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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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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:

Georgia Latham: I'll call you Godfrey. It'll sound like I'm swearing.


Elizabeth Katherine Anne 'Lisl' Gluck: I know I'm only happy when I'm thinking about Toni.
Fanni Kerner: Honestly, Lisl, I can't see what you see in that piano player.
Elizabeth Katherine Anne 'Lisl' Gluck: Oh, I know you think he's conceited. I like conceited men. I don't like the other kind.
Fanni Kerner: What other kind?


Mariah Popham: You never can look on the dark side, livin' with Mr. Popham.
Margaret Carey: Well, he certainly keeps our spirits up.
Mariah Popham: That's because you don't get him steady. Hopefulness meals, hopefulness days, hopefulness nights, nothin' but one everlastin' stream of hopefulness! Even when he was a boy, Mr. Popham always looked on the bright side whether there was any or not. Oh, his ma and pa got terrible sick of it!
Margaret Carey: It's mighty wonderful, seeing the bright side of everything.
Mariah Popham: Mighty tiring! Now I believe in a cloud that's a first-class cloud, clean and black all the way through. I get mighty tired of Mr. Popham and his silver linings!
Nancy Carey: Well, we all believe in silver linings and rainbows--
Mariah Popham: Well, I don't! I expect the worst and I ain't never been disappointed!


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

Father: (Albert) Arno Merkel born May 9, 1882 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Died December 23, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. Mother: Bessie Phares Merkel died in New York, NY on March 5, 1945. She was 61 years old. Interred in Covington, Kentucky.

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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