Doris Roberta Merrick (nee Simpson, June 6, 1919 – November 30, 2019) was an American film actress and model.

Doris Merrick
Doris Roberta Simpson

(1919-06-06)June 6, 1919
DiedNovember 30, 2019(2019-11-30) (aged 100)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1942–1955
Maximilian "Max" Marek
(m. 1936; div. 1944)

John Meagher Knoll
(m. 1946; div. 1962)

Matthew Lawton Hatfield
(m. 1964; died 1986)


Merrick was born in June 1919, to Joseph Merrick and Nellie Simpson, and had five brothers and four sisters. She attended Hyde Park High School and worked as a singer with her sisters, before becoming a soloist at NBC, she subsequently worked as a model before signing a contract with Warner Bros. in 1941. She was first given the name Beth Drake but changed to Doris Merrick not long after. After appearing in an uncredited role in Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney, in 1941, she made her star film debut the following year in Girl Trouble. While a couple of her roles went uncredited she had a notable supporting role in the Laurel and Hardy comedy The Big Noise (1944). She appeared in the magazine Yank, the Army Weekly during the WWII years and her professional acting career ended in 1955.[1][2][3] She was married to boxer Max Marek from 1936 to 1944, before being married to rancher and lumberman John Meagher Knoll from 1946 to 1962.[4] Merrick lived in the Golden Valley Estates Assisted Living Centre in Yuma, Arizona and was going under her married name of Doris Hatfield. Merrick turned 100 in June 2019 and died in November.[5][6]



  1. ^ "Doris Merrick". Glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Beth Drake, beautiful movie starlet". The Milwaukee Journal. January 17, 1942. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Beth Drake is a tenth of one man's family". Oakland Tribune. 31 May 1942. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "That's Not Cheesecake, It's My Sis!' Says Bill". Mediterranean Marseilles Stars and Stripes. January 27, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Silver screen star calls Yuma home
  6. ^ Lord Heath: Doris Merrick profile

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