious Brentwood home, honking a harp like he’s a Blues Brother back in sweet home Chicago accompanied by noted reggae band Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany and Kyle Ahern, who provide a 12-bar shuffle. There’s the sweet smell of skunk — and success — hanging [...]

  • Dwayne Wade holds up the legend

    Dwyane Wade, Megan Rapinoe Win Big at 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards

    The 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards was filled with incredible athletes, inspiring moments and — of course — a massive amount of slime. “I love the kids. I love the slime. I loved the games. I love seeing celebrities and athletes like become kids again. And it’s like my favorite thing,” Michael Strahan told [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content