Portrait of Marjorie Lord 1950s P1231

Acquired from her estate. 24″ x 30″ Unframed, unsigned, oil on canvas.

 

Price on request.

Marjorie Lord (born Marjorie Wollenberg; July 26, 1918 – November 28, 2015) was a beloved American television and film actress. She played Kathy “Clancy” Williams, opposite Danny Thomas’s character on Make Room for Daddy and later Make Room for Granddaddy.

Stage

In 1935, at the age of 16, Lord made her Broadway debut in The Old Maid with Judith Anderson. Her other Broadway appearances came in Signature (1945), Little Brown Jug (1946), and The Girl in the Freudian Slip (1967). Although most of Lord’s success came in television, she said in 1963: “I am primarily a stage actress. That’s what I was trained to do and that’s my first love.” In the 1970s, Lord was active in dinner theater productions, spending 34 weeks in such presentations in 1973 alone.

Film

One film reference book summarized Lord’s movie career by saying, “For two decades, she played leading roles in mostly routine films …” Lord was signed by RKO Radio Pictures in 1935. While appearing in Springtime for Henry with Edward Everett Horton, director Henry Koster approached her and signed her to a contract with Universal Studios. She appeared in six feature films and a film serial The Adventures of Smilin’ Jack for Universal. Her film work includes a number of wartime pictures, including the 1943 mystery Sherlock Holmes in Washington, starring Basil Rathbone in the title role. She also appeared in the western films Masked Raiders, Mexican Manhunt and Down Laredo Way. In 1966, she played Mrs. Martha Meade, the wife of Bob Hope’s character in the screwball comedy Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!.

Television

Lord appeared in a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger titled “Bullets for Ballots”, also featuring Craig Stevens, and a 1955 episode entitled “The Law Lady”. She appeared on the 1951 episode “The Return of Trigger Dawson” of Bill Williams’s syndicated western television series The Adventures of Kit Carson and the 1954 production of “Shadow of Truth” on Ford Theatre.

In 1956, while she was appearing in Anniversary Waltz, Lord caught the attention of Danny Thomas, who asked her to replace Jean Hagen as his television wife on Make Room for Daddy. Hagen had played Thomas’ wife since the series’ inception, but she was written out of the script in 1956. Lord accepted, and played the role until the show was cancelled in 1964. In 1970, Lord and Thomas, along with several other original supporting actors, returned to television with Make Room for Granddaddy. The show lasted just one season.[9]

Later years

Lord remained active beyond her 90th birthday. On May 8, 2008, she participated in a “Salute to Television Moms” panel discussion organized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.