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. Photograph caption dated February 23, 1940 reads "Former actress sobs telling of riches lost." Murray is seated on the witness stand, clad in black with her eyes closed, crying. Murray is seated on the witness stand, clad in black with her eyes closed, hands on her cheeks.
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