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Linda Darnell
Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell, was a US film actress.

Born in Dallas, Texas and one of five children, Darnell was a model by the age of 11 and was acting in theater by the age of 13. She was chosen by a talent scout to go to Hollywood but was sent home to Dallas when they discovered she had lied about her age.

By 1939 she had returned to Hollywood and immediately began to secure good roles, appearing in such films as Blood and Sand, Hangover Square and My Darling Clementine. In 1947 she won the starring role in the highly anticipated Forever Amber. Publicity at the time suggested this would be the next Gone With The Wind, and the search for Amber was deliberately modelled on the extensive process that led to the casting of Scarlett O'Hara, but the film did not live up to its hype.

Darnell played two roles that earned her respect as an actress: as Daphne De Carter in the Preston Sturges comedy Unfaithfully Yours, opposite Rex Harrison, and as one of the three wives in A Letter to Three Wives. Darnell's hard-edged performance in the latter won her the best reviews of her career. She was widely tipped to win an Academy Award nomination for this part, but, when this did not happen, her career began to diminish and her film appearances were sporadic thereafter.

She died from burns received in a house fire in Chicago, Illinois. One of her old films was playing on television the night of the fire and Darnell fell asleep with a lit cigarette while watching it. She is buried in the Union Hill Cemetery, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1631 Vine St.

The Flying Saucer Connection

Frank Scully's "Behind the Flying Saucers" was originally published in 1950 and became an instant bestseller. It was the first nonfiction hardback book published on the then quite new subject of crashed UFOs and holds up very well today after the passage of nearly 60 years.

"Behind The Flying Saucers," which has recently been reprinted by Timothy Green Beckley at Global Communications, tells the complicated story of the crash of a flying saucer in Aztec, New Mexico, in March of 1948. The ship itself was largely undamaged, but the dead bodies of 14 to 16 small aliens were reported to have been found alongside the spacecraft. The aliens were described as being like "little men," similar to the grays of our own time, which was unusual in an age when contactees would soon after be regaling the media with visits by blonde, human-looking Venusians.

Scully, a reporter at the time for Hollywood's "Variety" newspaper, came by his information in what would prove to be a controversial way. Screen legend Linda Darnell and her husband, cinematographer Peverly Marley, urged him to contact a wealthy oil man named Silas Newton, who had a story for Scully that he shouldn't pass up. Newton was well-known among the denizens of Hollywood, as was Scully, who had inspired trust in all the celebrities he wrote about for "Variety." Scully met with Newton, as Darnell had recommended, and was impressed enough by Newton's story and the testimony of a scientist named "Dr. Gee" to give the Aztec crash story a book-length treatment.

 

Sources:

http://www.filmbug.com/db/108819
http://www.ufodigest.com/news/0908/aztec-ufo.html
 
 
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