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May McAvoy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia May McAvoy (September 8, 1899 – April 26, 1984) was an American actress who worked mainly during the silent film era. Some of her major roles are Laura Pennington in The Enchanted Cottage, Esther in Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, and Mary Dale in The Jazz Singer. McAvoy appeared in her first film, entitled Hate, in 1917. After appearing in more than three dozen films, she co-starred with Ramón Novarro and Francis X. Bushman in director Fred Niblo's 1925 production of Ben-Hur, released by MGM. The feature-length film was one of the most lavish and spectacular productions of the silent movie era. Although her voice was not heard in The Jazz Singer, McAvoy did speak in several other films, including the second "all-talkie" released by Warner Brothers, The Terror, which was directed by Roy Del Ruth and co-starred Conrad Nagel. For years a rumor circulated that McAvoy retired from the screen at the transition to sound films because of a lisp or speech impediment. In truth, she married the treasurer of United Artists, who asked her not to work. Later, she returned to films and played small roles during the 1940s and 1950s, making her final film appearance in a small part in the 1959 version of Ben-Hur.

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Sep 8, 1899 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Perfect Lady 1918-12-01
Latest Project:
Movie Ben-Hur 1959-12-26
Known For
Poster of The Bad and the Beautiful
Poster of Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Poster of Two Girls on Broadway
Poster of No Defense
Movie Ben-Hur Woman in crowd (uncredited) 1959-12-26
Movie The Bad and the Beautiful Pebbel's Secretary 1952-12-25
Movie The Yellow Cab Man Minor Role (uncredited) 1950-03-25
Movie Mystery Street Nurse (uncredited) 1950-06-23
Movie Luxury Liner Woman (uncredited) 1948-11-09
Movie Two Girls and a Sailor Dowager (uncredited) 1944-06-14
Movie Movie Pests Woman Whose Vision Gets Blocked (uncredited) 1944-07-08
Movie Mr. Blabbermouth! 1942-08-08
Movie Born to Sing (uncredited) 1942-02-18
Movie Rio Rita Hotel Guest (uncredited) 1942-03-11
Movie Whispers Gossip (uncredited) 1941-02-08
Movie Love Crazy Sanity Hearting Secretary (uncredited) 1941-05-23
Movie Sucker List Secretary (uncredited) 1941-07-26
Movie Main Street on the March! Window Shopper (uncredited) 1941-12-09
Movie Ringside Maisie 1st Nurse (uncredited) 1941-08-01
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Saleslady 1940-05-29
Movie Phantom Raiders Middle Telephone Operator 1940-06-07
Movie Two Girls on Broadway Chatworth's Secretary (uncredited) 1940-04-19
Movie Third Finger, Left Hand Telephone Operator (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie Dulcy Miss Murphy - Van Dyke's Secretary 1940-10-04
Movie Stolen Kisses May Lambert 1929-02-23
Movie No Defense Ruth Harper 1929-04-05
Movie The Lion and the Mouse Shirley Ross 1928-05-21
Movie Caught in the Fog The Girl 1928-08-24
Movie The Terror Olga Redmayne 1928-09-06
Movie Slightly Used Cynthia Martin 1927-09-03
Movie If I Were Single Unknown 1927-12-17
Movie The Jazz Singer Mary Dale 1927-10-06
Movie The Road to Glory Judith Allen 1926-02-07
Movie The Passionate Quest 1926-07-10
Movie My Old Dutch Sal Gratton 1926-05-23
Movie The Fire Brigade Helen Corwin 1926-12-20
Movie The Savage Ysabel Atwater 1926-07-18
Movie The Mad Whirl Cathleen Gillis 1925-03-02
Movie Lady Windermere's Fan Lady Windermere 1925-12-26
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Esther 1925-12-25
Movie The Bedroom Window Ruth Martin 1924-06-08
Movie The Enchanted Cottage Laura Pennington 1924-03-23
Movie Tarnish Letitia Tevis 1924-08-01
Movie Three Women Jeannie Wilton 1924-10-04
Movie Only 38 Lucy Stanley 1923-06-17
Movie The Top of New York 1922-06-18
Movie Kick In Unknown 1922-12-17
Movie A Trip to Paramountown Herself 1922-07-10
Movie Sentimental Tommy Grizel 1921-03-26
Movie Morals Carlotta 1921-10-31
Movie A Private Scandal Jeanne Millett 1921-06-11
Movie The Devil's Garden 1920-11-22
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Australy Wiggs 1919-02-16
Movie The Way of a Woman Grace Lee 1919-07-27
Movie The Woman Under Oath Edith Norton 1919-06-29
Movie A Perfect Lady Claire Higgins 1918-12-01