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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8-YEAR-OLD LEE MARVIN

8-year-old Lee Marvin

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.

8-year-old Lee Marvin!
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. Many more such images can be found in the two photo inserts of rarely seen images in Lee Marvin Point Blank.  I find it pretty amazing how consistent he was even as a child!

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