Mary Ellis (May Belle Elsas)

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New York City, New York, USA
A promising star first with the Metropolitan Opera than on the Broadway and London stages, soprano Mary Ellis had little chance to prove herself as either a musical or dramatic film star with only a few creaky vehicles left for audiences to ponder. Her versatility on stage, however, was extensive, ranging from heavy doses of Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill to the Restoration comedies of Sheridan and the light operettas of Oscar Hammerstein.

Born May Belle Elsas on June 15, 1897 of humble means in New York City, her family had emigrated to the States earlier from Alsace. Read more...


Character: Mrs. Nell Collings

The Magic Box 1951

Character: Elaine, the Queen of Langenstein

All the King's Horses 1935