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….
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.