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Mae Murray child custody suit
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Original photograph has creases on the lower left side. Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
Mae Murray, born Marie Adrienne Koenig, was an American film actress and producer. She was very popular in silent films and became a member of the board of trustees at the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a charitable organization formed to offer aid for those in the business who were in need. Murray led a colorful life, marrying four times and often appearing in court, suing or being sued for various reasons. After the silent film era, her career began to wane. She walked out of her contract with MGM, angering boss Louis B. Mayer. She became blacklisted and did not make another film after 1931. Murray married Georgian prince, David Mdivani in 1926. He bankrupted her and they divorced in 1933. They became involved in a fierce custody battle over their only child. For most of her later life, Murray lived in poverty and she moved into the Motion Picture House in Woodland Hills, a retirement community for Hollywood professionals. She died there on March 23, 1965.
First photograph caption dated August 22, 1939 reads "The suit of Mae Murray, star of silent films, who wants $12,000 a year from her former husband, Prince David Mdivani, for support of their son, was to be heard today at the prince's bedside where he is ill with a fractured knee."; Second photograph caption dated January 16, 1940 reads "May regain son if she can provide him a home."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1020
Murray, Mae,--1885-1965
Murray, Mae,--1885-1965--Trials, litigation, etc
Mdivani, David--Trials, litigation, etc
Child support--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Women--California--Los Angeles
Trials--California--Los Angeles
Portrait photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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