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Mae MurrayThe Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips$
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Michael G. Ankerich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136905

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.001.0001

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Strutting Like a Peacock through Tiffany's 1921–1922

Strutting Like a Peacock through Tiffany's 1921–1922

(p.101) 10 Strutting Like a Peacock through Tiffany's 1921–1922
Mae Murray

Michael G. Ankerich

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter focuses on Mae Murray’s most prolific and successful period in her film career. With such films as The Gilded Lily, Peacock Alley, and Broadway Rose, Mae could do no wrong. She and her husband, Robert Z. Leonard, established their own film company, Tiffany, and held control over every aspect of her films: casting, editing, costuming, and photography. Following several scandals that rocked the foundations of Hollywood, including the death of starlet Virginia Rappe and the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, a new organization of self-regulation was formed, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. Murray was among the first to lash out at the new organization. Censorship, she believed, ran the risk of robbing the industry of its spontaneity.

Keywords:   The Gilded Lily, Peacock Alley, Broadway Rose, Robert Z. Leonard, William Desmond Taylor, Virginia Rappe, Censorship, Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Tiffany

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