Actress Mary Carlisle - Bing Crosby's co-star - dies at 104

San Francisco - US actress Mary Carlisle, who played Bing Crosby's love interest in a trio of films, has died at age 104, it was reported Wednesday.

The blonde actress, who appeared in more than 50 films during the 1930s, died early Wednesday at the Motion Picture Television retirement home in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman for the home told the Hollywood Reporter.
Carlisle starred opposite Crosby in Paramount's "College Humor" in 1933 and "Double or Nothing" (1937) as well as "Doctor Rhythm" the following year.
She also appeared in Greta Garbo's "Grand Hotel" (1932) and shared the screen with stars including John Barrymore, Buster Crabbe and Maureen O'Hara.
She retired from acting after appearing with George Zucco and Dwight Frye in the horror cult classic "Dead Men Walk" in 1943.
Carlisle was born Gwendolyn Witter in Boston on February 3, 1914, later moving to Los Angeles with her widowed mother.
After finishing high school, she scored uncredited roles including turning heads in the Oscar-winning "Grand Hotel" as a giggling honeymooner.
She was married to actor and editor James Blakely ("Batman") from 1942 until his death in 2007.
After her celluloid career, Carlisle managed a Beverly Hills beauty salon.
She is survived by her son and two grandchildren.


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