Marian Nixon

Marian Nixon
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Marian Nixon
Film: East side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born Oct. 20, 1904 in Superior, WI
Died Feb. 13, 1983 of complications following open heart surgery in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Marian Nixon's 44 sound films and scores of silent pictures included the first romantic role of Spencer Tracy in 1933.

As with many film pioneers, Nixon abandoned one entertainment career to pursue another, quitting a ballet troupe in Los Angeles in about 1918 to seek work in films.

In the 1920s, Nixon shared the silent screen with Tom Mix, Buck Jones and Reginald Denny.

She met her future husband director William A. Seiter in 1926 on the set of "What Happened to Jones?" Nixon and Seiter married in August 1934, this was the third marriage for both of them.

Her film credits include "Devil's Island," "The Show of Shows," "Charlie Chan's Chance," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and "We're Rich Again."

Nixon retired from films in 1936. In 1971 she married actor Ben Lyon.

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