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Lemmon was the daughter of Arthur Lemmon, a successful Broadway ticket broker. In 1941, she married Jacob L. "Jakie" Webb who was a great-great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. She left him after eight days but remained married long enough for the colorful Webb to marry someone else several years later and face bigamy charges. She later married and divorced musician Hamish Menzies.
In the late 1950s, Lemmon was the girlfriend of Adventures of Superman star George Reeves. Reeves was apparently scheduled to marry Lemmon on June 19, 1959 and then spend their honeymoon in Tijuana. Reeves died of a gunshot wound to the head three days before.
Lemmon returned to New York where she lived out the remainder of her life.
In popular culture
She was portrayed by Robin Tunney in the 2006 movie Hollywoodland.
- Her body was found in her New York apartment January 4, 1990, and time of death was calculated as most likely five days earlier. Her death certificate reads December 30, 1989
- New York Borough of Manhattan Death Records, 1989
- Kashner, Sam and Schoenberger, Nancy Hollywood Kryptonite, St. Martin's, 1996, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 0-312-14616-7