HAPPY 92nd BIRTHDAY TO LEE MARVIN!

It was on on February 19, 1924, that Lee Marvin came into the world in New York’s Booth Memorial Hospital, which still exists, by the way. His very existence — described in a flowery letter by his mother in Lee Marvin Point Blank – was a result of the union of Virginia’s Courtenay Washington Davidge and Elmira New York’s Lamont Waltham Marvin. Their stormy relationshsip is also describedin the book via his mother’s letters to his father, seen below in their halycon dating days in the early 1920s (left) and then, later, during the Depression where they lived in Queens, New York (right)…

Lee's parents as young newlyweds (left) and later as parents of Robertt and Lee Marvin while living in Queens, N.Y.

Lee’s parents as young newlyweds (left) and later as parents of Robert and Lee Marvin while living in Queens, N.Y.

 

On the rooftop of their Manhattan apartment, baby Lee is seen perched on a pillow with his mother, smiling his tongue-wagging smile even as an infant, as he would do decades later in his film career….

Baby Lee with mother Courtenay photographed by Father Monte.

Baby Lee with mother Courtenay photographed by Father Monte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because Lee’s father, Monte, worked for Kodak in the 1920s, the Marvins were one of the few families at the time able to take such images as shown below, as his parents trade places to pose with baby Lee and his brother, Robert, older by 18 months….

The young Marvin family on the roof of their Manhattan apartment in the 1920s.

The young Marvin family on the roof of their Manhattan apartment in the 1920s.

The only known nude scene of Lee Marvin (right), shown here along with his brother, Robert (left), playing in the bucolic setting of Woodstock, New York. Beneath it is an image of curly-haired Lee as a toddler already assuming the stance and defiant curl of the lip he’d maintain in many film performances. Some things are just ingrained….

Lee Marvin (right) in his only known nude scene with brother Robert (right) and below, exploring the terrain of Woodstock, N.Y.

Above is Lee Marvin (right) in his only known nude scene with brother Robert (right) and below, exploring the terrain of Woodstock, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, as it his birthday, Lee is shown at another neigbor’s birthday party enjoying one of the party favors given to all the guests.

In this screen capture from his father's home movie, young Lee is shown aiming a toy gun at a friend's party just as he would as Liberty Valance, decades later.

In this screen capture from his father’s home movie, young Lee is shown aiming a toy gun at a friend’s party just as he would as Liberty Valance, decades later.

In total, just my own humble way of saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEE MARVIN! Anyone and everyone interested in discovering the details of his fascinating life can find them in the pages of Lee Marvin Point Blank. Feel free to check it out, if you haven’t done so already. If you have, what better time then to give it another look? Stand it upright, hold a glass of your favorite beverage up high and salute the man who, for better or worse, created the modern American cinema of violence. Semper Fi, Mr. Marvin.

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HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY TO LEE MARVIN!

Happy Birthday Lee!

It was on this day, on February 19, 1924, that Lee Marvin came into the world in New York’s Booth Memorial Hospital, which still exists, by the way. His very existence (described in a flowery letter by his mother in Lee Marvin Point Blank) was a result of the union of Virginia’s Courtenay Washington Davidge and Elmira New York’s Lamont Waltham Marvin, seen below in their halycon dating days in the early 1920s (left) and then later during the Depression where they lived in Queens, New York (right)…
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On the rooftop of their Manhattan apartment, baby Lee is seen perched on a pillow with his mother, smiling his tongue-wagging smile even as an infant as he would do decades later as Liberty Valance….

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Because Lee’s father, Monte, worked for Kodak in the 1920s, the Marvins were one of the few families at the time able to take such images as shown below, as his parents trade places to pose with baby Lee and his older brother (by 18 months) Robert….
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Finally, the only known nude scene of Lee Marvin (right), shown here along with his brother, Robert (left), playing in the bucolic setting of Woodstock, New York. Beneath it is an image of curly-haired Lee as a toddler already assuming the stance and defiant curl of the lip he’d maintain in many film performances. Some things are just ingrained….

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RARE PHOTOS IN HOMAGE TO LEE MARVIN

RARE PHOTOS
This Wednesday marks Lee Marvin’s 90th birthday and in honor of him I’ll be posting some EXTREMELY RARE PHOTOS never before seen in tribute to his legacy. His first onscreen acting was in director’ Henry Hathaway’s 1951 service comedy, U.S.S. Teakettle with Gary Cooper. The partly true adventures of an experimental steam battleship was ignored by audiences, even after the film was re-released as You’re In The Navy Now….
teakettleadHow he made his screen debut in the minute role and the effect it had on his career is explained in detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank. But as small as the part was, playing the ship’s radio man, Lee still took it seriously, as did fellow New York actors making their debut Jack Warden and Charles Bronson
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Filmed on location in Norfolk Virginia’s Naval installation, Lee relaxed on the set with another identified extra looking very much like an ad to join the U.S. Navy…..
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In this rarely seen contact sheet below, Marvin confabs with costar Gary Cooper. While filming, Marvin accompanied Cooper to a gas station in which Cooper paid with a $10 check. “I’m going to frame this,” exclaimed the attendant. When Marvin later asked Cooper how many of his checks were ever cashed, the wily old star drawled, “About one in ten.”

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