Maria Palmer

Maria Palmer (born Maria Pichler,[1] 5 September 1917 – 6 September 1981) was an Austrian-born American actress.

Maria Palmer
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Maria Pichler

(1917-09-05)5 September 1917
Died6 September 1981(1981-09-06) (aged 64)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Alma materVienna Conservatory
Years active1923-1967
Spouse(s)Dr. Franz Marmorek (1933-?) divorced

Early lifeEdit

Palmer was born and raised in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Vienna, Austria) on 5 September 1917. She first appeared on stage as a child actor, in various Max Reinhardt productions. She trained as a dancer, and was a member of the Bodenwieser Ensemble. She later studied drama and voice at the Vienna Conservatory.[citation needed]


In 1938, a year before the outbreak of war, Palmer emigrated with her parents to the United States.[2] She first performed on the stage in New York City, most notably in the 1942 production of The Moon Is Down.[3]

She moved into film, helping to meet Hollywood's demand for exotic foreign women for war films and films noir. Her 1942 debut was playing Catherine de' Medici in the 1942 short Nostradamus and the Queen. Her feature film debut was in Mission to Moscow (1943). She continued in 1944 with Days of Glory, opposite Gregory Peck, and later that year, Lady on a Train.

In the 1950s, her film career declined and she went into radio, television and commercials. She even started her own production company, called Maria Palmer Enterprises. In the early 1960s, Palmer hosted her own Los Angeles show, entitled "Sincerely, Maria Palmer". In her later years, Palmer wrote a number of unproduced television screenplays, often using the pseudonym Eliot Parker White. In 1962, she played "Elsa" in the episode "The Immigrants" on CBS's Rawhide and Marushka Vesterhauzy on the episode "A Bird of Warning" on NBC's Sam Benedict. Her papers, covering the years 1922–1975, are held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

When she was 16, Palmer married Dr. Franz Marmorek; they later divorced.[5]

Later lifeEdit

Palmer died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on 6 September 1981,[2] the day after her 64th birthday. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1923 Rumpelstilzchen Girl
1943 Mission to Moscow Tanya Litvinov
1944 Days of Glory Yelena
1945 Lady on a Train Margo Martin
1946 Rendezvous 24 Greta Holvig
1947 The Other Love Huberta
1947 The Web Martha Kroner
1948 13 Lead Soldiers Estelle Prager, alias Estelle Gorday
1950 Surrender Janet Barton
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Countess Lili Szadvany
1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Renee LaRue
1953 Flight Nurse Captain Martha Ackerman
1956 Three for Jamie Dawn Julia Karek
1958 Outcasts of the City
1964 The Evil of Frankenstein Rena's Mother (additional sequence: US), Uncredited


  1. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael "Bobb" (2013). The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. McFarland. p. 145. ISBN 9781476602011. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Noted Actress Maria Palmer Is Dead At 56". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. Associated Press. September 14, 1981. p. 24. Retrieved July 17, 2017 – via  
  3. ^ "("Maria Palmer" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Maria Palmer papers". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  5. ^ Carroll, Harrison (November 15, 1955). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Lethbridge Herald. Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta. p. 2. Retrieved July 17, 2017 – via  
  6. ^ "Maria Palmer". Find A Grave. Retrieved 8 March 2014.

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