Mildred Shay

American actor Mildred Shay

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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City of Glendale

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  • 2005
    Age 93
    Died on October 15, 2005.
  • 2004
    Age 92
    Her final public appearance was the National Film Theatre's 2004 tribute to her favorite director, George Cukor.
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    Shay suffered a stroke in 2004.
  • 1999
    Age 87
    Her last film was 1999's Parting Shots.
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  • 1976
    Age 64
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 62
    She appeared in the 1974 remake of The Great Gatsby.
  • 1968
    Age 56
    In 1968 she returned to acting with a small role in the Julie Andrews film Star!
  • 1948
    Age 36
    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.
  • 1939
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1936
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1934
    Age 22
    Shay married Thomas Francis Murphy in 1934.
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  • 1911
    Born in 1911.
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