Judith Woodbury: Marilyn’s ‘Chorus Lady’ at 100

Judith ‘Judy’ Woodbury, who appeared in one of Marilyn’s earliest films, Ladies of the Chorus (1948), was born 100 years ago today, as Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse have noted on Instagram. (They are also co-authors of the 2014 book, I Used to Be in Pictures: An Untold Story of Hollywood.) Seen at the far right of the chorus line above – with Marilyn right in the middle – Woodbury was herself a former dancer with the Earl Carroll Vanities in New York. She later became an on-set choreographer, in addition to numerous bit parts in movies and on television. Described in her IMDB bio as ‘one of the most colourful extras in the Screen Extras Guild,’ Judy’s final screen credit was in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998.) She died in 2018, aged 96.