Marla English Dead at 77 – Starred in SHE-CREATURE and VOODOO WOMAN
Her movie career only lasted four years, but after playing uncredited as “Girl at Songwriter’s Party” in Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, the stunning Marla English had a string of featured roles. Two films, THE SHE-CREATURE (1956) and VOODOO WOMAN (1957) are cult classics featuring memorable Paul Blaisdell creatures. She’d been modeling since age 12 but she reportedly had some unpleasant experiences with a few people in show business, including Dean Martin and, particularly, billionaire Howard Hughes, and dropped out of the scene. She was quite secretive and would never sit down for an interview or discuss her film career. Marla English was 77 when she died over a month ago, but because of her reclusiveness, news of her death took a while to reach her fans.
From The UT San Diego:
Not long after a 16-year-old Marla English was crowned the Del Mar Fair’s youngest Fairest of the Fair in 1951, Hollywood came calling. Signed to a seven-year contract with Paramount Studios and earning $150 a week, the raven-haired beauty appeared in several B-movies including “Living It Up,” “Shield for Murder” and “Hell’s Horizon.”
Three years into her career, Ms. English was poised for stardom when she was cast opposite Spencer Tracy in a movie set in the French Alps. She walked away from the project, marrying prominent San Diego businessman A. Paul Sutherland a short time later and living the rest of her life as a virtual recluse.
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