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St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA
Place of Death
Burbank, California, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Miss Crabtree from Our Gang, WAMPAS Baby Star of 1925
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June was an American actress, who appeared in six Our Gang short subjects as the lovely schoolteacher, Miss Crabtree.
Marlowe was born Gisela Goetten, of German parents, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She was a prolific actress in silent films during the 1920s, appearing in films opposite John Barrymore and Rin Tin Tin. Her career did well, until the introduction of talking pictures. Marlowe didn`t make an easy transition, and by 1930 was starting to drift away from acting.
By chance, she happened to meet Our Gang director Robert F. McGowan one day in a Los Angeles, California department store. McGowan was searching for an actress to portray the schoolteacher in the Our Gang series of children`s comedies. After producer Hal Roach suggested that Marlowe, a brunette, wear a blonde wig to match the hair of the lead kid in the series, Jackie Cooper, she was given the part.
Marlowe and Cooper were paired together in three Our Gang films , Teacher`s Pet (1930), School`s Out (1930), and Love Business (1931). She also played a small role in 1931`s Little Daddy. In addition to her work in Our Gang, Marlowe appeared in fellow Roach stars Laurel and Hardy`s first feature film, Pardon Us.
After Cooper left Our Gang in 1931 to appear in MGM features, Marlowe`s Miss Crabtree character was used in only two more shorts, 1931`s Shiver My Timbers and 1932`s Readin` and Writin`.
In 1933, Marlowe married Hollywood businessman Rodney Sprigg, and she retired from motion pictures to become a housewife. In her later years, she suffered from Parkinson`s disease, dying from complications caused by it on March 10, 1984.
Marlowe was originally buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, but was interred in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles in 2002.
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Full Name at Birth
Gisela Valaria Goetten
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June Marlowe (November 6, 1903 – March 10, 1984) was an American film actress that began her career during the silent film era. Her most well known role was that of "Miss Crabtree", in the Our Gang shorts.
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