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June 18 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actress Maggie McNamara ('Ring-a-Ding Girl') on the anniversary of her birth

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Jun 18, 2018

Today, June 18th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the birth of actress Maggie McNamara, who was born on this day in 1928.

Maggie starred in "Ring-A-Ding Girl," portraying internationally famous actress Barbara 'Bunny' Blake, whom Hollywood refers to as the "Ring-A-Ding Girl" (because of the many rings she wears). Bunny is on her way to Italy to star in a new film when she receives a ring present from her sister, Hildy (Mary Munday). However, this is no ordinary ring. Forged in The Twilight Zone, it sends her a cryptic 'video' message to come home immediately.

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Barbara "Bunny" Blake (Maggie McNamara, right) returns home to her sister Hildy (Mary Munday, left), but this is not a social visit in "Ring-a-Ding Girl."

Maggie McNamara (1928-1978), a very talented actress, had a meteoric career in Hollywood. For her performance in her debut film, The Moon is Blue, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (although she lost to Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday). She then segued to one of the most popular chick flicks of the 1950s: Three Coins in the Fountain.

However, aside from the Zone, Maggie had only six more roles before she retired. Inexplicably, she spent the last 15 years of her life as a typist before committing suicide at the age of 49. Perhaps, the spotlight was just too much for her.

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Although she won international acclaim for her movie roles, Maggie McNamara left show business behind at a young age.

On the day of Maggie McNamara's birth, let us shine a soft light on a bright talent who left us way too soon but is forever remembered in The Twilight Zone.