Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mae West: Margaret Perry

An actress from a most distinguished theatrical family was featured with MAE WEST in the motion picture "Go West, Young Man," a 1936 screen production of an original Broadway play called "Personal Appearance." Margaret Perry took the role of Joyce Struthers.
• • Born in Denver during the month of February — — on 23 February 1913 — — she was one of two daughters of Frank Frueauff, who worked in the gas and electric industry, and the illustrious Antoinette "Toni" Perry, the director and stage actress for whom the Tony Awards were named.
• • She was raised on a rugged Colorado ranch far from Times Square; her great grandparents homesteaded in South Park in 1862.
• • The 16-year-old made her stage debut in 1929; two years later she appeared on Broadway in John Van Druten's "After All" [1931]. Her mother Toni directed her in "Ceiling Zero" [1935] and "Now You've Done It" [1937]. Her very brief cinema career did not eclipse her theatre work; she was cast in only a few Hollywood movies during the 1930s.
• • By the time Margaret Perry was cast in "Go West, Young Man," she had married her second husband, actor Burgess Meredith; the newlyweds had tied the knot on 10 January 1936 and divorced two and a half years later.
• • With her third husband Paul Fanning — — scenic artist and art director/ co-producer of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" [1962] — — she bore four children. In 1952, the divorcee retired to Colorado to raise her kids and continued to live on the family's Salt Works Ranch, in South Park, Park County, Colorado until her demise.
• • Margaret Perry died in Hartsel, Colorado on 8 April 2007, outliving her sister and her daughter Toni.

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