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Also Known As: The Body, Marie Frye Died: October 21, 1965
Born: July 6, 1923 Cause of Death: drug overdose
Birth Place: Burgin, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, singer

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The whippet-thin, wild-haired member of the Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, McDonald also played Chris Cooper, the scientist hero of their 1996 film, "The Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY" Kevin McDonald was an aspiring actor and resource-center of film and TV comedy information working as a theater usher when he met another aspirant, Dave Foley, at a Second City workshop. The duo became friends and eventually hooked up with Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson to form The Kids in the Hall, named for what Jack Benny used to call the young writers who tried to sell him gags. The Kids in the Hall were "discovered" by Toronto native Lorne Michaels, who subsequent produced their TV show which ran on Canadian TV and in the USA on HBO, CBS and Comedy Central. Zany and ribald, often just offering obscure pop culture references in monologues that mused about life, the show also found its hallmark in the male cast dressing as female characters, not so much as drag spectacles as other comics have done, but as fully developed distaff personas. The hyper-kinetic McDonald, with looks that almost made him seem like a character out of animation, was particularly featured in the group's more...

The whippet-thin, wild-haired member of the Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, McDonald also played Chris Cooper, the scientist hero of their 1996 film, "The Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY"

Kevin McDonald was an aspiring actor and resource-center of film and TV comedy information working as a theater usher when he met another aspirant, Dave Foley, at a Second City workshop. The duo became friends and eventually hooked up with Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson to form The Kids in the Hall, named for what Jack Benny used to call the young writers who tried to sell him gags. The Kids in the Hall were "discovered" by Toronto native Lorne Michaels, who subsequent produced their TV show which ran on Canadian TV and in the USA on HBO, CBS and Comedy Central. Zany and ribald, often just offering obscure pop culture references in monologues that mused about life, the show also found its hallmark in the male cast dressing as female characters, not so much as drag spectacles as other comics have done, but as fully developed distaff personas. The hyper-kinetic McDonald, with looks that almost made him seem like a character out of animation, was particularly featured in the group's more surreal sketches.

McDonald was the first Kid to try and forge an independent career in features, but his debut, "National Lampoon's Senior Trip" (1995) was hardly an auspicious one. (McDonald himself dismissed it as "a pretty bad movie"). He followed up with roles in the Canadian independents "Dinner at Fred's" (1997) and "Boy Meets Girl" (1998) and has had memorable cameos in the comedy features "Galaxy Quest" (1999) and "The Ladies Man" (2000). As both an actor and writer, he was part of the sketch comedy troupe for the short-lived daily variety series "The Martin Short Show" (syndicated, 1999) and has been a steady guest presence on series television.

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1.
 Promises! Promises! (1963) Claire Banner
2.
 The Geisha Boy (1958) Lola Livingston
3.
 Once a Thief (1950) Flo
4.
 Hit Parade of 1951 (1950) Michele
5.
 Tell It to the Judge (1949) Ginger Simmons
6.
 Living in a Big Way (1947) Margaud "Maggie" Morgan
7.
 Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) Gertie Kettering
8.
 It's a Pleasure! (1945) Gail Fletcher
9.
 Standing Room Only (1944) Opal
10.
 I Love a Soldier (1944) Gracie
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Marie McDonald was a popular actress and singer in the 1940's. The press nicknamed her "The Body". She was born in Kentucky and started modeling when she was a teenager. Her singing voice caught the attention of Tommy Dorsey who hired her for his radio show. She started getting bit parts in movies and got rave reviews for her supporting performance in Guest In The House. Marie landed a contract at MGM and was cast opposite Gene Kelly in Living In A Big Way but the movie was a failure. Her personal life always overshadowed her career. There were seven marriages (she married shoe magnate Harry Karl twice), an arrest, a fake kidnapping scandal, and a stay in a psychiatric hospital. She made a minor comeback in 1957 with a hit record and a Las Vegas show. Marie always said her favorite role was being a mother to her three children. Sadly in 1965 Marie died of an overdose at age 42. Her fans have never forgotten this beauty known as "The Body".

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