A favorite novel of Jewish-American schoolgirls in the 1950s, Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar was given a plush screen treatment in 1958. Natalie Wood stars as Marjorie Morganstern, who despite the wishes of her set-in-their-ways… More A favorite novel of Jewish-American schoolgirls in the 1950s, Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar was given a plush screen treatment in 1958. Natalie Wood stars as Marjorie Morganstern, who despite the wishes of her set-in-their-ways Jewish parents aspires to be an actress. While attending a Catskills summer resort, Marjorie falls for the camp show's charismatic director/choreographer Gene Kelly. At his urging, Marjorie changes her last name to the more box-office-savvy Morningstar. Returning to Hunter College at summer's end, Marjorie nearly accedes to her parents' desire that she marry a nice doctor (Martin Balsam). Instead, she heads to New York to marry Kelly, who has promised to give up show business out of respect for Marjorie's folks. But the lure of the greasepaint is too strong to resist, and soon Marjorie and Kelly are back in the fringes of showbiz. Despite Kelly's infidelities and immaturity, Marjorie loyally stays by his side. He gets the opportunity to stage a revue in New York,but when the show bombs he behaves atrociously and vanishes into the night. Marjorie now realizes that her marriage was a mistake. She leaves Kelly where she found him, a big fish in the small pond of the selfsame Catskills resort, and goes off to a new life with playwright Martin Milner, who has loved her all along. Both the score by Max Steiner and the songs by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster became standards on the easy-listening charts; in fact, the popularity of the music has pretty much outlasted that of Marjorie Morningstar itself. The supporting cast includes Ed Wynn as Marjorie's lovable Uncle, who gets to perform an incongruous comedy "toreador" sketch before the script requires him to suffer a fatal heart attack. The Gene Kelly role was originally intended for Danny Kaye.