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Mae Busch

Highest Rated:   100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Lowest Rated:   43% Alibi (1929)
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Australian-born Mae Busch was the daughter of an opera singer mother and a symphony conductor father. Her family came to the U.S. when Mae was 3 years old, and she was placed in a convent school while her parents toured the world. While still a teenager, Mae achieved stage stardom by replacing Lillian Lorraine in the musical comedy Over the River. In 1915 she became a Mack Sennett bathing beauty at the invitation of her close friend, Sennett-star Mabel Normand. Later, Mae was hired by Eric von Stroheim to play a lusty Spanish dancer in Stroheim's The Devil's Passkey. The director used her again in Foolish Wives (1922), casting Mae as the amoral--and fraudulent--Princess Vera. She was later signed by MGM, where she was billed as "the versatile vamp." Upset at the nondescript leading-lady roles she was getting, Mae walked out of her contract; this action caused producers to hesitate casting Mae in major productions. While free-lancing at second-rate studios, Mae accepted a comedy-vamp role in the Hal Roach 2-reeler Love 'Em and Weep (1927), which represented her first appearance with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Though she made an impressive sound feature-film debut in Roland West's Alibi (1929), the steely-voiced Ms. Busch's stardom had passed, and for the most part her talkie assignments were bits and secondary roles. Her best opportunities in the 1930s came in the films of Laurel and Hardy, where she was often cast as a shrewish wife or sharp-tongued "lady of the evening." In the team's Oliver the Eighth (1934), she essayed her most flamboyant role as an insane widow with a penchant for marrying and murdering any man named Oliver--which happened to be the first name of the hapless Mr. Hardy. Ms. Busch went into semi-retirement in the 1940s, occasionally resurfacing in small roles in such films as Ziegfeld Girl (1946); she died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Formerly married to silent-film star Francis McDonald, Mae Busch was also the aunt of 1960s leading lady Brenda Scott.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Fazil
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Boots
  • Woman
1946
100% The Blue Dahlia
  • Jenny the maid
1946
No Score Yet Stork Club
  • Vera
1945
No Score Yet The Mad Monster
  • Susan
1942
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Jenny
1941
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Mme. LaMotte
1938
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Detective
  • Miss Tyson
1938
No Score Yet Fangs of the Wild
  • Fur
1938
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai
  • Lil
1937
No Score Yet Easy to Take
  • Relative
1936
No Score Yet The Bohemian Girl
  • Mrs. Hardy
1936
No Score Yet Clutching Hand
  • Mrs. Paul Gironda
1936
No Score Yet Stranded
  • Lizzie
1935
No Score Yet The Fixer Uppers
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Live Ghost
  • Maisie
1934
No Score Yet Them Thar Hills
  • Mrs. Hall
1934
No Score Yet Picture Brides
  • Gwen
1934
No Score Yet The Road to Ruin
  • Mrs. Monroe
1934
100% Sons of the Desert
  • Mrs. Hardy
1933
No Score Yet Sucker Money
  • Mame
1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson
  • Mae
1933
No Score Yet The Racing Strain
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Lou Kendall
1933
No Score Yet Their First Mistake
  • Mrs. Arabella Hardy
1932
75% Doctor X
  • the Madame
1932
No Score Yet Without Honors
  • Mary Ryan
1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn
  • Landlord's Wife
1932
No Score Yet Chickens Come Home
  • Ollie's blackmailer
1931
No Score Yet Defenders of the Law
  • Mae Ward
1931
43% Alibi
  • Daisy Thomas
1929
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Mrs. Hardy
1929
No Score Yet Love 'Em and Weep
  • Old flame
1927
83% The Unholy Three
  • Rosie O'Grady
1925
No Score Yet Universal & MGM Studio Tour 1925
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Robina Teele
1923
89% Foolish Wives
  • Princess Vera Petchnikoff
1922

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