Maris Wrixon

Mary Alice "Maris" Wrixon (December 28, 1916 – October 6, 1999) was an American film and television actress. She appeared in over 50 films between 1939 and 1951.

Maris Wrixon
Maris Wrixon by George Hurrell.jpg
Wrixon in 1938 by George Hurrell
Mary Alice Wrixon

(1916-12-28)December 28, 1916
DiedOctober 16, 1999(1999-10-16) (aged 82)
Years active1939 – 1951
(m. 1940; died 1999)

Early yearsEdit

Wrixon was born in Billings, Montana,[2] and raised in Great Falls,[3] one of three children[4] born to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Wrixon.[5] Her interest in acting was sparked by a role she had in a class play[6] when she was a student at Great Falls High School.[7]

She gained acting experience at the Pasadena Community Playhouse.[8]


Wrixon first appeared in films in the late 1930s, making one film in 1938 and 10 in 1939.[3] Between 1940 and 1942, she appeared in 29 films at Warner Brothers, alternating between uncredited parts (in films including High Sierra and Dark Victory) and supporting roles.

Wrixon worked primarily in B-movies and, in addition to her Warners films, in films produced by Poverty Row studios such as Monogram Pictures. Monogram released the film in which The New York Times says "horror fans remember her best",[citation needed] The Ape, which starred Boris Karloff.

Her final film was As You Were (1951).[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Wrixon was married to Oscar-nominated film editor Rudi Fehr. She died in Santa Monica, California of heart failure.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Pesselnick, Jill (May 12, 1999). "Rudi Fehr". Variety. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
  2. ^ "Actress Appears Here Friday". Billings Gazette. June 28, 1940. p. 13 – via
  3. ^ a b c Lentz, Harris M. III (2000). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 241. ISBN 9780786409198. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Obituary for William Wrixon". Great Falls Tribune. August 4, 1953. p. 9 – via
  5. ^ "Great Falls Girl Assigned to Roles In Two Pictures". Great Falls Tribune. Montana, Great Falls. November 11, 1938. p. 6. Retrieved September 11, 2018 – via
  6. ^ "Montana Girl Makes 'Em Talk". The Minneapolis Star. Minnesota, Minneapolis. July 20, 1941. p. Sunday Magazine - 7. Retrieved September 11, 2018 – via
  7. ^ "Proves She's Right 'Type' in Film Role". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. December 31, 1938. p. 10. Retrieved September 11, 2018 – via
  8. ^ "Former Falls Girl Wins Film Prominence". Great Falls Tribune. Montana, Great Falls. December 30, 1938. p. 5. Retrieved September 11, 2018 – via

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