Dr. Merlyn Purdy is a celebrity wife and mother. She is the beautiful wife of the famous actor and civil rights activist, Hugh Hurd. She is also the mother of known actress Michelle Hurd.

Dr. Merlyn Purdy’s Family

Dr. Merlyn Purdy lived a very simple life away from the media, despite belonging to a family that is well-known in the entertainment industry. There isn’t any information on the web about Merlyn’s family background, birth details, siblings, etc. She rose to the limelight because of her marriage to the veteran actor Hugh Hurd.

Hugh Lincoln Hurd was born in New York City on February 11, 1925. Beryl Banks and Dolores Hills are his siblings. Through Merlyn, Hugh had 3 daughters: Adrienne Hurd, born on December 17, 1964, Michelle Hurd, born on 21 December 1966, and Denise Hurd. Hugh had a fourth daughter from a previous relationship named Cheryl O’Connor. Michelle has been married to the actor Garret Dillahunt since July 6, 2007. Hurd died on July 15, 1995, at St. Vincent’s Hospital. According to his family, Hurd died from hypertension and kidney failure complications.

Dr. Merlyn Purdy’s Net Worth

Dr. Merlyn Purdy is a celebrity mother and wife who keeps her life under wraps. There is very little information available on the web about her. Although her net worth is not revealed, it is known that she is a psychologist and the wife of a very successful actor, Hugh, known for his lead role in John Cassavetes’ debut 1959 feature film Shadows and his organizing activities for African-American actors. He had a major role in the Japanese film The Catch, as a prisoner of war. He also had roles in The Winner, For Love of Ivy, The Hot Rock, Blade, A Woman Under the Influence, and Liebestraum. His last film appearance was in the 1995 documentary Anything for John.

In 1964, Hugh was the subject of a portrait painted by the noted artist Alice Neel. The painting is titled “Hugh Hurd” and is currently held by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In the late 1950s at the Village Gate nightclub, Hugh co-organized with Godfrey Cambridge and Maya Angelou to fundraise $9,000 for Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. He had a net worth of $12 million.

Merlyn’s daughter Adrienne is known for New York Undercover and Bloodlines: Murder in the Family. Merlyn’s daughter Michelle is also a famous actress, known for Blindspot, Star Trek: Picard, and The Glades. Her most notable work was perhaps the portrayal of Monique Jeffries in the ‘’Law and Order’’ TV series, catching the attention of media and fans of the TV show, after which she reappeared in its spinoff, ‘’Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” She got the Robbie Award for her work in the play ‘’The Violet Hour’’. She and her husband have a combined net worth of $11 million.


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