Maxine Nash ~ The Tragic Chorus Girl

 Maxine Nash

Maxine Nash was a promising starlet who died tragically young

She was born Norma Maxine Nash on September 29, 1917 in New Mexico. Her father, John Nash, was a furniture salesman, and her mother, Harriet Nash, was a singer. The family spent several years living in Texas before settling in Los Angeles, California. At the age of sixteen she became a Goldwyn Girl and appeared in Roman Scandals with Eddie Cantor In 1934 she answered a newspaper ad for dancers and won a small role in the musical Moulin Rouge. Maxine appeared in several movies including Student Tour, George White's Scandals, and Gold Diggers of 1937. Then in January of 1938 she was hired to dance at the Royal Palm nightclub in Miami, Florida. On March 6 she collapsed on stage and taken to St. Francis hospital in Miami Beach. She was diagnosed lobar pneumonia. Her parents flew in from Los Angeles to be by her bedside. Tragically on March 18, 1938  she died from a brain abscess. Maxine was only twenty years old. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Maxine Nash 1936Maxine Nash Mary Bovard 1936