The Pittsburgh Press (April 24, 1944)
Burns cause death of former singer
New York (UP) –
Marion Harris, blues singer and stage star of the 1920s who died shortly after her badly-burned body was discovered in her hotel room last night, apparently had fallen asleep while smoking a cigarette, police said today.
Miss Harris, a petite blonde whose husk singing of popular ballads earned her the soubriquet of “the little girl with the big voice,” was found on a flaming mattress after a hotel employee detected smoke and traced it to her room.
Miss Harris, 48, was the wife of Leonard Urry, a British actor. Previously she had been married to Rush Hughes, the adopted son of author Rupert Hughes. They were divorced in 1928.