Mae Murray

Actor, Dancer
Dazzling blonde star of the silent screen, a self-described "golden dragonfly" who made "Sunset Boulevard"'s Norma Desmond seem as normal as apple pie. Brought up by her grandmother, Murray was dancing before she was a ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1889 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Circe the Enchantress 1923 (Movie)

(Actor)

Danger, Go Slow (Movie)

Mugsy Mulane (Actor)

Delicious Little Devil (Movie)

(Actor)

Fascination (Movie)

Dolores de Lisa (Actor)

Mademoiselle Midnight (Movie)

(Actor)

Sweet Kitty Bellairs (Movie)

Kitty Bellairs (Actor)

The French Doll (Movie)

Georgine Mazuiier (Actor)
Writer (1)

Danger, Go Slow (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Dazzling blonde star of the silent screen, a self-described "golden dragonfly" who made "Sunset Boulevard"'s Norma Desmond seem as normal as apple pie. Brought up by her grandmother, Murray was dancing before she was a teenager, and in her 20s appeared in the "Ziegfeld Follies" of 1908, 1909 and 1915. She also jumped on the ballroom dancing bandwagon of the times and made a name for herself as a minor-league Irene Castle. Paramount's Adolph Zukor discovered her in 1915 and whisked her off to Hollywood, where he tried to make her into a second Mary Pickford in films like "To Have and to Hold" (her first, 1915), Cecil B. DeMille's "The Dream Girl" (1916), and "Princess Virtue" (1917). Several of her films were directed by Robert Z Leonard, whom Murray married in 1918. In 1917, she and Leonard joined Universal, where they opened their own production unit, Bluebird.

Relationships

Robert Z. Leonard Director

Husband

David Mdivani

Husband

Jay O'Brien

Husband
Married for one day in 1916; she claimed he kidnapped her

William Schwenker

Husband

Milestones

1931

Last film, "High Stakes"

1927

Walked out on MGM contract

1922

Signed with Metro (later MGM)

1916

Made film debut in "To Have and to Hold"

1908

Appeared in "The Ziegfeld Follies"

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