Mary Murphy (actress)

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Mary Murphy
Lloyd Bridges and Mary Murphy Lloyd Bridges Show 1963.JPG
Murphy on The Lloyd Bridges Show (1963)
Born (1931-01-26)January 26, 1931
Washington, D.C, U.S.
Died May 4, 2011(2011-05-04) (aged 80)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiovascular disease
Years active 1951–1975
Home town Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Spouse(s) Dale Robertson (1956–56; divorced)
Alan Specht (1962–67; divorced)
Children 1

Mary Murphy (January 26, 1931 – May 4, 2011) was an American film and television actress of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.


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.[1]

She first gained attention in 1953, when she played a good-hearted girl who is intrigued by 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. That was one of her best roles; another was in the film she made the following year for Joseph Losey, The Intimate Stranger (1956).

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 absent from the big screen for seven years before resuming her film career in 1972 with Steve McQueen in Junior Bonner.[2]

Murphy died of heart disease at her home in Beverly Hills, California, aged 80.[3]



  • 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. 

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