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Marion Byron

Personal information
Birth nameMiriam Bilenkin
Birth dateMarch 16, 1911
Place of birthDayton, Ohio, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 5, 1985(age 74)
Death placeSanta Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm actress, comedienne
SpouseLou Breslow

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Marion "Peanuts" Byron (born Miriam Bilenkin; March 16, 1911 - July 5, 1985) was a petite, plucky American movie comedienne.

She was born in Dayton, Ohio. After following her sister into a short stage career as a singer/dancer, she was given her first movie role as Buster Keaton's leading lady in the film Steamboat Bill Jr. in 1928. From there she was hired by Hal Roach to co-star in short subjects with Max Davidson, Edgar Kennedy, and Charley Chase, but most significantly with Anita Garvin, where tiny (5') Marion was teamed with 6' Anita for a brief (3 film) series as a "female Laurel & Hardy" in 1928 - 1929.

She left Roach before they made talkies, but she went on working, now in musical features, like the Vitaphone film Broadway Babies (1929) with Alice White, and the early Technicolor feature, Golden Dawn (1930). She never made a big splash, with her parts slowly getting smaller and smaller until they were unbilled walk-ons in films like Meet the Baron (1933) starring Jack Pearl and Hips Hips Hooray (1934) with Wheeler & Woolsey. Her final screen appearance was as a baby nurse to the Dionne Quintuplets in their film, Six of a Kind (1938).

She married screenwriter Lou Breslow in 1932 and they had a son, Larry Breslow, in 1939.

She died aged 74, in Santa Monica, California.

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