Born in Acton, Indiana as Mary Tomlinson, she attended Franklin College, in Franklin, Indiana. She adopted a stage name to avoid embarrassing her father, who was a minister. She worked in vaudeville on the Chautauqua and Orpheum circuits, and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her first film was A House Divided in 1931.
She began playing upper class dowagers, but was ultimately typecast in abrasive, domineering, salty roles: her distinct voice was like chalk upon a blackboard.
She married Stanley LeFevre Krebs, who died in 1935.
She repeated her stage role in Dead End in the movie version of 1937, and was subsequently cast repeatedly as the mother of gangsters.
She again transferred a strong stage performance, as a dude ranch operator in The Women, to film in 1939.
She made six comedies with Wallace Beery in the 1940s.
She played Ma Kettle in The Egg and I in 1947 opposite Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the role, and repeated it in nine more films.
Her near-pathological fear of germs did not interfere with her career.
She died in Los Angeles, California, of lung cancer.
Marjorie Main Facts
|Birth Name||Mary Tomlinson|
|Birthday||February 24, 1890|
|Birthplace||Acton, Indiana, USA|
|Date of death||April 10, 1975 (age 85)|
|Height||5' 7" (1m70) How tall is Marjorie Main compared to you?|
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