Marvel Rea was born Marvel Luciel Rea on November 9, 1901, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. When she was a child her family lived in Seattle and eventually moved in California. She grew into a beautiful teenager with a petite figure and champagne blonde hair. Marvel was very athletic and loved to swim and surf. In 1918 she married a banker named Henry Page Wells. Unfortunately he was a drug addict and she left him a month later. When she filed for divorce she claimed he "stood on her head". Movie producer Mack Sennett discovered Marvel and she became one of his bathing beauties. Before long she was given small roles in movies like Her Screen Idol and The Summer Girls. She became known as "the girl with the most beautiful figure on the Motion Picture stage".
~ Original biography by Elizabeth Ann 2014
Marvel, Ford Sterling, and Alice Maison