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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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The Delicious Little Mae 1918–1919

The Delicious Little Mae 1918–1919

(p.69) 8 The Delicious Little Mae 1918–1919
Mae Murray

Michael G. Ankerich

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter chronicles Mae Murray’s nasty divorce from James Jay O’Brien and her marriage to her director and business partner, Robert Z. Leonard. She lashes out at Variety magazine following a critical review and at a lawyer who threatens to sue her over claims that he helped her secure her Universal contract. The chapter tells how Gretchen Young, later Loretta, came to live with Murray for close to a year and reveals stories about her social life in Hollywood, the parties she gave, and the personal recollections of actresses Lina Basquette, Dagmar Godowsky, and Blanche Sweet. The chapter also explores Murray’s two films with Rudolph Valentino, The Big Little Person and The Delicious Little Devil, and exposes friction in the Leonard-Murray marriage over the handsome Latin lover.

Keywords:   Variety, Rudolph Valentino, The Big Little Person, The Delicious Little Devil, Universal, Hollywood parties, Lina Basquette, Dagmar Godowsky, Blanche Sweet

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