Mae Marsh

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Date of Birth 9 November 1894, Madrid, New Mexico Territory , USA Date of Death 13 February 1968, Hermosa Beach, California, USA (heart attack) Birth Name Mary Wayne Marsh Height 5' 3" (1.60 m) Mini Biography Mae Marsh's father was an auditor for the railroad who died when she was four. Her family moved to San Francisco, where her stepfather was killed in the 1906 earthquake. Her great-aunt then took Mae and her sister to Los Angeles. With her show business background, Mae's aunt took them to the various movie studios for work as extras. Mae was a little freckle-faced girl, who came to work one day as an extra at Biograph to substitute for her sick sister. She had blue eyes and her hair color was indeterminate, but she had definite screen presence. She began her film career working for Mack Sennett and D.W. Griffith. Her first leading role was as the bare-legged prehistoric girl in Man's Genesis (1912). By 1913 Mae was being groomed as the successor to Mary Pickford. Most of her film roles were dramatic or tragic, or a combination of both. She appeared in Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). After that film, Samuel Goldwyn signed her to a contract at $2500 per week - far exceeding the $35 per week she got in 1915. Goldwyn was at his best when it came to publicity. It was he who gave Mae the title "The Whim Girl". Other than the publicity, her film career with Goldwyn was a disappointment and she retired on the eve of her marriage in 1918. During the 1920s Mae did a few movies in Hollywood and England, but stayed retired for the most part. It was not until the Wall Street "crash" in 1929 that began the Great Depression that she returned full-time to the screen, as she, like many others, was wiped out financially. After her financial situation improved, she returned to films sporadically, usually out of boredom. She worked in a dozen movies during the 1930s and took a number of roles in the 1940s and 1950s. She was a favorite of director John Ford and appeared in many of his films, such as The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Darling Clementine (1946) and The Quiet Man (1952), and she had a role in A Star Is Born (1954). Spouse Louis Lee Arms (1918 - 1968) (her death) 3 children Trivia Sister of editor Frances Marsh, actresses Marguerite Marsh, Mildred Marsh, and cinematographer Oliver T. Marsh. Silent film actress. In the Spring of 1918, the 18-year-old Ernest Hemingway claimed in letters to friends and family that he was engaged to Marsh. Hemingway was in New York at the time, preparing to go to Italy as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross, and he said he met Marsh at a party. Hemingway soon said that Marsh had broken the engagement. When asked about this incident 48 years later, in 1966, Marsh said she'd wished she'd known Hemingway (see letter and footnote in "Ernest Hemingway--Selected Letters," page 8). Although Marsh's birth date is usually given as 1895, U.S. Census records from 1900 clearly indicate her birth date as 9 November 1894. Furthermore, the same census records indicate that her father, S.C. Marsh, did not die when she was four, as most stories have it, nor was he a railroad auditor. Rather, he was a bartender and was alive as late as June, 1900. Salary The Cinderella Man (1917) $2,500/week Polly of the Circus (1917) $2,500/week The Birth of a Nation (1915) $35/week Man's Genesis (1912) $5/day

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The Birth of a Nation

Flora Cameron

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Intolerance

The Dear One (Modern Story)

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From the Terrace

Sandy's Governess (uncredited)

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The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

Sally Cameron

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Judith of Bethulia

Naomi

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The White Rose

Bessie 'Teazie' Williams

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Hoodoo Ann

Hoodoo Ann

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3 Godfathers

Mrs. Perley Sweet

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Smoky

Parade Spectator (uncredited)

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The Avenging Conscience

The Maid

Starring In
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The Love Goddesses

Herself (archive footage)

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Cheyenne Autumn

Woman (uncredited)

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Donovan's Reef

Family council member (uncredited)

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Two Rode Together

Hanna Clegg (uncredited)

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Sergeant Rutledge

Mrs. Nellie Hackett (uncredited)

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From the Terrace

Sandy's Governess (uncredited)

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The Last Hurrah

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)

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Cry Terror!

Woman in Elevator (replaced by Marjorie Bennett) (scenes deleted)

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The Wings of Eagles

Nurse Crumley (uncredited)

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The Searchers

Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman (uncredited)

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While the City Sleeps

Mrs. Manners

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Mord in den Wolken

Hysterical Passenger

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Mujeres en Prision

'Grandma' Edwards

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The Tall Men

Emigrant (uncredited)

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Good Morning, Miss Dove

Woman in Bank (uncredited)

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Prince of Players

Witch in 'Macbeth' (uncredited)

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Hell on Frisco Bay

Mrs. Cobb - Steve's Landlady (uncredited)

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A Star is Born

Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Robe

Jerusalem woman aiding Demetrius (uncredited)

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Blueprint For Murder

Anna Swenson - Lynne's Housekeeper (uncredited)

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Titanic (53)

Woman to whom Norman gave his seat (uncredited)

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The sun Shines Bright

G.A.R. Woman at the Ball

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Powder River

Townswoman (uncredited)

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The Quiet Man

Father Paul's Mother (uncredited)

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The Model and the Marriage Broker

Talkative Patient (uncredited)

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The Gunfighter

Mrs. O'Brien (uncredited)

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My Blue Heaven

Maid (uncredited)

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The Jackpot

Mrs. Woodruff in Photo (uncredited)

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When Willie Comes Marching Home/Up the River

Mrs. Fettles (uncredited)

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Impact

Mrs. King

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A Letter to Three Wives

Miss Jenkins (uncredited)

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Everybody Does It

Higgins - the Borlands' Maid (uncredited)

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The Fighting Kentuckian

Sister Hattie

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It Happens Every Spring

Greenleaf's Maid (uncredited)

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3 Godfathers

Mrs. Perley Sweet

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The Snake Pit

Tommy's Mother (uncredited)

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Fort Apache

Mrs. Gates

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The Walls of Jericho

Mourner Offering Condolences (uncredited)

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Miracle On 34th Street

Woman in Santa Line (uncredited)

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El Mundo de George Apley

Maid (uncredited)

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Daisy Kenyon

Woman Leaving Apartment (uncredited)

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Es begann in Schneiders Opernhaus

Resort Guest (uncredited)

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My Darling Clementine

Simpson's Sister (uncredited)

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Smoky

Parade Spectator (uncredited)

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Leave Her to Heaven

Fisherwoman (uncredited)

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Tynmore Sister (uncredited)

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The Dolly Sisters

Annie, flower lady (uncredited)

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The Fighting Sullivans

Neighbor of Mrs. Griffin (uncredited)

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The Song of Bernadette

Woman (uncredited)

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Jane Eyre

Leah (uncredited)

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The Meanest Man in the World

Old Lady (uncredited)

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The Moon is Down

Villager (uncredited)

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Just Off Broadway

Autograph Seeker (uncredited)

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Son Of Fury: The Story Of Benjamin Blake

Mrs. Purdy (uncredited)

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Tales of Manhatten

Molly (Robinson sequence)

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How Green Was My Valley

Miner's Wife (uncredited)

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Great Guns

Aunt Martha

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Tobacco Road

County Clerk's Assistant (uncredited)

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Belle Starr

Preacher's Wife (uncredited)

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Swamp Water

Mrs. McCord (uncredited)

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The Grapes of Wrath

Muley's Wife (uncredited)

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Young People

Maria Liggett

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Drums Along the Mowhawk

Pioneer Woman (uncredited)

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Swanee River

Mrs. Jonathan Fry (uncredited)

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Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Empire State Building Tourist (uncredited)

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In Blinder Wut

Mrs. Mary Novak

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¿Y Ahora Qué?

Wife of Karl Goebbler

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Alice in Wonderland (1933)

Sheep

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The Mother and the Law

The Little Dear One (archive footage)

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Intolerance

The Dear One (Modern Story)

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Hoodoo Ann

Hoodoo Ann

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The Birth of a Nation

Flora Cameron

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Judith of Bethulia

Naomi

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The Avenging Conscience

The Maid

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The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

Sally Cameron

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The White Rose

Bessie 'Teazie' Williams

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