|Born Marion Bateson
at Columbus, Ohio, September 9,1914. "What-a-Mann" stands 5 ft. 4 in.
tall, weighs in at 120 lbs., has olive complexion, brown hair, gray eyes, and
She's very sweet and rations her gas, but she refuses to change her Earl. He's
the boy friend.
After graduating from a Columbus high school, Marion sang "for free: with
a girl's trio on a local station. Emerson Gill hired her to sing with his orchestram
and then Bob Crosby hired her away to do likewise,
Before all these breaks, Marion had one that wasn't at all lucky. An auto accident
left her with a fractured pelvis, broken collar bone, and skull puncture, nearly
ending her career. But she didn't let it, and after leaving Crosby for Breakfast
Club she's learned to cook and tell riddles.
No samples of her cooking being available, here is a typical riddle as she tells
it. "What did the little chicken say when it saw that the mother hen was
sitting on an orange instead of an egg? Oh look at the fruit mamma's got. I mean,
oh look at the orange mammalade."