Melinda Marie Marx (born August 14, 1946) is an Americanactress, singer and musician who had a brief movie career. She is the daughter of Groucho Marx, and his second wife, Kay Marvis Gorcey.
Life and work
As Peep-Bo in The Mikado, 1960.
Melinda Marx appeared as a contestant on her father's quiz show You Bet Your Life at least three times: Her first appearance was when she was 8 yrs-old (and a surprise contestant who didn't play the game) with boxer, Mickey Walker. On this same episode Melinda and dad, Groucho sang "There is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast" from "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan. On a later episode she and Groucho teamed up with Edgar Bergen and his then 11-year-old daughter, Candice Bergen to win $1,000 for the Girl Scouts of the USA.; She appeared a third time in 1961 episode with singer/actor Bobby Van as a contestant and did a number with him on stage. They won $2000. She also acted alongside her father in a television production of The Mikado (1960) on the The Bell Telephone Hour and the film The Story of Mankind (1957). After a few more roles in films, including an uncredited appearance in the movie Bye, Bye Birdie (1963), and The Violent Ones, Melinda retired from acting in 1972. A musician, mostly playing the mandolin, she was in a North Coast (Mendo County) Gloriana Opera Co. production of Bye, Bye Birdie, in 1996, alternately playing bass and guitar. She is one of their regular ensemble.
^You Bet Your Life Season 7 Episode #34 May 15, 1958
^Archival Television Audio - #864: BELL TELEPHONE HOUR: THE MIKADO, THE 1960-04-29, WNBC 52 min. Groucho Marx, Gilbert & Sullivan, Helen Traubel, Dennis King, Stanley Holloway, Melinda Marx Groucho Marx stars in the TV adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "The Mikado." Other performers include Helen Traubel, Dennis King, Stanley Holloway and Groucho's daughter Melinda Marx. No opening or closing credits are recorded on this tape, however, the play is complete.