Tuesday, May 17, 2011

o.g. biker bitch dies

Actress Mary Murphy has died at 80. She was discovered in a coffee shop and landed a role as the small-town wholesome girl opposite Marlon Brando in "The Wild One."

Daughter Stephanie Specht tells the Los Angeles Times that Murphy died May 4 of heart disease at her Beverly Hills home.

Murphy had several roles in 1950s films, including "The Desperate Hours,""Beachhead,""A Man Alone,""Sitting Bull" and "The Mad Magician."

But she's best-known as the innocent in a town terrorized by a biker gang led by Brando.

Murphy was a package wrapper at Saks Fifth Avenue on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills when she was discovered in a nearby coffee shop by a Paramount Pictures talent scout.


drsprocket said...

First time I seen the Wild One was about 1956 and I was 10 yrs. old. It had been out for a couple of years. Mary Murphy was was a hot 23 yrs. old when she played that part. Got my juices flowing. Of course I had Annette Funicello on my mine too as she was only 14 and damn fine. Mouse ears and all. Ah you kids.

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