|Other names Marie Elliott|
Role Film actress
Name Judith Allen
|Years active 1933 - 1952 (film)|
|Born February 8, 1911New York, New York, U.S.|
Died October 5, 1996, Yucca Valley, California, United States
Spouse Rudolph Field (m. 1941–1945), Jack Doyle (m. 1935–1938), Gus Sonnenberg (m. 1931–1933)
Movies The Thundering Herd, Bright Eyes, The Old Fashioned Way, Telephone Operator, Young and Beautiful
Similar People Gus Sonnenberg, David Butler, Jack Doyle, Joseph Kane, William Beaudine
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Judith Allen (February 8, 1911 – October 5, 1996) was an American film actress.
- Telephone operator 1937 drama alice white judith allen
- Early years
- Personal life
- Selected filmography
Allen was born Marie Elliott in New York City, and she grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts. She attended Leland Powers School in Boston and gained acting experience with a stock theater company.
Using the name Mari Colman, Allen worked as a commercial model in New York. That was where she was selected for a leading role in the film This Day and Age (1933). That role led to her name's being changed to Judith Allen. Robert S. Birchard wrote about the process in his book, Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood, comparing it to "a comic sequence in David O. Selznick's 1937 production of A Star Is Born." Birchard related: "Mari Colman was subjected to the same treatment as DeMille and Paramount tested long lists of potential screen names.... Somehow, the name ultimately bestowed upon her was Judith Allen."
Allen married wrestler Gus Sonnenberg in 1931 in New York City. They were divorced September 23, 1933, in Reno, Nevada. She married actor/boxer/singer Jack Doyle April 28, 1935, in Agua Caliente, Mexico. She filed for annulment March 15, 1937, in Los Angeles, California.