~Merna Kennedy~

Born: September 7, 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Died: December 20, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA
American actress Merna Kennedy, born Maude Kahler in Kankakee, IL, began appearing on stage at
age nine. Charles Chaplin later discovered her, and had Kennedy play his leading lady in The Circus.
Her film career continued through 1934 when she married choreographer/director Busby Berkeley
and retired. The marriage broke up a year later. Kennedy died in 1944 of a heart attack. She was
only 35-years-old.

Biography by Sandra Brennan, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Barnum Was Right (1929) .... Miriam Locke
The Circus (1928) .... His Step-daughter, A Circus Rider