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Linda Darnell Collection

Life magazine called her "the most physically perfect girl in Hollywood", Linda Darnell landed the role in Hotel for Women at the age of 15.

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"Lux Radio: Letter to Three Wives"



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Linda Darnell
Linda Darnell was best known as a Hollywood Pin-up girls in WWII. Through the 1940s, she appeared in a number of big budget films.

Linda DarnellHer mother Pearl Brown brought two children from a former marriage to her second marriage to Dallas postal clerk Calvin Roy Darnell. Pearl saw something special in Calvin's second child, Monetta Eloyse, whom they called Linda. Pearl was well aware of Linda's beauty and was determined to push her towards show biz success.

Linda DarnellLinda began modeling at the age of 11 to help the household financially and found herself on stage at the age of 13. She appeared in several beauty contests. In 1936 she joined the Dallas Little Theater and was hired as a hostess at the Texas Centennial Exposition. In 1937, a talent scout for 20th Century Fox spotted Linda and arranged for her to go to Hollywood. Soon after her arrival the studio sent her home for being too young; she wasn't quite 14 at the time.

At the age of 15 she did land a contract with Fox. She claimed she was 17, the studio thought she could pass as 19 and gave her Loretta Young's role in Hotel for Women (Young was asking for too much money). When her actual age was revealed, she gained some notoriety as one of the few leading ladies working under the age of 16.

Despite her youth, Linda turned out great performances, and Life magazine called her "the most physically perfect girl in Hollywood". She appeared opposite Tyrone Power in a series of films, including Day-Time Wife (1939), Brigham Young (1940), The Mark of Zorro (1940) and Blood and Sand (1941).

Linda's career stalled after Blood and Sand. She acknowledged that the public was tiring of the "sweet young thing" roles she was playing. She was considered for a number of roles which went to other starlets, reportedly because she refused Darryl F. Zanuck's advances. With the War on, Linda was a natural pin-up girl, and was a regular on Command Performance and G.I. Journal. She also found time to have some laughs on Duffy's Tavern when Archie tries to talk her into going to the policeman's ball.

Her career began to rebound with Forever Amber (1947), which was a risky role for Darnell to take. Although studio publicity compared the novel and the casting of the female lead to Gone With The Wind, the book had been banned by the Hayes Commission for being immoral. It was one of the few times her raven tresses were not seen, she was dyed red for the title role, a woman in 17th century England who uses men to get what she wants. Unfortunately, the film failed to live up to the hype.

Linda found some success in the comedy/drama A Letter to Three Wives (1949), and reprised her role on Lux Radio Theater and Screen Guild Theater. Movie roles became sporadic during the 1950s, and she even moved to Europe hoping to find success.

Linda Darnell's ashes are interred in her son in law's family plot at Union Hill Cemetery, Chester County, PA. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1631 Vine Street honors her work in the Motion Picture Industry.

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    31 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 3 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 17 hours 3 minutes
      1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 460301 330 Linda Darnell.mp3
      2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 501020 572 12th Anniversary Show.mp3
      3. Calv 481101 584 Blue Cockade.mp3
      4. Charlie Mccarthy 471012 Linda Darnell.mp3
      5. Continental Celebrity Club 460223 12 Linda Darnell.mp3
      6. CP 421024 038 Linda Darnell Red Skelton Erskine Hawkins.mp3
      7. CP 430102 045 Linda Darnell Ink Spots Cab Calloway.mp3
      8. CP 441118 150 Linda Darnell, Woody Herman, Amos 'n' Andy.mp3
      9. CP 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante Copy.mp3
      10. CP 451025 197 Eddie Cantor, Mel Torme.mp3
      11. CP 451129 201 Linda Darnell, Lena Horne, Jack Kirkwood.mp3
      12. CP 460529 Fourth Anniversary Special.mp3
      13. CP 491011 396 Linda Darnell Garry Moore Bob Carroll.mp3
      14. Duffys Tavern 450119 155 Archie Linda Darnell Policemen Ball.mp3
      15. Gi Journal 431022 014 Stealin’ Apples.mp3
      16. Gi Journal 431119 020 Suwannee.mp3
      17. Gi Journal 440211 031 I Know That You Know.mp3
      18. Gi Journal 440714 054 Snoqualamie Joe.mp3
      19. Gi Journal 440825 058 How Many Hearts Have You Broken.mp3
      20. Hallmark Playhouse 490505 046 Mother.mp3
      21. Hollywood Star Time 460120 03 Daytime Wife.mp3
      22. Hollywood Star Time 460407 14 Hangover Square.mp3
      23. Lux Radio Theater 460617 532 Fallen Angel.mp3
      24. Lux Radio Theater 500220 690 Letter To Three Wives.mp3
      25. Martin Lewis 520222 058 Linda Darnell.mp3
      26. Martin Lewis 530414 097 Linda Darnell.mp3
      27. News 421212 NBCB Over Here Milton Berle Linda Darnell.mp3
      28. Over Here 421213 Cont Milton Berle, Linda Darnell.mp3
      29. Screen Guild 440207 182 True To Life.mp3
      30. Screen Guild 440925 213 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
      31. Screen Guild 491103 437 Letter To Three Wives.mp3
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    31 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 3 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 17 hours 3 minutes
      1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 460301 330 Linda Darnell.mp3
      2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 501020 572 12th Anniversary Show.mp3
      3. Calv 481101 584 Blue Cockade.mp3
      4. Charlie Mccarthy 471012 Linda Darnell.mp3
      5. Continental Celebrity Club 460223 12 Linda Darnell.mp3
      6. CP 421024 038 Linda Darnell Red Skelton Erskine Hawkins.mp3
      7. CP 430102 045 Linda Darnell Ink Spots Cab Calloway.mp3
      8. CP 441118 150 Linda Darnell, Woody Herman, Amos 'n' Andy.mp3
      9. CP 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante Copy.mp3
      10. CP 451025 197 Eddie Cantor, Mel Torme.mp3
      11. CP 451129 201 Linda Darnell, Lena Horne, Jack Kirkwood.mp3
      12. CP 460529 Fourth Anniversary Special.mp3
      13. CP 491011 396 Linda Darnell Garry Moore Bob Carroll.mp3
      14. Duffys Tavern 450119 155 Archie Linda Darnell Policemen Ball.mp3
      15. Gi Journal 431022 014 Stealin’ Apples.mp3
      16. Gi Journal 431119 020 Suwannee.mp3
      17. Gi Journal 440211 031 I Know That You Know.mp3
      18. Gi Journal 440714 054 Snoqualamie Joe.mp3
      19. Gi Journal 440825 058 How Many Hearts Have You Broken.mp3
      20. Hallmark Playhouse 490505 046 Mother.mp3
      21. Hollywood Star Time 460120 03 Daytime Wife.mp3
      22. Hollywood Star Time 460407 14 Hangover Square.mp3
      23. Lux Radio Theater 460617 532 Fallen Angel.mp3
      24. Lux Radio Theater 500220 690 Letter To Three Wives.mp3
      25. Martin Lewis 520222 058 Linda Darnell.mp3
      26. Martin Lewis 530414 097 Linda Darnell.mp3
      27. News 421212 NBCB Over Here Milton Berle Linda Darnell.mp3
      28. Over Here 421213 Cont Milton Berle, Linda Darnell.mp3
      29. Screen Guild 440207 182 True To Life.mp3
      30. Screen Guild 440925 213 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
      31. Screen Guild 491103 437 Letter To Three Wives.mp3
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    31 recordings on 17 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 33 min

    Disc A001

    1. CP 421024 038 Linda Darnell Red Skelton Erskine Hawkins

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    Disc A002

    1. News 421212 NBCB Over Here Milton Berle Linda Darnell

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    Disc A003

    1. Over Here 421213 Cont Milton Berle, Linda Darnell
    2. CP 430102 045 Linda Darnell Ink Spots Cab Calloway

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    Disc A004

    1. Gi Journal 431022 014 Stealin’ Apples
    2. Gi Journal 431119 020 Suwannee

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    Disc A005

    1. Screen Guild 440207 182 True To Life
    2. Gi Journal 440211 031 I Know That You Know

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    Disc A006

    1. Gi Journal 440714 054 Snoqualamie Joe
    2. Gi Journal 440825 058 How Many Hearts Have You Broken

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    Disc A007

    1. Screen Guild 440925 213 It Happened Tomorrow
    2. CP 441118 150 Linda Darnell, Woody Herman, Amos 'n' Andy

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    Disc A008

    1. CP 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante Copy
    2. Duffys Tavern 450119 155 Archie Linda Darnell Policemen Ball

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    Disc A009

    1. CP 451025 197 Eddie Cantor, Mel Torme
    2. CP 451129 201 Linda Darnell, Lena Horne, Jack Kirkwood

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    Disc A010

    1. Hollywood Star Time 460120 03 Daytime Wife
    2. Continental Celebrity Club 460223 12 Linda Darnell

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    Disc A011

    1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 460301 330 Linda Darnell
    2. Hollywood Star Time 460407 14 Hangover Square

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    Disc A012

    1. Lux Radio Theater 460617 532 Fallen Angel

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    Disc A013

    1. Charlie Mccarthy 471012 Linda Darnell
    2. Calv 481101 584 Blue Cockade

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    Disc A014

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 490505 046 Mother
    2. CP 491011 396 Linda Darnell Garry Moore Bob Carroll

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    Disc A015

    1. Screen Guild 491103 437 Letter To Three Wives

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    Disc A016

    1. Lux Radio Theater 500220 690 Letter To Three Wives
    2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 501020 572 12th Anniversary Show

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    Disc A017

    1. Martin Lewis 520222 058 Linda Darnell
    2. Martin Lewis 530414 097 Linda Darnell

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