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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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From Merry Widow to Gay Divorcée 1925

From Merry Widow to Gay Divorcée 1925

(p.157) 13 From Merry Widow to Gay Divorcée 1925
Mae Murray

Michael G. Ankerich

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter takes readers to France after Mae Murray walked out on her contract following the completion of The Merry Widow. Her divorce from Robert Z. Leonard, her relationship with Rudolph Valentino, and her contract with Germany’s Universum Film AG (UFA) are explored. The chapter also covers the release and reception of The Merry Widow and Murray’s rise to superstar status.

Keywords:   The Merry Widow, Universum Film AG (UFA), Erich von Stroheim, Robert Z. Leonard, Rudolph Valentino

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