Marion Aye

Marion Aye

photograph from December 1921 Screenland
Born (1903-04-05)April 5, 1903
Chicago, Illinois
Died July 21, 1951(1951-07-21) (aged 48)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Suicide
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Other names Maryon Aye
Occupation Actress, Model, Vaudeville performer
Years active 1919-1926
  • Sherman William Plaskett (m. 1918; d. 1918)
  • Harry Wilson (m. 1920; div. 1924)
  • Ross Wilson Forrester (m. 1936)

Marion Aye (April 5, 1903 – July 21, 1951) was an American actress of screen and stage who starred in several films during the 1920s, mostly comedies. She is sometimes credited as Maryon Aye.

Early life and career

Born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of attorney James H. Aye,[1] she began her career at Balboa Studios in Long Beach.[2] She was later "discovered" by legendary moviemaker Mack Sennett, who made her one of his bathing beauties. She was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922. She was a capable dancer, a talent she exhibited in several films. Marion was Larry Semon's leading lady in The Hick and worked with Stan Laurel in The Weak-End Party. She also appeared in eighteen western shorts opposite Bob Reeves. When she signed a long-term film contract she became to first Hollywood star to agree to a morality clause.[3] Her last role was in the 1926 comedy Irene, starring Colleen Moore, although she continued to work in vaudeville.

She married her first husband, Sherman William Plaskett, when she was a teenager. He died just seven months after their wedding when he contracted Spanish influenza.[2] Her second husband was publicist Harry Wilson; they were married from 1920 until 1924.[4] She married actor Ross Wilson Forrester on September 22, 1936.[5]

Later years and death

Following retirement, she suffered isolation from the film industry, which had virtually forgotten her. In 1935 she attempted suicide. There were several more attempts, ending with her successful suicide in 1951 in Hollywood, California. On July 10, 1951, Aye was found in a "semi-conscious condition" after swallowing a handful of bi-chloride of mercury tablets in a motel room in Culver City, California. Her last words to her husband were: "I dropped one of the tablets on the floor and I'm afraid the dog will get it."[6] She died eleven days later in a Los Angeles County Hospital.[1] Her father reported that she was despondent after failing to get a part in a television play.[1] Her third husband, comedian Ross Forrester, was distraught, stating that he thought his wife was only joking about taking her life. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.[7]


Year Title Role Other notes
1919 A Yankee Doodle In Berlin Bathing Beauty Uncredited
1921 The Hick The Farmer's Daughter
Montana Bill
The Vengeance Trail Grace Winwood Credited as Maryon Aye
1922 Streak of Yellow
Double Reward
No Man's Gold
Phantom of the Hills
West Meets East
His Brother's Blood
The Claim Jumpers
The Weak-End Party Lily, the birthday girl
The Punctured Prince
1923 The Eternal Three Maid Credited as Maryon Aye
The Meanest Man in the World Nellie Clarke Credited as Maryon Aye
1924 The Last Man on Earth Red Sal
The Roughneck Marrat's Girl Credited as Maryon Aye
1926 Irene Helen Cheston Credited as Maryon Aye


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