Mae Clarke Overview:

Legendary actress, Mae Clarke, was born Violet Mary Klotz on Aug 16, 1910 in Philadelphia, PA. Clarke died at the age of 81 on Apr 29, 1992 in Woodland Hills, CA and was laid to rest in Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, CA.


Mae Clarke appeared in over 115 film and television roles. She is probably best remembered for two roles: as Henry Frankenstein’s (Colin Clive’s) fiancee Elizabeth in the 1931 film classic, Frankenstein, and as poor Kitty, who gets a grapefruit smashed into her face by ’boyfriend’ Tom Powers (James Cagney) in The Public Enemy!

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



Clarke was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

: More than a Grapefruit in the Face

By shadowsandsatin on Sep 8, 2019 From Shadows and Satin

I was recently a guest on a podcast, on which I was asked about , and I am mortified to admit that, at the time, I couldn’t think of the name of a single, solitary one of her movies. This would have been bad enough if it had been just any classic movie star, but ?!? One of ... Read full article

Summer Under the Stars Guide:

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 20, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today's star is pre-code darling . TCM is celebrating the career of with 16 movies on Aug. 20. Here's what you need to know about one of the most popular actresses of the 1930's. FYI: TCM sometimes changes the air times and /or movies, so you can go to to check ... Read full article

Summer Under the Stars: Day 20 –

on Aug 20, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

?is the star for today!?Below, you?ll find links to those participating and honoring Clarke?(updated as they come in), as well as my own reviews of her work throughout the years. ?LIVE TWEET ALERT!:?Join me on Twitter as I host tonight’s #TCMParty talking?Waterloo Bridge?(1931) at 5p... Read full article

The Film Festival: "The Good Bad Girl" and "The Final Edition"

By David on Sep 3, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

"Don't tell anyone, but my real name is Mary Klotz." Of all the actresses who appeared in 1930s movies, (1910-1992) was certainly one of them. She played a variety of roles, including rather wooden reporter, rather wooden gangster's moll, rather wooden movie star, rather wo... Read full article

Mini Tribute:

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 16, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born August 16, 1910, Actress ! Grapefruit anyone??? All kidding aside, actress appeared in over 115 roles. She is probably best remembered as Henry Frankenstein’s (Colin Clive’s) fiancee, Elizabeth, in the 1931 classic, Frankenstein, and as poor Kitty, who unfortu... Read full article

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Mae Clarke Quotes:

Daphne Flowers: [to Sergeant Curtis about Wells] Get him to explain refinement to you. It's just too divine!

Gladys Kane: Listen, kid, did you ever hear of a game of pool that has to do with the Eight Ball? Well, the idea of the game is not to hit that particular ball, see? If you do - you lose. But if you land right behind it, you can't help yourself, can you? You've got to hit it. Well, that's the way it is when you get mixed up with a married man. You're always behind the Eight Ball. You *always* lose.

Tom Powers: [Tom shuffles to the breakfast table in his pajamas. He's just finished a demanding call with Nails Nathan] Ain't you got a drink in the house?
Kitty: Well, not before breakfast, dear.
Tom Powers: [immediately annoyed] ... I didn't ask you for any lip. I asked you if you had a drink.
Kitty: [sheepishly] I know Tom, but I, I wish that...
Tom Powers: ...there you go with that wishin' stuff again. I wish you was a wishing well. So that I could tie a bucket to ya and sink ya.
Kitty: Well, maybe you've found someone you like better.
[Tom is enraged and disgusted by her implication. He grimaces and shoves a grapefruit in her face as he leaves the table]

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Mae Clarke Facts
She was the model for Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

Immortal as the recipient of James Cagney's classic grapefruit-in-the-face in The Public Enemy (1931).

Interred at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California, USA, section C, lot #2424.

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