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Una Merkel (Una Kohnfelder)

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Biography

Covington, Kentucky, USA
Una Merkel began her movie career as stand-in for Lillian Gish in the movie The Wind (1928). After that, she performed on Broadway before she returned to movies for the D.W. Griffith film Abraham Lincoln (1930). In her early years, before gaining a few pounds, she looked like Lillian Gish, but after Abraham Lincoln (1930) her comic potential was discovered. She mostly played supporting roles as the heroine's no-nonsense friend, but with her broad Southern accent and her peroxide blond hair, she gave one of her best performances as a wisecracking but not-so-bright chorus girl in 42nd Street (1933). Read more...

Actor

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Character: Dixie Dare

They Call It Sin 1932

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Character: Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman

Man Wanted 1932

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Character: Lorraine Fleming

42nd Street 1933

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Character: Amy Drexel

Evelyn Prentice 1934

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Character: Pet Pratt

The Cat's-Paw 1934

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Character: Joan O'Day

Have a Heart 1934

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Character: Kitty Corbett

Broadway Melody of 1936 1935

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Character: Jenny Saks

Born to Dance 1936

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Character: Lil

Riffraff 1936

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Character: Josephine 'Jo' Sanderson

Speed 1936

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Character: Daisy McClure

True Confession 1937

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Character: Flo Saunders

Some Like It Hot 1939

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Character: Myrtle Sousé

The Bank Dick 1940

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Character: Belinda Watters

Comin' Round the Mountain 1940

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Character: Rose Dibble

This Is the Army 1943

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Character: Patsy Wilkins

Sweethearts of the U.S.A. 1944

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Character: Sister Marie

With a Song in My Heart 1952

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Character: Mom Schneider

I Love Melvin 1953

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Character: Mariah Popham

Summer Magic 1963

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Character: Violet Ranley

Spinout 1966

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Character: Aunt Alta

I Spy 1965

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Character: Mrs. Winemiller

Summer and Smoke 1961

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Character: Miss Irma Gilbert

My Blue Heaven 1950

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Character: Maud

Climax! 1954

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Character: Mary Ann Crabtree

Golden Girl 1951

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Character: Rose Barton

Four Star Playhouse 1952

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Character: Aladdin's Mother

The DuPont Show of the Month 1957

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Character: Mrs. Omsk

Menu 1933

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Character: Sophie Wakefield

The Kentuckian 1955

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