Mary Howard de Liagre

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Mary Howard de Liagre (Mary Rogers)
Mary Howard
Born Mary Rogers
(1918-05-18)May 18, 1918
Independence, Kansas, U.S.
Died June 6, 2009(2009-06-06) (aged 91)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1933-1942
Spouse(s) Alfred De Liagre Jr. (1945-1987) (his death) (2 children)

Mary Howard de Liagre, née Rogers (born 18 May 1913, Independence, Kansas — died 6 June 2009, New York, New York[1]) was an American actress usually credited as Mary Howard. Mary was the daughter of William Penn Adair Rogers (Will Rogers) and Betty Blake. After burial in New York, she was finally interred in a mausoleum at the Will Rogers Memorial and Museum in Claremont, Oklahoma, along with her parents and other siblings, William Vann Rogers "Bill" (Will Rogers, Jr.), James Baker Rogers, and Fred Stone Rogers. Her father, Will Rogers, and the actor Fred Stone were great friends, and he named his third and final child after him.

During World War II she toured service camps, helped organize the USO in Los Angeles and toured hospitals and camps for servicemen returning from war.[citation needed]

In 1945, she moved to New York and married Alfred de Liagre Jr., a film producer who died in 1987. She was a founding member of Recording for the Blind, and served on the boards of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Princess Grace Foundation.

On the day of her father's death in an airplane crash in Alaska, she was starring in a Broadway play along with Humphrey Bogart. The play was about a woman who was searching for her lover who had just died in an airplane crash. The death of her father and the manner in which he died was so devastating that she soon left the stage and never performed again.

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