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Also Known As: Mary Duncan Sanford Died: May 9, 1993
Born: August 13, 1895 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Luttrellville, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, social hostess

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Very active on the Broadway stage, Duncan came to films just before the coming of sound, most memorably in vamp roles. She made films for such important directors as Frank Borzage and F.W Murnau (in the lyrical romances, "The River" 1929 and "City Girl" 1930 and as a particularly alluring temptress in "Four Devils" 1929). She also played a leading role in the "Rashomon"-like early talkie, "Thru Different Eyes" (1929), as a man's murder is recounted from various suspects' points of view. By the early 1930s Duncan was playing supporting roles in films as, for example, one of the women terrorized by vengeful half-caste Myrna Loy in the bizarre melodrama, "Thirteen Woman" (1932). Duncan's last role was, ironically, in Oscar-winning upstart Katharine Hepburn's third film, "Morning Glory" (1933), as the star whom Hepburn replaces. Duncan retired from acting to marry into the Palm Beach horsey set and became an influential society figure.

Very active on the Broadway stage, Duncan came to films just before the coming of sound, most memorably in vamp roles. She made films for such important directors as Frank Borzage and F.W Murnau (in the lyrical romances, "The River" 1929 and "City Girl" 1930 and as a particularly alluring temptress in "Four Devils" 1929). She also played a leading role in the "Rashomon"-like early talkie, "Thru Different Eyes" (1929), as a man's murder is recounted from various suspects' points of view. By the early 1930s Duncan was playing supporting roles in films as, for example, one of the women terrorized by vengeful half-caste Myrna Loy in the bizarre melodrama, "Thirteen Woman" (1932). Duncan's last role was, ironically, in Oscar-winning upstart Katharine Hepburn's third film, "Morning Glory" (1933), as the star whom Hepburn replaces. Duncan retired from acting to marry into the Palm Beach horsey set and became an influential society figure.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Morning Glory (1933) Rita Vernon
2.
 The Phantom of Crestwood (1932) Dorothy Mears
3.
 State's Attorney (1932) Nora Dean
4.
 Thirteen Women (1932) June Raskob
5.
 Five and Ten (1931) Muriel Preston
6.
 Men Call It Love (1931) Helen [Robinson]
7.
 The Age for Love (1931) Nina Donnet
8.
 The Boudoir Diplomat (1930) Mona
9.
 City Girl (1930) The Waitress
10.
 Kismet (1930) Zeleekha
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1922:
Played the female lead in the stage version of "The Shanghai Gesture" (date approximate)
1927:
Began making films; earliest credits include "Very Confidential"
1928:
Appeared in the partial talkies, F.W. Murnau's "Four Devils" and Frank Borzage's "The River"
1929:
First all-talkie, "Thru Different Eyes"
1933:
Last film, "Morning Glory"
:
Became a very active and influential social hostess in Palm Beach; was close friends with Rose Kennedy
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -

Notes

National chairwoman of the April in Paris Ball, which raised money for various health charities.

Founder of the annual Polo Ball, which benefited organizations including the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and Planned Parenthood.

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husband:
Stephen Sanford. Polo player. Born on September 14, 1898; died in May 1977; made much of his money from the Bigelow Carpet Company; after marriage c. 1933 moved with Duncan into a mansion, Los Incas, in Palm Beach.

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