Tall, regal, sultry-eyed, flame-haired (later blonde) Lynn Baggett isbetter remembered for her turbulent, unhappy private life than for her"B" level acting roles. Born Ruth Baggett in Wichita Falls, Texas, onMay 10, 1923, her father, David L. , was in the oil business and hermother, the former Ruth Simmons, a stenographer. While in Dallasfollowing her high school graduation, the pretty teenager wasdiscovered by a Warner Bros.
agent and signed. As a girl with noexperience, the studio promoted Lynn (sometimes billed Lynne) as abeauty queen and titleholder ("The Cobra Girl," "The Triple A Girl,"etc. ) while paying her dues in a slew of unbilled sexy starlet bits aschorines, nurses, waitresses, singers and party girl types. For fivelong years she toiled obscurely in such WWII-era films as Manpower (1941) , Air Force (1943) , The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) , Roughly Speaking (1945) , Mildred Pierce (1945) and Night and Day (1946) . The studio did little to increase her stature in Hollywood and sheeventually was released from her contract in 1946.
After signing withUniversal, she finally received her first role of substance in The Time of Their Lives (1946) , an above average Abbott andCostello haunted house comedy vehicle. Following her marriage to theAustro-Hungarian producer 'Sam Spiegel (I)' ("On the Waterfront")in 1948, she acted less frequently, showing up in a few secondary roleswith the classic film noir D. O. A. (1950) , probably her bestremembered role as a shady lady/widow of mystery, and in The Flame and the Arrow (1950) and The Mob (1951) hermost prominent.
The Spiegel/Baggett marriage was quite stormy, marred by adultery andnasty fighting. They separated in 1952. Three years later she finallyreceived a divorce. With her career now in shambles, Lynn found work asan Arthur Murray dance teacher. In 1954, she was the direct cause of afatal two-car accident in which a 9-year-old boy, on his way home froma summer camping excursion, was killed.
Another young boy in the samecar was seriously injured. Overcome by fear and acute anguish, she"blacked out" and was later charged with leaving the scene of anaccident. She was convicted of felony hit-and-run. A failed acting comeback led to severe depression, mental problems andacute substance abuse. She attempted suicide by pills in 1959 beforesucceeding a year later on March 22, 1960, dying of acute barbiturateintoxication.
She had been released from a private sanitarium severalweeks earlier. She was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Neverclose to showing her true potential, Lynn(e) Baggett became one ofHollywood's sadder statistics. .
|1||The Time, the Place and the Girl||1946||as Nurse|
|2||Air Force||1943||as Nurse|
|3||Cinderella Jones||1946||as Junior Leaguer|
|4||Confidential Agent||1945||as Singer|
|5||D.O.A.||1950||as Mrs. Philips|
|6||Hollywood Canteen||1944||as Junior Hostess|
|7||In Our Time||1944||as Friend of Count Orvid|
|8||Janie Gets Married||1946||as Hostess|
|9||Lured||1947||as Robert's Rejected Girlfriend|
|10||Manpower||1941||as Bit Part|
|11||Mildred Pierce||1945||as Waitress|
|12||Murder on the Waterfront||1943||as Backstage Chorus Girl|
|13||Night and Day||1946||as Sexpot|
|14||One More Tomorrow||1946||as Party Guest|
|15||Pillow to Post||1945||as Disgruntled Traveler|
|16||Rhapsody in Blue||1945||as Guest|
|17||Roughly Speaking||1945||as Salesgirl|
|18||Star in the Night||1945||as Maria Santos|
|19||Thank Your Lucky Stars||1943||as Miss Latin America in 'Good Night, Good Neighbor' Number|
|20||The Adventures of Mark Twain||1944||as Susie Clemens|
|21||The Flame and the Arrow||1950||as Francesca|
|22||The Mob||1951||as Peggy Clancy|
|23||The Time of Their Lives||1946||as June Prescott|
|24||Three Cheers for the Girls||1943||as Brunette Chorus Girl - framing story|