Wing, Toby

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Wing, Toby Gender: F
Martha Virginia Wing
born on 14 July 1915 at 20:30 (= 8:30 PM )
Place Midlothian, Virginia, 37n30, 77w39
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 21°30' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 22°06 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 10°01'

Toby Wing (At left, with her sister Pat Wing in Argentinean Magazine, May 1934)


American actress and showgirl who began working onscreen at age nine, eventually becoming a movie star, appearing in 52 features and shorts in the 1920s and 1930s. Her father was an assistant director for Paramount Pictures. In 1931, she became one of the first Goldwyn Girls, and in 1932 she was seen in Mack Sennett-produced comedies made by Paramount, one starring Bing Crosby. Wing made an impression with producers and moviegoers, but she seldom broke through to leading roles.

Many of her roles were small and barely clothed, before the introduction of the 1934 Production Code, but she became widely recognized as a sex symbol.

Wing enjoyed a successful sideline doing product endorsements and was featured in innumerable fan magazines from 1933 to 1938. She was also well known offscreen for her romances, and was linked to Jackie Coogan (to whom she was engaged during much of 1935), Maurice Chevalier, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.

Toby Wing played a few leading roles in B features and short subjects. In 1936 and 1937, she worked opposite singer-songwriter Pinky Tomlin in two of his low budget musical features, With Love and Kisses and Sing While You're Able. The two stars were engaged briefly during late 1937. Although the romance ended before their planned wedding, they remained close until Tomlin's death.

Her last leading role was in The Marines Come Thru (filmed in Florida in 1938, but not seeing general release until 1942 as Fight On, Marines!). She retired from movies after marrying the pilot Dick Merrill, more than 20 years her senior, on 19 October 1938 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Wing completed her acting career on Broadway in the unsuccessful Cole Porter musical You Never Know, which starred Lupe Vélez, Clifton Webb, Libby Holman, and J. Harold Murray.

The couple retired to DiLido, Florida, where Merrill was assigned Eastern Airlines' New York-Miami route for the remainder of his career. Wing became successful in real estate in California and Florida. Wing and Merrill later settled in Virginia, where they lived together until Merrill's death in 1982. The Merrills had two sons, neither of whom have survived.

She died on 22 March 2001, aged 85, in Mathews, Virginia.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 19 October 1938 (Dick Merrill)
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  • Death of Child September 1982 (Son Ricky was murdered)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Bleached blonde)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Dick Merrill, 1938–1982)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Dick Merrill, et al)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Vocation : Beauty : Sex-symbol
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Product Marketing
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Real estate
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Stage and screen)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Showgirl/ chorus girl)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Goldwyn Girl/ movie star)