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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.


1932 21 Years Old Her first screen roles were small parts in 1932's The Age of Consent and A Bill of Divorcement (the latter starred John Barrymore, Billie Burke, and in her film debut, Katharine Hepburn). Mildred was tied to a chariot in 1933's Roman Scandals and was a voice double for Greta Garbo in the 1932 epic Grand Hotel. … Read More
1939 28 Years Old Her family shunned her due to the negative publicity, and after a short attempt at Broadway she returned to Hollywood. In 1939 she played Joan Crawford's scene-stealing French maid in The Women, and was one of the few actresses to get along with the difficult star. … Read More
1940 29 Years Old In 1940 Shay met tall, dark and handsome British officer Geoffrey Steele, and fell in love instantly. … Read More


1948 37 Years Old Geoffrey Steele returned to England for World War II and Shay went with him. She had a daughter, Georgiana (who went on to marry Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon), and chose to limit her film activities. 1948's I Killed the Count was her last acting work for some time. … Read More


1968 57 Years Old In 1968 she returned to acting with a small role in the Julie Andrews film Star (based on Gertrude Lawrence).


1974 63 Years Old She appeared in 1974's remake of The Great Gatsby (with Mia Farrow) and soon after, avant garde director Ken Russell asked her to play an "aged American desperate for attention" in 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 in 1999's Parting Shots; her last Hollywood appearance was at the 2003 Academy Awards telecast.
2004 93 Years Old She had a serious stroke in her final years, but still managed to attend some functions and was at National Film Theatre's 2004 tribute to her favorite director, George Cukor. … Read More
2005 94 Years Old Died in 2005.
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