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Job Actress
Years active 1923-1966
Known for Wisecracking friends; maiden aunts and sassy spinsters (later career)
Top Roles Verbena, Sister Marie, Fritzi, Flo Saunders, Miss Bedelia Baines
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Musical, Film Adaptation, Crime
Top TopicsBook-Based, Pre-Code Cinema, Mistaken Identity
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Shares birthday with Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Lamour, Mako  see more..

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Una Merkel Overview:

Legendary character actress, Una Merkel, was born Una Kohnfelder on Dec 10, 1903 in Covington, KY. Merkel died at the age of 82 on Jan 2, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, KY.

MINI BIO:

Una Merkel was a pixieish American actress with dimpled cheeks and red-gold hair. She sometimes played leading roles in the thirties, but more often was cast as the heroine's wisecracking friend or characters called 'Tootsie,' 'Trixie' and the like. In post-war years, looking more sprite-like than ever, she turned up as maiden aunts and sassy spinsters. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Merkel was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1961Best Supporting ActressSummer and Smoke (1961)Mrs. WinemillerNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Una Merkel Quotes:

Lillian 'Lil': Sally, I'm the happiest girl in the world. I'm in love and I'm gonna be married.
Sally: You're gonna marry Albert?
Lillian 'Lil': No, Gaerste.
Sally: In love with Gaerste?
Lillian 'Lil': No, Albert. Besides, I always did wanna learn french.
Sally: Oh, why don't you get yourself a laundryman and learn chinese?


Verbena 'Ever's Housekeeper': I'm not saying a word. Not one single word.


Abraham Lincoln: You know, I feel like little Jimmy Watkins. He got a hunk of gingerbread the other day and said, 'I guess there's nobody loves gingerbread like I does and gets so little of it.'
Ann Rutledge: Oh, Abe.
Abraham Lincoln: Ann, will you... will you marry me? I mean, of course, when I get out of debt and can support you?
Ann Rutledge: Well, you know, Abe, I've intended to for a long while. That is, of course, if you ask me.
Abraham Lincoln: You... you mean...?
Ann Rutledge: Yes, Abe... you've got your gingerbread.


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Una Merkel Facts
Was originally signed for the title role in Blondie (1938) but was replaced before filming began.

She almost died in 1946 when her mother committed suicide by turning on the gas.

On March 2, 1952 Una Merkel was rushed to hospital after an overdose of sleeping pills and was in a coma.

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