Matters changed when she was named one of the four most beautiful women in Hollywood along with , , and in a 1944 edition of.
I stepped into a fabulous land where, overnight, I was a movie star.
She co-starred with in adventure films, and established a main character career after her role in 1947.
In an interview she said: People got tired of seeing the sweet young things I was playing and I landed at the bottom of the roller coaster.
In addition to television, Darnell returned to the stage.
She believed that Linda was her only child with potential as an actress and ignored the rearing of her other children.
Meanwhile, she realized that had lost interest in her, and she was overlooked for most film roles that suited her.
A coroner's inquest ruled that Darnell's death was accidental and that the fire had begun in or near the living-room sofa and was caused by careless smoking; both adult women were smokers.