Marion Byron's first role was as Buster Keaton's leading lady in STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.
She was also teamed with Anita Garvin in what was Roach's first attempt at a "female version of Laurel and Hardy".
(1911-03-16)March 16, 1911
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||July 5, 1985(1985-07-05) (aged 74)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film actress, comedienne|
She was born in Dayton, Ohio. After following her sister into a short stage
She left Roach before they made talkies, but she went on working, now in musical features, like the Vitaphone film Broadway Babies (1929) with Alice White, and the early Technicolor feature, Golden Dawn (1930). She never made a big splash, with her parts slowly getting smaller and smaller until they were unbilled walk-ons in films like Meet the Baron (1933) starring Jack Pearl and Hips Hips Hooray (1934) with Wheeler & Woolsey. Her final screen appearance was as a baby
FamilyShe married screenwriter Lou Breslow in 1932 and they had two sons, Laurence Samuel Breslow (born 1939) and Daniel Robert Breslow (1944–1998). Marion Byron Breslow is buried at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California.
- Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins,, fifth edition, by Adrian Richard West Room (born 1933), McFarland & Company (2010) OCLC 663110495
- Tiny for Stage, But Just Right for Film Role, San Diego Union, October 13, 1929, pg. 71
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Roach's first attempt to make a "female Laurel and Hardy" team didn't last: after sound came in, the Thelma Todd series would be more successful. I recall a number of discussions about what was funny when who did it: my own feeling is that Thelma Todd was seen as a popular type in the 1930's and that as much as anything was responsible for the greater success of the later series, reguardless of the nature of the material in the films, and how suitable it might seem for women compared to how suitable it might be for men.
Marion Byron can be seen in a number of movies made in the early sound era. In HIPS, HIPS HURRAY, she was one of the girls that Wheeler and Woolsey kissed to test the lipstick- she was the real cute one that had such an effect on Bert Wheeler during the test. Makes you wonder why the
movie industry didn't think more highly of her.
A publicity item from early in the era of the talkies.
Roach's Female Comedy Teams:
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR: