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Cummings, Mary Elliott, 1917-2000



  • Existence: 1917 - 2000

Biographical History

Mary Elliott Cummings (1917-2000) was an actress and then a manager for her husband's, Robert Cummings, career.

Mary Elliott Daniels was born on October 25, 1917 in Gaffney, South Carolina to parents Hoyle Holmes Daniels and Eva Mae Good. She participated in singing, dancing and beauty contests throughout her youth, and was crowned South Carolina's Azalea Queen in 1935. She then went on to sing in nightclubs and became a model and actress in California for the beginnings of her early career. In 1942-1944, Mary participated in a tour in the South Pacific, entertaining the troops in World War II with various acting performances. On March 3, 1945, she married Hollywood actor Robert Cummings in Riverside, California. Once married, she left acting and became a mother of five children with Cummings. She also became the manager of her husband's financial investments. During the years of 1969-1970, the Cummings separated and divorced. She worked alongside many charity organizations throughout her life. She died on April 9, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

FamilySearch, via www, accessed January 13, 2020 (Mary Elliott Daniels; born on Oct. 25, 1917 in Gaffney to Hoyle and Eva Mae Daniels; active in singing, dancing and competing in contests in youth; won Azalea Queen in 1935; worked in nightclubs, was an actress and model; South Pacific tour; married Robert Cummings on March 3, 1945; charity; died April 9, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA)

Robert and Mary Elliott Cummings, approximately 1890-1990 (manager of husband's financial dealings; mother of 5 children; divorced in 1969-1970)

Found in 34 Collections and/or Records:

Robert and Mary Elliott Cummings photographs on stage and radio, 1945-1967

Identifier: MSS 2129 Series 11 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains photographs documenting Robert Cummings's stage and radio career. Performance locations include venues such as Drury Lane, Frank J. Hale's Playhouse, and Lux Radio Theatre. Dated from 1945 to 1967.

Dates: 1945-1967

Robert and Mary Elliott Cummings photographs on television shows, 1952-1969

Identifier: MSS 2129 Series 10 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include photos of the actors and actresses that are involved in the "Love that Bob," and, "The Bob Cummings Show," both while they are on set and in publicity events. Photos also include head shots of Bob. Dated 1952 to 1969.

Dates: 1952-1969

Robert and Mary Elliott Cummings scrapbooks, approximately 1939-1970

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2129 Series 13
Scope and Contents

Contains fourteen scrapbooks documenting the life of Robert Cummings, his wife, Mary Elliott Cummings, and their children. Also included are materials related to Robert's acting career and publicity. Dated approximately 1939-1970.

Dates: approximately 1939-1970

Robert and Mary Elliott manuscripts on aviation, 1942-1970

Identifier: MSS 2129 Series 6 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and documentation related to both Robert Cummings' profession and involvement with aviation. Documents discuss aerospace shows and events as well as Cumming's own investment in airplanes. Dated 1942-1970.

Dates: 1942-1970