Mary Ure


Actor
Mary Ure

About

Birth Place
United Kingdom
Born
February 18, 1933
Died
April 03, 1975
Cause of Death
Accidental Overdose Of Alcohol And Barbituates

Biography

Fiery lead of the London stage, in occasional films. Ure's first husband was playwright John Osborne, for whom she starred in both the stage (1956) and screen (1960) versions of "Look Back in Anger"; she received her widest acclaim for her sensual performance as Clara in "Sons and Lovers" (1960). Her second husband was Robert Shaw, whom she later divorced. Ure died of an overdose of alco...

Family & Companions

John Osborne
Husband
Playwright, screenwriter. Married on August 11, 1957; divorced.
Robert Shaw
Husband
Actor, writer. Divorced; born in 1927; died in 1978.

Biography

Fiery lead of the London stage, in occasional films. Ure's first husband was playwright John Osborne, for whom she starred in both the stage (1956) and screen (1960) versions of "Look Back in Anger"; she received her widest acclaim for her sensual performance as Clara in "Sons and Lovers" (1960). Her second husband was Robert Shaw, whom she later divorced. Ure died of an overdose of alcohol and barbiturates at age 42.

Life Events

1950

During the Festival of Britain, was chosen to play Mary in the York Mystery Plays after winning a nationwide search at age 16 (date approximate)

1954

Discovered by impresario Hugh Beaumont while performing in Central School productions; made London stage debut in "Time Remembered"

1956

Starred in the London production of "Look Back in Anger" (by then husband John Osborne), recreated her role in Tony Richardson's film version (1960)

1960

Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in "Sons and Lovers"

1973

Last film, "A Reflection of Fear"

Videos

Movie Clip

Look Back In Anger (1959) - Give Her A Pink Gin Wife Alison (Mary Ure) walks into a buzz saw, arriving in the pub where Jimmy (Richard Burton) is schmoozing his benefactor Mrs. Tanner (Edith Evans) in Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back in Anger - Soapy, Stodgy and Dim! Church bells this time set off Jimmy (Richard Burton), who lights into wife Alison (Mary Ure) for her snobbery, as room-mate Cliff (Gary Raymond) attempts balance, in Look Back In Anger, 1959, from John Osborne's play.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - I'm Her Landlord! Jimmy (Richard Burton) and Cliff (Gary Raymond) invade the rehearsal where Alison (Mary Ure) is trying to support Helena (Claire Bloom) in Tony Richardson's production of John Osborne's play Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - She Just Devours Me Whole! Having just made peace, Jimmy (Richard Burton) and wife Alison (Mary Ure) get playful until he learns she's invited guest Helena (Claire Bloom), in Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959.
Look Back In Anger (1959) - Open, Jimmy A London jazz club is the setting, Jimmy (Richard Burton) wailing on his trumpet, in the opening of Tony Richardson's Look Back In Anger, 1959, co-starring Mary Ure and Claire Bloom, from John Osborne's play.
Mind Benders, The (1963) - What We're Not Daring To Say Scientist Tate (Michael Bryant) visits Oxford professor Longman (Dirk Bogarde), who’s been hiding out at home for weeks, indirectly reporting the death of their colleague Sharpey, with his wife (Mary Ure) reviewing a tape related to their experiments in sensory deprivation, in The Mind Benders, 1963.

Trailer

Companions

John Osborne
Husband
Playwright, screenwriter. Married on August 11, 1957; divorced.
Robert Shaw
Husband
Actor, writer. Divorced; born in 1927; died in 1978.

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