Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Mae Murray (1885-1965) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Famed "Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips" was born in New York City and began her show biz career in the chorus of The Sho-Gun on Broadway in late 1904. She came to the attention of Florenz Ziegfeld while dancing in The Alaskan in 1907, and was in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908, advancing to a headlining act for Ziegfeld by 1915. She made her film debut for Paramount the following year in To Have and to Hold opposite Wallace Reid, and followed that up with the starring role in Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1916). Murray met third husband, director Robert Z. Leonard, at Paramount and they left together for Universal in 1917, marrying the following year. Leonard served as director on two dozen Mae Murray films including A Mormon Maid (1917), The Delicious Little Devil (1919), Jazzmania (1923), Mademoiselle Midnight (1924), and Circe the Enchantress (1924), their final film together prior to their 1925 divorce. Murray's most successful film came for director Erich von Stroheim in The Merry Widow (1925), in which Murray famously performed the 'Merry Widow Waltz' with co-star John Gilbert. Oddly, her career quickly declined from that peak. She appeared in a few talkies including two for RKO, Bachelor Apartment (1931) and her final film High Stakes (1931), both starring and directed by Lowell Sherman.
Birthday: May 10