~Mary Duncan~

Born: August 13, 1895 in Luttrellville, Virginia, USA
Died: May 9, 1993 in Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Mary Duncan went to Hollywood after critics praised her acting in the lead in "The Shanghai
Gesture" on Broadway. While making Five and Ten (1931), she became friends with the film's lead,
Marion Davies. The two attended a polo match, where Davies introduced Duncan to Stephen
"Laddie" Sanford, an international polo star and director of the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company.
She and Sanford married in 1933, after which she retired from films and moved with him to Palm
Beach, Florida. They also maintained three homes in the New York area. In retirement, she devoted
herself to philanthropic works, doing in major fund-raising for several charities. In addition, the
Sanfords were socially very prominent, and for many years the former Mary Duncan reigned as the
grande dame of Palm Beach society. A neighbor who became a close friend was Rose Kennedy,
mother of the late President, and among those the Sanfords entertained at their Pal Beach mansion
were the King and Queen of Jordan and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She continued her
charity work until very late in life, and died quietly in her sleep at the age of 97.

Biography By: Don Marion, IMDB.com
~Silent Filmography~
~Autrey Portrait Photograph of Mary
~Autrey Portrait Photograph of Mary
~Autrey Portrait Photograph of Mary