Mae Mercer (June 12, 1932 – October 29, 2008) was an American blues singer and actress.

Mae Mercer
Mary Ruth Mercer

(1932-06-12)June 12, 1932
DiedOctober 29, 2008(2008-10-29) (aged 76)

Mercer lived in North Carolina through age 15.[1] She spent eight years in the 1960s singing in a blues bar in Paris, the Blues Club, owned by publisher Maurice Girodias and touring Europe.

Mercer returned to the United States in the early 1970s to begin a career as an actress in films and television. Films in which she appeared included Dirty Harry (1971), The Beguiled (1971), Frogs (1972), Cindy (1978), and Pretty Baby (1978).[citation needed] She was co-producer of the documentary film Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary (1972).[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1963 Le glaive et la balance
1967 The Hell with Heroes Chanteuse
1971 The Beguiled Hallie
1971 Dirty Harry Mrs. Russell
1972 Frogs Maybelle
1973 Kung Fu Elizabeth 2 episodes
1974 The Swinging Cheerleaders Jessica Thorpe
1978 Cindy Sara Hayes
1978 Pretty Baby Mama Mosebery
1989 Homer and Eddie Ellen


  1. ^ Borsten, Orin (July 5, 1970). "Mae thinks it over, then plays slave". The Post-Crescent. Wisconsin, Appleton. p. Showtime 7. Retrieved April 20, 2021 – via
  2. ^ "Mae Mercer Sues Football Player For Accident Injuries". Jet. XLI (17): 62. January 20, 1972. Retrieved April 20, 2021.

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