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.
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About the Author
Former news reporter Michael G. Ankerich is author of The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap between Silents and Talkies and coauthor of The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mae Murrary: The Girl With The Bee Stung Lips is Michael G. Ankerich's best work to date. I suppose only the die-heart silent film fans will remember Mae but she had n interesting career and was most noted for her role in The Merry Widow with the dashing Jack Gilber. Mae had managed to leave her begings in a maze of confusion and no one knew that she had two brothers.Michael manged to track down Mae's place of birth, Mae's nephew, grand daughters, and most importnt her son Koran who has never given an interview. The book takes you through Mae's dancing days at the Zigfireld Follies to her career in pictures, her marriges, the custody fight for her son, and her final days broke and alone. I recommend this book to everyone but especially those who read her silly and inaccurate auto-viography "The Self-Enchanted.