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May McAvoy (1899–1984)


Silent screen star May McAvoy was born in an upper scale area of New York City. Her well-to-do family owned and operated a large livery stable situated where the Waldorf-Astoria now stands. She initially wanted to be a teacher but became intrigued with show business after watching a friend rehearse a show at a nearby vaudeville theater. A model ... See full bio »

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 1959 Ben-Hur
Woman in crowd (uncredited)
 1957 Gun Glory
Woman (uncredited)
 1957 Designing Woman
Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
Nurse (uncredited)
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Member of the Jury
- The Night of January Sixteenth (1956) ... Member of the Jury
 1956 Ransom!
Miss May (uncredited)
 1954 Executive Suite
Grimm's Secretary (uncredited)
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful
Pebbel's Secretary (uncredited)
 1950 Watch the Birdie
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1950 Mystery Street
Nurse (uncredited)
 1950 The Yellow Cab Man
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1948 Luxury Liner
Woman (uncredited)
 1947 The Unfinished Dance
Ronsell's Secretary (uncredited)
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Wife (uncredited)
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Minor Role (scenes deleted)
 1944 Movie Pests (Short)
Woman Whose Vision Gets Blocked (uncredited)
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor
Dowager (uncredited)
 1943 My Tomato (Short)
Gidge's Customer (uncredited)
 1943 Assignment in Brittany
Nurse (uncredited)
 1942 Mr. Blabbermouth! (Short)
Wife (uncredited)
 1942 Born to Sing (uncredited)
 1941 Main Street on the March! (Short)
Window Shopper (uncredited)
 1941 Ringside Maisie
1st Nurse (uncredited)
 1941 The Getaway
Duff's Secretary (uncredited)
 1941 Love Crazy
Sanity Hearting Secretary (uncredited)
 1941 1-2-3 Go! (Short)
Miss Jones, nurse
 1941 Whispers (Short)
Gossip (uncredited)
 1940 Third Finger, Left Hand
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1940 Dulcy
Miss Murphy - Van Dyke's Secretary (uncredited)
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Middle Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1940 The New Pupil (Short)
Sally's mother
 1940 Two Girls on Broadway
Chatworth's Secretary (uncredited)
 1929 No Defense
Ruth Harper
 1929 Stolen Kisses
May Lambert
 1928 The Terror
Olga Redmayne
 1928 Caught in the Fog
The Girl
 1928 The Lion and the Mouse
Shirley Ross
 1928/II Sunny California (Short)
 1928 The Little Snob
May Banks
 1927 If I Were Single
May Howard
 1927 A Reno Divorce
Carla
 1927 Slightly Used
Cynthia Martin
 1927 Irish Hearts
Sheila
 1927 Matinee Ladies
Sallie Smith
 1926 Calf-Love (Short)
 1926 The Fire Brigade
Helen Corwin
 1926 The Savage
Ysabel Atwater
 1926 The Passionate Quest
Rosina Vonet
 1926 My Old Dutch
Sal Gratton
 1926 The Road to Glory
Judith Allen
 1925 Tessie
Tessie
 1925 The Mad Whirl
Cathleen Gillis
 1924 Three Women
Jeannie Wilton
 1924 Tarnish
Letitia Tevis
 1924 The Bedroom Window
Ruth Martin
 1923 West of the Water Tower
Bee Chew
 1923 Her Reputation
Jacqueline Lanier
 1923 Only 38
Lucy Stanley
 1922 Kick In
Myrtle
 1922 The Top of New York
Hilda O'Shaunnessey
 1922 Through a Glass Window
Jenny Martin
 1922 A Homespun Vamp
Meg Mackenzie
 1921 A Virginia Courtship
Prudence Fairfax
 1921 Morals
Carlotta
 1921 Everything for Sale
Helen Wainwright
 1921 A Private Scandal
Jeanne Millett
 1921 Sentimental Tommy
Grizel
 1920 The Devil's Garden
Norah
 1920 The Forbidden Valley
Morning Glory
 1920 The House of the Tolling Bell
Lucy Atheron
 1920 Man and His Woman
Eve Cartier
 1920 The Sporting Duchess
Mary Aylmer
 1920 My Husband's Other Wife
Nettie Bryson
 1919 The Way of a Woman
Grace Lee
 1919 Love Wins
 1919 The Woman Under Oath
Edith Norton
 1919 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Australy Wiggs
 1918 I'll Say So
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1918 A Perfect Lady
Claire Higgins
 1918 To Hell with the Kaiser!
Wounded Girl
 1917 Hate
May Garvan
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Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

13 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

4' 11" (1.5 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I wanted to be somebody and was utterly miserable at high school. I had nothing in common with the other girls. All they thought about were good times, pretty clothes, and boys. I was there to work. I left high school in my third year and decided I was going to succeed in pictures. See more »

Trivia:

Her first film was a promotional commercial short for Domino Sugar filmed at Metro. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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