Mary Murphy (actress)
January 26, 1931|
Washington, D.C, United States
|Died||May 4, 2011
Los Angeles, California
|Cause of death||Heart disease|
|Home town||Rocky River
near Cleveland, Ohio
|Spouse(s)||Dale Robertson (1956–1956; divorced)
Alan Specht (1962–1967; divorced)
|Family||Youngest of four children|
Mary Murphy (January 26, 1931 – May 4, 2011) was an American film and television actress of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She was born in Washington, D.C., and spent most of her early childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, James Victor Murphy, died in 1940. Shortly afterwards, she and her mother moved to Southern California. Shortly out of high school she was signed to appear in films for Paramount Pictures in the late 1940s. Murphy died from heart disease May 4, 2011 in Los Angeles; she was eighty years old.
She first gained attention in 1953, when she played a good-hearted girl who tries to reform Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The following year, she appeared opposite Tony Curtis in Beachhead, and the year after that as Fredric March's daughter in the thriller The Desperate Hours, which also starred Humphrey Bogart. She co-starred with actor-director Ray Milland in his Western A Man Alone. Among her television appearances she was featured in the title role of defendant Eleanor Corbin in the 1962 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Glamorous Ghost." She also appeared in dozens of other television series including The Lloyd Bridges Show, I Spy, The Outer Limits and Ironside. She was long absent from the big screen before acting in 1972 with Steve McQueen in the Sam Peckinpah film Junior Bonner. She had retired from acting by the 1980s.
- Parla, Paul; Mitchell, Charles P. (2000). "Mary Murphy: Wild One's Sweetheart". Screen Sirens Scream! Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir and Mystery Movies, 1930s to 1960s. Jefferson, N.C. and London: McFarland. pp. 159–174. ISBN 0-7864-0701-8.
- Mary Murphy at the Internet Movie Database'
- Obituary - LA Times
- Mary Murphy on the cover of Tempo Magazine, May 16 1955(flickr.com)