Mary Howard de Liagre, Broadway Actress, Dies at 94

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Mary Howard de Liagre, who appeared in a handful of Broadway shows and Hollywood movies before retiring from show business shortly at World War II, died June 6 in Manhattan. She was 94.

She was born in Independence, KS, and, according to Variety, performed with her twin sisters in the Ziegfeld Follies. She also danced in the 1934 Bert Lahr revue, Life Begins at 8:40, which had music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg. Soon after, she journeyed to Hollywood and was put under contract by Louis B. Mayer at M-G-M. A series of uncredited roles followed, in films like "The Great Ziegfeld," "Bars and Stripes," "The Face Behind the Mask" and "Marie Antionette." She had featured parts in "Love Finds Andy Hardy," "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," "Billy the Kind," "The Riders of the Purple Sage" and "Swamp Water.

In 1945, she moved back to New York and married the courtly, rich-living producer Alfred de Liagre Jr., who produced such works as The Voice of the Turtle and The Golden Apple; he died in 1987. She retired soon after marrying to raise her children.

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