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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 Footlights to Kliegs 1915

From Footlights to Kliegs 1915

(p.39) 5 From Footlights to Kliegs 1915
Mae Murray

Michael G. Ankerich

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter chronicles the career boost Mae Murray received when she temporarily replaced Irene Castle in Watch Your Step. From there, Murray joined the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915, which opened her path to Hollywood and films. In the show, Murray hypnotized the audience with her performance as “Merry Pickum,” a travesty on Mary Pickford. The chapter shows how the influence of Adolph Zukor and Samuel Goldwyn led her to abandon the stage for Hollywood. In this chapter, Murray meets the man who became her second husband, James Jay O’Brien.

Keywords:   Irene Castle, Watch Your Step, Ziegfeld Follies of 1915, Mary Pickford, Adolph Zukor, Samuel Goldwyn, James Jay O’Brien

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