~May McAvoy~

Born: September 8, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 26, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA
~The Los Angeles Time~
May 2, 1984
classic of the same name and Al Jolson's girlfriend in the historic talkie "The Jazz Singer."

A petite brunet with wide eyes, she was know for her portrayal of innocent heroines and her ability to
project "a gentle purity," as biographers have noted.

Her big success came in "Sentimental Tommy," a 1921 movie adaption of a James M. Barrie story.
Paramount signed her and she went to Hollywood already an established star.

In 1923, the year she reigned as queen of Pasadena's Tournament of Roses, she refused an offer from
Cecil B. DeMille to appear scantily dressed in his production "Adam's Rib," and bought out the
remainder of her contract at Paramount to freelance.

As a freelancer, she appeared in such films as "The Enchanted Cottage," with Richard Barthelmess,
and "Lady Windermere's Fan," with Ronald Colman.

Warner Bros. signed her to a contract in 1927 and cast her in several roles before giving her the
leading female role in the "The Jazz Singer."

McAvoy abandoned her career after her 1929 marriage to Maurice G. Cleary, a United Artists and
later Lockheed executive. In 1940, MGM signed her as a contract player and she worked in bit parts
and as an extra into the 1950s.

— Dorothy Townsend in the Los Angeles Times May 2, 1984
~Silent Filmography~
Stolen Kisses (1929) .... May Lambert
The Terror (1928) .... Olga Redmayne
Caught in the Fog (1928) .... The Girl
The Lion and the Mouse (1928) .... Shirley Ross
The Little Snob (1928) .... May Banks
If I Were Single (1927) .... May Howard
A Reno Divorce (1927) .... Carla
The Jazz Singer (1927) .... Mary Dale
Slightly Used (1927) .... Cynthia Martin
Irish Hearts (1927) .... Sheila
Matinee Ladies (1927) .... Sallie Smith
The Fire Brigade (1926) .... Helen Corwin
The Savage (1926) .... Ysabel Atwater
The Passionate Quest (1926) .... Rosina Vonet
My Old Dutch (1926) .... Sal Gratton
The Road to Glory (1926) .... Judith Allen
Calf-Love (1926)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) .... Esther
aka "Ben-Hur" - USA (short title)
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) .... Lady Windermere
Tessie (1925) .... Tessie
The Mad Whirl (1925) .... Cathleen Gillis
Three Women (1924) .... Jeanne Wilton
Tarnish (1924) .... Letitia Tevis
The Bedroom Window (1924) .... Ruth Martin
The Enchanted Cottage (1924) .... Laura Pennington
Married Flirts (1924) .... Herself, Guest at party
The City of Stars (1924) .... Herself
Hollywood (1923) .... Herself, Cameo appearance
West of the Water Tower (1923) .... Bee Chew
Her Reputation (1923) .... Jacqueline Lanier
Only 38 (1923) .... Lucy Stanley
Grumpy (1923) .... Virginia Bullivant
Kick In (1922) .... Myrtle
A Trip to Paramountown (1922) .... Herself
Clarence (1922) .... Cora Wheeler
The Top of New York (1922) .... Hilda O'Shaunnessey
Through a Glass Window (1922) .... Jenny Martin
A Homespun Vamp (1922) .... Meg Mackenzie
A Virginia Courtship (1921) .... Prudence Fairfax
Morals (1921) .... Carlotta
Everything for Sale (1921) .... Helen Wainwright
A Private Scandal (1921) .... Jeanne Millett
Sentimental Tommy (1921) .... Grizel
The Truth About Husbands (1920)
The Devil's Garden (1920) .... Norah
The Forbidden Valley (1920) .... Morning Glory
The House of the Tolling Bell (1920) .... Lucy Atheron
Man and His Woman (1920) .... Eve Cartier
The Sporting Duchess (1920) .... Mary Aylmer
My Husband's Other Wife (1920) .... Nettie Bryson
Love Wins (1920)

The Way of a Woman (1919) .... Grace Lee
The Woman Under Oath (1919) .... Edith Norton
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1919) .... Australy Wiggs
I'll Say So (1918) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
A Perfect Lady (1918) .... Claire Higgins
To Hell with the Kaiser! (1918) .... Wounded Girl
Hate (1917) .... May Garvan
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