(born 13 March 1935) is an American actress
. She worked under her birth name, Marjorie Hellen
, until she changed it in 1959.
Parrish was born in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
, and was a promising piano student at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music
. She discovered that by modeling she could earn more money than as a concert pianist. She came to New York City
in November 1953. Before modeling she worked as a waitress in a diner.
She joined the Home Theatre Group of professional performers who put on plays at a private theater in Hollywood
. Ruth Warrick
and Mark Herron
were also members. Parrish believed the experience of facing a live audience made her a better actress and more capable of transforming a scripted part into a three-dimensional human being.
Parrish signed with 20th Century Fox
in 1954, when she was 19. The studio gave her statistics as 5 feet 6 inches, with measurements of 35-24-34. Her hair is reddish gold, and she has gray eyes with a cream complexion. In May 1956, Parrish signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Her two most significant roles are as lithe Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner
(1959) and as the doomed Jocelyn Jordan in The Manchurian Candidate
(1962). In Portrait of a Mobster
(1961) Parrish plays the wife of a detective who consorts with criminals. She is the daughter of a bootlegger
who rebuffs the advances of Dutch Schultz
, played by Vic Morrow
. Eventually she becomes disillusioned with the... Read More