Born in Portland, OR on May 27, 1897. Marjory Madden began drawing as a child and, while in her teens, won a scholarship to the Portland Art Institute. Shortly before graduation from high school, she was stricken with tuberculosis and taken to Phoenix, AZ. When the dry desert climate failed to help her condition, she was taken to a tuberculosis clinic in Monrovia, CA where she lay bedridden for five years.
Fully recovered, she moved to Laguna Beach in 1921 and spent her remaining years there. An earlier marriage to Franklin Adams ended in divorce. During her 63 years in Laguna she became an artist of some repute after her marriage to painter William S. Darling.
Her portraits won more than 100 awards before her death in
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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