FOR MOTHER’S DAY: LEE AND HIS MOM, COURTENAY

 

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Courtenay Marvin with baby Lee and older son Robert

Lee Marvin, and his mother, Courtenay Washington Davidge Marvin, had a tumultuous relationship through the years, as related in greater depth in Lee Marvin Point Blank.  However, in honor of Mother’s Day, here are several rare images of Lee and his mother in happier times.
First, on the roof of the Marvins’ New York apartment, baby Lee sits on his mother’s lap while older brother Robert looks elsewhere….

Having moved to a newly built apartment complex in Queens called the Spanish Arms, Courtenay poses with her sons, who are in costume for a grade school pageant celebrating spring. Smiling Robert on the right is a scarecrow, while a less happy Lee is on the left as a green bean….

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Courtenay Marvin and sons in costume for Spring Pageant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, many years later, in postwar Woodstock, New York, Courtenay is far right with a drink and a cigarette. Between her and a relaxed Lee, is her son’s girlfriend at the time, actress Helen Wagner, who would go on to greater fame on the long running soap operas The Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

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Courtenay Marvin, Helen Wagner & Lee Marvin in Woodstock.

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4 thoughts on “FOR MOTHER’S DAY: LEE AND HIS MOM, COURTENAY

  1. She wasn’t much of a mother. I’m surprised to see this posted on Mother’s Day. Lee certainly didn’t seem to think much of her. The man did not shed a single tear when she died according to Betty Marvin’s book. Re: Helen Wagner He also had very odd taste in women. He could’ve had anyone and I scratch my head over why he chose the way he did. He was obviously looking for mother figures and not wives.

    • If you read the text you’ll see why it was posted. Also, I interviewed Betty Marvin and read her book. If you read my book you’ll see what Lee did on the plane ride back from the funeral. Lee’s feelings for his mother (and father) were not as simple ‘like’ or ‘not like.’ It was much more complicated than that and I explore that in my book.

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