Marjorie Eaton (February 5, 1901April 21, 1986) was an American actress and painter[1] who portrayed Emperor Palpatine in the pre-DVD version of the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.[2]

Born in California on February 5, 1901, Eaton became a resident of San Francisco in 1923-32 and studied at the California School of Fine Arts, later continuing her studies at the Art Students League of New York. She studied in Europe from 1928 to 1932, and from 1934 to 1937, lived in Taos, New Mexico. Later she pursued a career as an actress and painted in her leisure. She died at her home in Palo Alto, California on April 21, 1986[1] after suffering a stroke a month prior.[3]

Eaton was the earliest born actor to appear in a Star Wars production.


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Eaton as Emperor Palpatine in the pre-DVD version of The Empire Strikes Back

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Marjorie Eaton - Artist Biography for Marjorie Eaton. askART. Retrieved on November 12, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Though Elaine Baker is credited in The Making of The Empire Strikes Back as being the actress who appears in the final film, a twitter post (screenshot) by Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo suggests the information in the book is incorrect, making Eaton (credited in the book as doing the test shots) the one who appears in the film.
  3. Newsbank - San Jose Mercury News (CA). Mercury News. Retrieved on November 12, 2016.

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