Mary Howard de Liagre
Mary Howard de Liagre
Mary Howard de Liagre in 1951
May 18, 1913
Independence, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||June 6, 2009 (aged 96)|
|Other names||Mary Rogers|
|Spouse(s)||Alfred De Liagre Jr. (1945-1987) (his death) (2 children)|
Howard came from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and took dancing lessons when she was in kindergarten. Among her dancing instructors was Albertina Rasch. She began her entertainment career as a dancer, performing in shows in New York City when she was 14. That talent ran in her family, as two older sisters were in the Ziegfeld Follies.
Howard's first film employment came when she signed a stock contract with Louis B. Mayer. Although she appeared in few films, she used the first six months to have her teeth straightened and the second six months to learn to act.
In 1945, she moved to New York City and married Alfred de Liagre Jr., a film producer who died in 1987. She was a founding member of Recording for the Blind, and served on the boards of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Princess Grace Foundation.
- My Weakness (1933, film debut) - Diana Griffith
- The Great Ziegfeld (1936) - Miss Carlisle (uncredited)
- Torture Money (1937, Short, Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Two-reel) - Nurse Barry (uncredited)
- All Over Town (1937) - Joan Eldridge
- Man-Proof (1938) - First Girl (uncredited)
- Paradise for Three (1938) - Showering Woman (uncredited)
- Test Pilot (1938) - Movie Leading Lady (uncredited)
- Hold That Kiss (1938) - Nurse in Moving Picture (uncredited)
- Fast Company (1938) - Leah Brockler
- Marie Antoinette (1938) - Olivia (uncredited)
- The Shopworn Angel (1938) - Chorus Girl (uncredited)
- Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) - Mrs. Tompkins
- Sweethearts (1938) - Chorus Girl (uncredited)
- Four Girls in White (1939) - Mary Forbes
- Nurse Edith Cavell (1939) - Nurse O'Brien
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940, as Ann Rutledge) - Ann Rutledge
- The Wild Man of Borneo (1941) - Mary Thompson
- Billy the Kid (1941) - Edith Keating
- Riders of the Purple Sage (1941) - Jane Withersteen
- Swamp Water (1941) - Hannah
- Who Is Hope Schuyler? (1942) - Diane Rossiter
- Thru Different Eyes (1942) - Constance Gardner
- The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942) - Frances Allan (final film role)
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