Artists and illustrators over the years have tried to capture the essence and beauty of silent film actress Mae Murray. In anticipation of the release of my new book, Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips, in the fall, I wanted to share with you some of the best examples of Mae Murray in art. Enjoy!
By Bob Harman
Bob Harman‘s caricature of Mae Murray is one of my all-time favorites. He was truly the Artist of the Stars.
A 1920s caricature.
As seen through the eyes of artist Nell Brinkley.
Another Nell Brinkley sketch.
Mae in silhouette in an ad for Sans Souci (mid-1910s).
By James Montgomery Flagg.
Advertisements for Mae’s films were some of the most interesting depictions of the actress.
A. L. Ewine’s 1924 drawings of Mae in Mademoiselle Midnight.
A 1927 sketch for the Los Angeles Times.
Mae advertises Pepsodent (1924).
Sketch for one of Mae’s gowns in The Merry Widow.
At the height of the Murray-Negri feud (1927).
A drawing from a 1941 article relating to Mae’s struggles. The quote underneath reads, “Throughout all her difficulties Mae’s glamour was like an umbrella protecting her and helping her survive the deluges of woe through the years.
An artist envisions Mae sleeping homeless on a park bench in Central Park.
A 1946 illustration that advertised Mae’s lecture series.
Mae graced the covers of the most popular movie magazines.