Mary Howard de Liagre
|Mary Howard de Liagre (Mary Rogers)|
May 18, 1918
Independence, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||June 6, 2009
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Alfred De Liagre Jr. (1945-1987) (his death) (2 children)|
Mary was born in Independence, Kansas, the daughter of William Penn Adair Rogers (Will Rogers) and Betty Blake. Her father, Will Rogers, and the actor Fred Stone were great friends, and he named his third and final child after him[who?].
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.
She died in New York, New York, where she was buried, but was later re-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.
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940, as Ann Rutledge)
- Four Girls in White (1939)
- Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
- Marie Antoinette (1938)
- The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
- Swamp Water (1941)