Actress Sonia Darrin, Humphrey Bogart’s partner in “The Big Sleep”, Died at the Age of 96.
Actress and dancer Darrin died on July 19 of natural causes in a hospital in New York, announced her son, Mason Reese. She is having a hard time recovering from a hip fracture last fall.
He played supporting roles in films such as “The Corsican Brothers” (1941), “The Hard Way” (1943) and “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943). Darrin auditioned for “The Big Sleep” (1946) and was hired by director Howard Hawks.
“All the other girls were very aggressive and I wanted to show them what a good girl I was,” she told the New York Post in 2016 in one of the few lifelong interviews.
Born on June 16, 1924, named Sonia Paskowitz, Texas, she fell in love with the film since childhood. Her family moved to San Diego, then to Pasadena, and as a teenager, she took dance lessons from Adolph Baum. The choreographer was asked to collaborate on “The Corsican Brothers” and he brought some students, so Darrin appeared in one of the scenes.
He also worked with June Lockhart and Hugh Beaumont on “Bury Me Dead” (1947) and starred in “I, Jane Doe” (1948), “Caught” (1949) and “Federal Agent at Large” (1950). before leaving Hollywood.
Sonia Darrin moved to New York, where she was a model for the Eileen Ford agency.
She returned to the public’s attention in the 1970s, when she appeared with her son, then an advertising star, on “The Mike Douglas Show”. She has participated in over 30 editions of the show.