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Linda Watkins

From Wikipedia Linda Watkins (born May 23, 1908 – October 31, 1976) was an actress in theater, motion pictures, and television. She was born Linda Mathews Watkins in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gardiner and Elizabeth R. (Mathews) Watkins. At the age of sixteen Watkins' parents sent her to study at the Theatre Guild. After six months she began to appear with the guild's summer repertory program in Scarborough, New York. Instead of finishing her studies at the guild, she pursued a job at the office of Charles Hopkins. When he asked Watkins if she preferred playing comedy or drama, she replied, "Tragedy." He was casting for a comedy production and Watkins was offered the lead role She debuted in movies in Sob Sister (1931), a film in which she plays a female reporter. Reviewer Muriel Babcock remarked that Watkins "is cool, blond, poised, good to look upon. She plays the title role with admirable restraint and gives every evidence of being a comer in films." Her second movie was Good Sport (1931), a screen adaptation of a story by William J. Hurlbut. Produced by the Fox Film Company, Watkins depicts Marilyn Parker, a naive wife caught up in a love triangle. Her co-stars were Alan Dinehart and John Boles. She appeared in Charlie Chan's Chance, a lost 1932 film starring Warner Oland as the famous detective. Edmund Lowe and Watkins co-starred in Cheaters at Play (1932). Directed for Fox by Kenneth MacKenna, the motion picture was adapted from a story by Gene Towne. In 1938, Watkins also screen tested for the part of Scarlet O'Hara in the forthcoming Gone With The Wind (1939), however she was not selected. Watkins married film boards' lawyer, Gabriel L. Hess, at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, on January 28, 1932. Hess was attorney for Will Hays and the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. He got his start in the movie business with Samuel Goldwyn and Samuel Goldwyn Films. Watkins was a close friend of Hess' first wife, Katherine Hawley. She was one of the first to send sympathy when Hawley was thrown from a horse and killed. Watkins and Hess had a son, Adam Hess, who was an attorney and secretary for the Aetna until his death in 1969; he left three daughters, Elizabeth, Faye, and Emily, the only grandchildren of Watkins. Watkins obtained her release from Fox prior to her marriage. A later romance with actor Tom Drake ended in 1959. Linda Watkins died in Los Angeles in 1976.



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Born:
May 23, 1908
Movie/TV Credits:
40
First Appeared:
In the movie Good Sport 1931-12-12
Latest Project:
Movie Bad Ronald 1974-10-23
Known For
Poster of Bad Ronald
Poster of Cash McCall
Poster of From Hell It Came
Poster of Good Sport
Filmography

Bad Ronald (1974)

Drama Horror Thriller
Movie
as Mrs. Schumacher
6 14 votes

Emergency! (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 11 votes

The Waltons (1972)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.8 19 votes

Ironside (1967)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 18 votes

Mannix (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 11 votes

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Run for Your Life (1965)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

Comedy
Movie
as Edna
5.0 6 votes

The Munsters (1964)

Comedy Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.0 39 votes

Sam Benedict (1962)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Asphalt Jungle (1961)

Series
as Unknown

The Parent Trap (1961)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Edna Robinson
6.8 74 votes

Ichabod and Me (1961)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The New Breed (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

Cash McCall (1960)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Marie Austen
7.5 2 votes

Surfside 6 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

My Three Sons (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.2 8 votes

Route 66 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 5 votes

The Roaring 20's (1960)

Series
as Unknown

Peter Loves Mary (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Johnny Staccato (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Third Man (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

Hawaiian Eye (1959)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

Going Steady (1958)

Movie
as Aunt Lola

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

From Hell It Came (1957)

Horror
Movie
as Mrs. Mae Kilgore
2.5 4 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

M Squad (1957)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Cheyenne (1955)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 4 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 44 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Letter to Loretta (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Playthings of Desire (1933)

Movie
as Gloria Dawn

Good Sport (1931)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Marilyn Parker