Clipped From The San Bernardino County Sun
'Holiday Inn,' 'Riley' actress Marjorie Reynolds dies at 79 The Associated Press MANHATTAN BEACH Marjorie Reynolds, the actress cherished by audiences as the love interest of rivals Ring Crosby and Fred Astaire in the musical "Holidav Inn." has died. She was 79. Reynolds, who danced with Crosby and Astaire in the IP.42 Irving Berlin production and played the long-suffering TV wife of William Bendix in "The Life of Riley." died Feb. 1. her family said Thursday. As Peg Riley. Reynolds played the role opposite liendix's Chester A. Riley, aim-alt plant worker from MlSli to 1!)5H. "Holiday Inn.'' which featured Crosby singing -White Christinas." crowned Reynolds' hard-won place in Hollywood. In the HMOs, she co-starred in "Ministry of Fear" opposite Ray Milland. hammed it up in "I ji ill Mabel's Room" opposite Dennis Obituary O'Keefe and danced in another musical. "Bring On the Girls." with Eddie Bracken. Born Marjorie Goodspeed in Buhl. Idaho.' on Aug. 12. 1!)I7. the actress moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was a child. She began acting in her childhood under the stage name Marjorie Moore. She changed her screen name after marrying production manager and screenwriter .lack Reynolds, w hom she later divorced. After the Riley television series. Reynolds appeared in the films "Juke Box Rhythm" in I!)5!) and "The Silent Witness" in l!)l2. but largely abandoned her acting career. Reynolds, the widow of film editor ,Ion M. Ilalfen, is survived by one daughter, Linda llinshaw, of Playa del Hey. Services were private.