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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Maryon Aye's Story


Maryon Aye (sometimes credited as Marion Aye) was a promising star during the 1920s but her life ended in tragedy. She was born Maryon Eloise Aye on April 5, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, James Aye Sr, was a wealthy attorney and her mother, Eloise, was a housewife. She had a younger brother named James. The family lived at 148 Gale Avenue in River Forest, Ilinois. They moved to Los Angeles, California in 1911. Maryon was discovered by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle who helped her get a contract at Balboa Studios. She made several films with comedian Frank Kingsley. One month before her fifteenth birthday, on March 11, 1918, she eloped with Sherman William Plaskett. She lied on her marriage license and said she was eighteen. Sherman was a twenty-five year old cameraman and member of the Army's Signal Corps.


Sadly he passed away just seven months after the wedding from Spanish Influenza. In 1919 Maryon met Hollywood producer Mack Sennett and became one of his bathing beauties, She appeared in some of Sennett's comedies and toured the country making personal appearances with the other bathing beauties. Maryon moved to New York City and was briefly engaged to a wealthy banker. She was offered a job singing and dancing in Bothwell Browne's Revue. On January 23, 1920 she married Harry D. Wilson, the manager of the revue. They returned to Hollywood and Harry became a successful press agent. Maryon was offered a long term movie contract in 1921. She became the first actress to sign a contract with a morality clause in it.


Maryon costarred with Larry Semon in The Hick and made a series of Westerns with Bob Reeves. In 1922 she was chosen to be a WAMPAS Baby Star by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers. It was an award her husband Harry had created. Unfortunately Maryon's marriage to Harry ended in 1924. She claimed he had deserted her and the judge granted her spousal support of $50 dollars a week. After their divorce she began dating Bryant Washburn, her costar in The Meanest Man In The World. When she wasn't making movies Maryon performed in vaudeville with a jazz band. She also starred in a song and dance revue with Leo White. Maryon was becoming a popular actress and was offered a new five year contract with Truart Pictures. She starred in the comedy The Last Man On Earth and had a supporting role in the drama The Eternal Three.


Unfortunately she wasn't given any other good parts and her movie career stalled. In 1926 she had a supporting role the comedy Irene with Colleen Moore. Maryon continued to work in the theater and on the radio. She went to San Francisco in 1929 to star in the play Flat Tire. After one performance the entire cast were arrested for putting on an "indecent show". She had a small part in the 1930 comedy Up The River. This would be her final film. In 1931 Maryon returned to the stage appearing in the play Bad Girl. The following year she got rave reviews when she starred in The Married Virgin at The Moulin Rouge in Oakland. Sadly Maryon suffered from depression and in 1935 she attempted suicide. She married actor Ross Wilson Forrester on September 22, 1936.

                                                                                                 
The couple worked together on several radio shows. Maryon and Ross moved in with her parents in Burbank. They never had children. Ross quit show business and began working as an aircraft inspector. In February of 1951 her beloved mother Eloise died. Maryon wanted to make a comeback so she auditioned for a role on television. When she didn't get the part she became very depressed. On July 10, 1951 Maryon and her husband checked into a motel in Culver City. That evening she swallowed a large amount of bi-chloride of mercury and collapsed. Eleven days later, on July 21, she died at the age of forty-eight. She was buried next to her mother at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California. Maryon Aye was a beautiful and talented performer who sadly never found the success or happiness she wanted.

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