Mildred Shay

Mildred Shay

Born Sep 26, 1911

Mildred Helen Shay was an American film actress, most famous for her 1930s off-camera exploits. The five-foot-two actress was dubbed "Pocket Venus" by gossip columnist Walter Winchell.

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1911 Birth Born in 1911.


1934 23 Years Old Shay married Thomas Francis Murphy in 1934. … Read More
1936 25 Years Old Shay remarried in 1936 to Winthrop Gardiner, a member of a prominent New York family descended from Lord Lion Gardiner. After only six months, Shay filed for divorce because of Gardiner's much-publicized affair with ice skater Sonja Henie whom he later married. In 1940, Shay met British army captain Geoffrey Steele and fell in love. The couple married in 1941 amid speculation and bets by the tabloid magazines about how long the union would last. … Read More
1939 28 Years Old Shay took a break from acting during her first marriages. After the second ended, she acted on Broadway in The Sap Runs High. She then returned to Hollywood in 1939 to play Joan Crawford's scene-stealing French maid in The Women. … Read More


1948 37 Years Old After moving to England during World War II, and except for the 1948 film I Killed the Count, Shay gave up acting for the next two decades.


1968 57 Years Old In 1968 she returned to acting with a small role in the Julie Andrews film Star!


1974 63 Years Old She appeared in the 1974 remake of The Great Gatsby.
1976 65 Years Old In 1976, director Ken Russell asked her to play an "aged American desperate for attention" in Valentino, his biography of Rudolph Valentino, in which she got to dance with the film's star, Rudolph Nureyev. … Read More
1999 88 Years Old Her last film was 1999's Parting Shots. … Read More
2004 93 Years Old 1 More Event
Shay suffered a stroke in 2004.
2005 95 Years Old Died on October 15, 2005.
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