Mary Duncan

Actor, Social hostess
Very active on the Broadway stage, Duncan came to films just before the coming of sound, most memorably in vamp roles. She made films for such important directors as Frank Borzage and F.W Murnau (in the lyrical ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1895 in Luttrellville, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Oprah Winfrey: Heart of the Matter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Morning Glory 1932 (Movie)

Rita Vernon (Actor)

City Girl 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Five and Ten (Movie)

Muriel Preston (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Zeleekha (Actor)

State's Attorney (Movie)

Nora Dean (Actor)

The Age for Love (Movie)

Nina Donnet (Actor)

Thirteen Women (Movie)

June Raskob (Actor)

Biography

Very active on the Broadway stage, Duncan came to films just before the coming of sound, most memorably in vamp roles. She made films for such important directors as Frank Borzage and F.W Murnau (in the lyrical romances, "The River" 1929 and "City Girl" 1930 and as a particularly alluring temptress in "Four Devils" 1929). She also played a leading role in the "Rashomon"-like early talkie, "Thru Different Eyes" (1929), as a man's murder is recounted from various suspects' points of view. By the early 1930s Duncan was playing supporting roles in films as, for example, one of the women terrorized by vengeful half-caste Myrna Loy in the bizarre melodrama, "Thirteen Woman" (1932). Duncan's last role was, ironically, in Oscar-winning upstart Katharine Hepburn's third film, "Morning Glory" (1933), as the star whom Hepburn replaces. Duncan retired from acting to marry into the Palm Beach horsey set and became an influential society figure.

Relationships

Stephen Sanford

Husband
born on September 14, 1898 died in May 1977 made much of his money from the Bigelow Carpet Company after marriage c. 1933 moved with Duncan into a mansion, Los Incas, in Palm Beach

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York
dropped out

Milestones

1933

Last film, "Morning Glory"

1929

First all-talkie, "Thru Different Eyes"

1928

Appeared in the partial talkies, F.W. Murnau's "Four Devils" and Frank Borzage's "The River"

1927

Began making films; earliest credits include "Very Confidential"

1922

Played the female lead in the stage version of "The Shanghai Gesture" (date approximate)

Became a very active and influential social hostess in Palm Beach; was close friends with Rose Kennedy

Bonus Trivia

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National chairwoman of the April in Paris Ball, which raised money for various health charities.

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Founder of the annual Polo Ball, which benefited organizations including the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and Planned Parenthood.

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