Mary Murphy (actress)
Murphy on The Lloyd Bridges Show, 1963.
January 26, 1931|
Washington, D.C, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 2011
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Spouse(s)||Dale Robertson (1956–1956; divorced)
Alan Specht (1962–1967; divorced)
Mary Murphy (January 26, 1931 – May 4, 2011) was an American film and television actress of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She is best known for her role in the 1953 motion picture The Wild One with Marlon Brando.
Murphy 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. While working as a package wrapper at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, she was signed to appear in films for Paramount Pictures in 1951.
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 with Dale Robertson in Sitting Bull, 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.
Murphy died of heart disease at her home in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 80.
- Carrie (1952)
- Houdini (1953)
- Beachhead (1954)
- The Mad Magician (1954)
- Sitting Bull (1954)
- The Wild One (1954)
- The Desperate Hours (1955)
- A Man Alone (1955)
- The Intimate Stranger (1956)
- The Maverick Queen (1956)
- The Electronic Monster (1957)
- Crime and Punishment U.S.A (1959)
- 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
- Junior Bonner (1972)
- "Mary Murphy". The Daily Telegraph. 26 May 2011.
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- "Mary Murphy, Known for Role in ‘The Wild One’, Dies at 80". The New York Times. Associated Press. 16 May 2011.
- 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 & Company. pp. 159–174. ISBN 0-7864-0701-8.
- Mary Murphy at the Internet Movie Database'
- Mary Murphy on the cover of Tempo Magazine, May 16 1955
- Mary Murphy at Find a Grave