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May McAvoy

Highest Rated:   100% Executive Suite (1954)
Lowest Rated:   74% The Jazz Singer (1927)
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Born into the upper class of New York City, she dropped out of high school and began looking for work as an actress. She quickly found work as a model and in advertising shorts, then in 1916 began playing extras in New York-based feature films. She debuted as an actress in Hate (1917), and within two years was playing leading ladies. A successful performance in Sentimental Tommy (1921) led to an invitation to Hollywood; already an established star when she was subsequently signed by Paramount, she increased her popularity playing innocent heroines. In 1923 she refused to appear scantily-dressed in a Cecil B. DeMille film, after which she had fewer and less important roles. She bought out her contract and began free-lancing at high prices; intelligent and discriminating in her choice of movies, she did very well. She made history by playing Al Jolson's leading lady in The Jazz Singer (1927), the first major talkie. She retired from the screen to get married in 1929; some have suggested that her career ended in the sound era because she lisped, but she denied this. In 1940 she was signed by MGM, but appeared only as an extra and in bit parts in a handful of films over the next two decades; it is said she signed to work as a lark.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Gun Glory
  • Woman
1957
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • Nurse
1957
100% Executive Suite
  • Grimm's Secretary
1954
No Score Yet Mystery Street
  • Nurse
1950
No Score Yet Luxury Liner
  • Woman
1948
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie)
  • Day Nurse
1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand
  • Girl Operator
1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway
  • Secretary
1940
74% The Jazz Singer
  • Mary Dale
1927
100% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  • Esther
1926
No Score Yet Fire Brigade
  • Helen Corwin
1926
No Score Yet Lady Windermere's Fan
  • Lady Windermere
1925
No Score Yet Mad Whirl
  • Cathleen Gillis
1925
No Score Yet Three Women
  • Jeanne Wilton
1924

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