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20 January - Mae Busch, A lady of the silver screen.

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:21 pm

Australian Birthday Today - Mae Busch, born 18 June 1891, Melbourne Vic Australia – died 20 April 1946, San Fernando California USA,was an Australian film actress


    Mae worked in both silent and sound films in early Hollywood. In the latter part of her career, she appeared in many Laurel and Hardy comedies, where she frequently played Hardy's shrewish wife.

    Busch was born into a musical family, where her father was a conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and her mother was a singer.

    In 1900 her family moved to America, where she was placed in a convent. Upon her graduation Busch decided to pursue a career in theatre, and appeared on stage and then in vaudeville.

    Mae made her first appeared in films in The Agitator and The Water Nymph, both released in 1912, then In 1915 she worked at Keystone Studios, where she appeared in comedy.

    At the pinnacle of her film career, Busch was known as the versatile vamp. She starred in such feature films as The Devil's Pass Key (1920) and Foolish Wives (1923), both directed by Erich von Stroheim, and in The Unholy Three (1925), with Lon Chaney.

    Her career declined abruptly in 1926, when she walked out on her contract at Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer and suffered a nervous breakdown.

    In 1927, she was offered a leading role in a Hal Roach two-reeler, Love 'em and Weep, which began her long association with Laurel and Hardy. She appeared in thirteen of their comedies

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    Overall, she had roles in approximately one hundred and thirty motion pictures between 1912 and 1946. Jackie Gleason later mentioned her name on his television show as "the ever-popular Mae Busch".

    Busch married three times: to actor Francis McDonald from 1915–1922; to John Earl Cassell from 1926–29; and to civil engineer Thomas C. Tate from 1936 until her death.

    Busch died in 1946, age 54, at a San Fernando Valley sanitarium where she had been ill for five months with colon cancer.

    For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Mae Busch has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
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