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Also Known As: Mary Klotz, Mae Clarke Langdon, Mae Clark Died: April 29, 1992
Born: August 16, 1910 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, cabaret dancer

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This blonde leading lady of the 1930s was a former cabaret dancer and Broadway actress. With attractive but unremarkable looks, Clarke kept very busy during her first decade in films, most notably as the woman on the receiving end of James Cagney's quicksilver temper. In "The Public Enemy" (1931), the film which made Cagney a star, Clarke received the famous grapefruit-in-the-face, and in "Lady Killer" (1933), Cagney dragged Clarke around by the hair. Clarke also suffered memorably at the hands of Frankenstein's monster; Boris Karloff carried her off on her wedding day in James Whale's marvelous 1931 film. Whale also gave Clarke a much more challenging role in "Waterloo Bridge" the same year. In the first screen version (twice remade with Vivien Leigh and Leslie Caron) of Robert Sherwood's play, Clarke was superb as the young woman forced into prostitution during WWI. Clarke appeared mainly in supporting roles from the 40s onward.

This blonde leading lady of the 1930s was a former cabaret dancer and Broadway actress. With attractive but unremarkable looks, Clarke kept very busy during her first decade in films, most notably as the woman on the receiving end of James Cagney's quicksilver temper. In "The Public Enemy" (1931), the film which made Cagney a star, Clarke received the famous grapefruit-in-the-face, and in "Lady Killer" (1933), Cagney dragged Clarke around by the hair. Clarke also suffered memorably at the hands of Frankenstein's monster; Boris Karloff carried her off on her wedding day in James Whale's marvelous 1931 film. Whale also gave Clarke a much more challenging role in "Waterloo Bridge" the same year. In the first screen version (twice remade with Vivien Leigh and Leslie Caron) of Robert Sherwood's play, Clarke was superb as the young woman forced into prostitution during WWI. Clarke appeared mainly in supporting roles from the 40s onward.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) Mrs. Craig
3.
 Voice in the Mirror (1958) Mrs. Robbins
4.
 Ride the High Iron (1957) Mrs. Vanders
5.
 The Desperados Are in Town (1956) Jane Kesh
6.
 The Catered Affair (1956) Saleswoman
7.
 Mohawk (1956) Minikah
8.
 Come Next Spring (1956) Myrtle
9.
 Not As a Stranger (1955) Miss Odell
10.
 Women's Prison (1955) Saunders
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1923:
Debut as cabaret dancer
1925:
Stage acting debut
1929:
First film as actress, "Big Time"
1970:
Retired from film acting to teach drama
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husband:
Lew Brice. First of three marriages to end in divorce; married in 1926; Brice was the brother of famed singer-comedienne Fanny Brice.
husband:
Stephen Bancroft. Divorced.
husband:
Herbert Langdon. Divorced.

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nephew:
Rick Kinnett. Survived her.

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