Mae Murray by Michael G. Ankerich
The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips (Screen Classics)

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There is no question that Michael Ankerich has done his research, his greatest coup being the tracking down and interviewing of Murray's son.
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Mae Murray (1885--1965), popularly known as "the girl with the bee-stung lips," was a fiery presence in silent-era Hollywood. Renowned for her classic beauty and charismatic presence, she rocketed to stardom as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, moving across the country to star in her first film, To Have and to Hold, in 1916. An instant hit with audiences, Murray soon became one of the most famous names in Tinseltown.

However, Murray's moment in the spotlight was fleeting. The introduction of talkies, a string of failed marriages, a serious career blunder, and a number of bitter legal battles left the former star in a state of poverty and mental instability that she would never overcome.

In this intriguing biography, Michael G. Ankerich traces Murray's career from the footlights of Broadway to the klieg lights of Hollywood, recounting her impressive body of work on the stage and screen and charting her rapid ascent to fame and decline into obscurity. Featuring exclusive interviews with Murray's only son, Daniel, and with actor George Hamilton, whom the actress closely befriended at the end of her life, Ankerich restores this important figure in early film to the limelight.

 

About Michael G. Ankerich

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Former news reporter Michael G. Ankerich is author of The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap between Silents and Talkies and coauthor of The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image.
 
Published November 12, 2012 by The University Press of Kentucky. 392 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Eyman on Jan 04 2013

There is no question that Michael Ankerich has done his research, his greatest coup being the tracking down and interviewing of Murray's son.

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