Job Actress
Years active 1923-1966
Known for Wisecracking friends; maiden aunts and sassy spinsters (later career)
Top Roles Flo Saunders, Miss Bedelia Baines, Kitty Riley, Violet Ranley, Lily Belle
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Musical, Film Adaptation, Crime
Top TopicsBook-Based, Mistaken Identity, Pre-Code Cinema
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Lamour, Reginald Rose  see more..

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:

Gus Anderson: [Joan, who's a beautician, is giving Gus a manicure] The trouble with you dizzy dames is ya don't know how to make big money.
Joan O'Day: Hold still, willya? I suppose you do. You're nothing but a bundle-wrapper outta work.
Gus Anderson: A shipping clerk in quest of a situation,
[takes his left hand out of the soaking solution, and shakes his wet finger at her]
Gus Anderson: if ya don't mind!
Joan O'Day: Hey, quit that, willya?
Gus Anderson: Besides, it won't be long until I'm one of the biggest racketeers in the country. I'm gonna be a success, I am. Wait and see.
Joan O'Day: I don't expect to live that long.
[holding his hand and making a mock gasp]
Joan O'Day: Mr. Baumgarten, what beautiful moons you have!
Gus Anderson: Aw, now look here smarty, come across willya? All I'm askin' is for five dollars of m'own money. I'll run it up to 200 over the weekend.
Joan O'Day: Hmm, like ya ran up that last five dollars I gave ya down to fourteen cents.
Gus Anderson: [As Joan starts to trim his nails with a scissors] Well, can't a fella get a bad break? Ouch! Go easy!
Joan O'Day: Alright, Clarissa.
Gus Anderson: I shoulda known better than to play cards on a rainy Friday the thirteenth.
Joan O'Day: Ya shoulda known better than to play cards with that mob of thieves ya hang around with. Ya know they cheatcha.
Gus Anderson: Well, maybe they do, a little. But they're such nice guys. Anyhow, I hafta learn the angles, haven't I? Besides, I've got a way of gettin' even with 'em if I just had a five-dollar stake.
[Tickling her under the chin with his wet hand]
Gus Anderson: Aw, ya look so pretty today, ducky-wucky.
Joan O'Day: [Wiping her chin with a towel] You know better than to ducky-wucky me.
Gus Anderson: Alright, alright, Brain Trust, if ya don't believe me, just look at this. Right there.
[He hands her a folded newspaper showing an ad that reads "SURPRISE YOUR FRIENDS! Get a pack of Sure-Fire Playing Cards. You can tell at a glance what cards your opponents hold in their hands!"]
Joan O'Day: [reading aloud from the ad] "IT CAN'T MISS! IT CAN'T FAIL! Send $2.00 today. P. O. Box 432, Wilmington, South Dakota." Well, I must say, that's a nice surprise for your friends. Did you send the two dollars?
Gus Anderson: The cards'll be here any day. Do I get the five?
Joan O'Day: Yo

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?


King Achmet: Now tell me, if you weren't married... if you weren't my wife, could you fall for Gabrielovitsch?
Queen Dolores: If I weren't married... if I had it to do over again, and had the choice between you and Gabrielovitsch? Frankly, I'd take you.
[King Achmet laughs contentedly]
Queen Dolores: That shows you what I think of Gabrielovitsch.


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

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.

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