Marly, Florence (1918–1978)

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Marly, Florence (1918–1978)

Czech actress, writer, and producer. Name variations: Hana Smekalova. Born Hana Smekalova, June 2, 1918, in Obrnice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic); died Nov 9, 1978, in Glendale, CA; studied at Sorbonne; m. Count Degenhard von Wurmbrand; m. Pierre Chenal (French film director, div.).

Began career in France in Alibi; moved to US during WWII; films include Sealed Verdict, The Damned, Tokyo Joe, Undersea Girl, Doctor Death and Games; throughout career, had lead or supporting parts in French, American, Czech, and Argentinean films; wrote, produced, and starred in the short Spaceboy: A Cosmic Love Affair, which won an award at Cannes (1973).