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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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Ziegfeld and the Millionaire 1908–1911

Ziegfeld and the Millionaire 1908–1911

(p.19) 3 Ziegfeld and the Millionaire 1908–1911
Mae Murray

Michael G. Ankerich

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter examines Mae Murray’s reluctance to associate herself with Florenz Ziegfeld, who gave her a break and furthered her career in musical comedy. The chapter examines her work in the Follies of 1908, Miss Innocence, The Young Turk, the Follies of 1909, and The Bachelor Belles. The chapter introduces the reader to playboy William M. Schwenker, the son of a millionaire, a stage-door Johnny, and Murray’s first husband. When Murray learns her new husband has no money of his own, the young dancer finds herself cooking on a small gas stove and surviving on $15 a week. The reader is introduced to some of the legendary luminaries of early New York theatre: Anna Held, Diamond Jim Brady, Lillian Lorraine, Nora Bayes, and Eva Tanguay.

Keywords:   Show girls, Stage-door Johnnies, Follies of 1908, Follies of 1909, William M. Schwenker, Anna Held, Diamond Jim Brady, Lillian Lorraine, Nora Bayes, Eva Tanguay, Musical comedy

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