But the demands of a successful career led to a rocky personal life for her, resulting in three divorces over the years.
Known as the "girl with the perfect face," irony followed her. She played the TV character of Dora Gray (female for Dorian Gray) in two episodes of Wagon Train in 1958, and, also ironically, appeared in a 1957 episode of Climax entitled "Trial By Fire."
Her last movie was Black Spurs, in 1965. On April 10 of that same year she visited a friend in Chicago who had once been her secretary, and fell asleep while smoking in bed, causing a fire that killed her. For yet more irony, at the time she had been watching a TV rerun of her own film, Star Dust.
But although Linda may be gone, cruel fate will not be permitted to have the last laugh. Thanks to DVDs and the internet, her memory will now electronically live forever.
Darling Darnell's Best:
Black Spurs (1965)
Second Chance (1953)
No Way Out (1950)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Forever Amber (1947)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Great John L. (1945)
Fallen Angel (1945)
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Blood and Sand (1941)
Chad Hanna (1940)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Brigham Young (1940)
Star Dust (1940)
Daytime Wife (1939)
Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell
And The American Dream
Biography By Ronald L. Davis (1991)
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Linda Darnell On The Internet Movie Data Base
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