Mae Clarke

Actor, Cabaret dancer
This blonde leading lady of the 1930s was a former cabaret dancer and Broadway actress. With attractive but unremarkable looks, Clarke kept very busy during her first decade in films, most notably as the woman on the ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1910 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

James Cagney: Top of the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Woman at Office (Actor)

A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Craig (Actor)

Ask Any Girl 1958 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Voice in the Mirror 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Robbins (Actor)

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Come Next Spring 1956 (Movie)

Myrtle (Actor)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

Saleswoman (Actor)

I Died a Thousand Times 1955 (Movie)

Mrs Baughman (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Miss O'Dell (Actor)

Wichita 1955 (Movie)

Mrs McCoy (Actor)

Women's Prison 1955 (Movie)

Saunders (Actor)

Magnificent Obsession 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Miller (Actor)

Flying Tigers 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Women in War 1939 (Movie)

Gail Halliday (Actor)

Frankenstein 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Front Page 1931 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

The Public Enemy 1930 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

Waterloo Bridge 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

This blonde leading lady of the 1930s was a former cabaret dancer and Broadway actress. With attractive but unremarkable looks, Clarke kept very busy during her first decade in films, most notably as the woman on the receiving end of James Cagney's quicksilver temper. In "The Public Enemy" (1931), the film which made Cagney a star, Clarke received the famous grapefruit-in-the-face, and in "Lady Killer" (1933), Cagney dragged Clarke around by the hair. Clarke also suffered memorably at the hands of Frankenstein's monster; Boris Karloff carried her off on her wedding day in James Whale's marvelous 1931 film. Whale also gave Clarke a much more challenging role in "Waterloo Bridge" the same year. In the first screen version (twice remade with Vivien Leigh and Leslie Caron) of Robert Sherwood's play, Clarke was superb as the young woman forced into prostitution during WWI. Clarke appeared mainly in supporting roles from the 40s onward.

Relationships

Stephen Bancroft

Husband
divorced

Lew Brice

Husband
first of three marriages to end in divorce married in 1926 Brice was the brother of famed singer-comedienne Fanny Brice

Rick Kinnett

Nephew
survived her

Herbert Langdon

Husband
divorced

Milestones

1969

Retired from film acting to teach drama

1929

First film as actress, "Big Time"

1925

Stage acting debut

1923

Debut as cabaret dancer

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