Marjorie Burnet Rambeau

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Marjorie Burnet Rambeau

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
Death: July 07, 1970 (80)
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Marcellus Calvin Rambo and Lilian Garlinda Rambo
Wife of Francis Asbury Gudger
Ex-wife of Willard Mack and Hugh Dillman McGaughey

Occupation: Actress
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About Marjorie Burnet Rambeau

From Wikipedia:

Marjorie Rambeau (July 15, 1889 – July 6, 1970) was an American film and stage actress.

Early life

Rambeau was born in San Francisco, California to Marcel and Lilian Garlinda (née Kindelberger) Rambeau. Her parents separated when she was a child. She and her mother went to Nome, Alaska where young Marjorie dressed as a boy, sang and played the banjo in saloons and music halls. Her mother insisted she dress as a boy to thwart amorous attention from drunken grown men in such a wild and woolly outpost as Nome. She began performing on the stage at the age of 12. She attained theatrical experience in a rambling early life as a strolling player. Finally she made her Broadway debut on March 10, 1913 in a tryout of Willard Mack's play, Kick In.


According to author and New York Mirror theatre critic Bernard Sobel the Reuben sandwich was invented for Marjorie Rambeau upon a visit to Reuben's Restaurant and Delicatessen in New York City.

Private life

Rambeau was married three times but bore no children:

  • The first was in 1913 to Canadian writer, actor, and director Willard Mack. They divorced in 1917.
  • She then married another actor, Hugh Dillman McGaughey, in 1919. They divorced in 1923. Dillman later married Anna Thompson Dodge, widow of automobile magnate Horace Elgin Dodge, Sr., and one of the wealthiest women in the world.
  • Rambeau's last marriage was to Francis Asbury Gudger in 1931, with whom she remained until his death in 1967. Gudger was from Asheville, North Carolina. In the winters they often stayed there, and in the summer they lived in Sebring, Florida. His previous wife was killed in an automobile accident in Tampa two years before, but Rambeau and Gudger had been sweethearts years before when the former was the "toast of Broadway".

She died at her home in Palm Springs, California and was buried at the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.

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Marjorie Burnet Rambeau's Timeline

July 15, 1889
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
July 7, 1970
Age 80
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States