Mae Murray

Mae Murray

The Girl With the Bee-stung Lips

eBook - 2013
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Mae Murray (1885--1965), popularly known as "the girl with the bee-stung lips," was a fiery presence in silent-era Hollywood. Renowned for her classic beauty and charismatic presence, she rocketed to stardom as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, moving across the country to star in her first film, To Have and to Hold, in 1916. An instant hit with audiences, Murray soon became one of the most famous names in Tinseltown.

However, Murray's moment in the spotlight was fleeting. The introduction of talkies, a string of failed marriages, a serious career blunder, and a number of bitter legal battles left the former star in a state of poverty and mental instability that she would never overcome.

In this intriguing biography, Michael G. Ankerich traces Murray's career from the footlights of Broadway to the klieg lights of Hollywood, recounting her impressive body of work on the stage and screen and charting her rapid ascent to fame and decline into obscurity. Featuring exclusive interviews with Murray's only son, Daniel, and with actor George Hamilton, whom the actress closely befriended at the end of her life, Ankerich restores this important figure in early film to the limelight.



Baker & Taylor
Presents the life of the silent-movie star who got her start as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies but descended into poverty and mental instability following the introduction of talkies, failed marriages, and legal battles.

Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2013
ISBN: 9780813140384
0813140382
9780813136912
0813136911
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 12, 2013

well researched, very readable biography of an iconic and sadly forgotten film diva. it is a pity that more of her films aren't available for viewing.

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