Meg Mundy

Margaret Anne Mary "Meg" Mundy (January 4, 1915 – January 12, 2016) was an English-born American actress and model. She was born in London,[3] but in 1921, at the age of six, moved to the United States.

Meg Mundy
Meg Mundy 1955
Meg Mundy in 1955
Born
Margaret Anne Mary Mundy

January 4, 1915
Marylebone, London, England, UK
DiedJanuary 12, 2016 (aged 101)
OccupationActress
Years active1934–2001
Spouse(s)Konstantinos Yannopoulos (September 15, 1951-; divorced)[1]
Mark Daniels (1942[2]-51; divorced)
Children1

Personal life

Mundy was born in Marylebone, London. Her mother, Australian opera singer Clytie Hine (1887–1983), studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, South Australia. Her father was English cellist John Mundy. In 1921, the couple emigrated to the United States with their two children. Their father became orchestra manager of the Metropolitan Opera. After retiring as a performer, Hine coached opera singers and musical performers. Meg's younger brother was Columbia University history professor John Hine Mundy (1917-2004)[4] Mundy turned 100 on January 4, 2015 and died on January 12, 2016, at the age of 101.[5] She was survived by her son and granddaughter.[6]

Marriages

Career

In 1940, modeling agency founder Harry Conover cited Mundy as one of the 10 top models ("those who lure the highest salaries").[7] A newspaper article two years later reported that Mundy was "said to be Manhattan's highest paid model."[2]

Mundy debuted as a concert singer at Carnegie Hall in 1942.[8]

In 1948 Mundy starred in The Respectful Prostitute (see below), but Dorothy Parker professed ignorance: "Meg Mundy? What's that, a Welsh holiday?" (Film star Ann Dvorak succeeded Mundy in that role.) Mundy also played Mary McLeod, the lead female role, in the Broadway production of Detective Story; the role was later played by Eleanor Parker in the film.[9]

On television she played, among other roles, an antiques fancier on an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and wealthy matriarch Mona Aldrich Croft on The Doctors from 1972–82, when the show ended. After playing the role of Isabelle Alden on the pilot for the new soap Loving, she briefly played Maeve Stoddard's imperious mother Julia on Guiding Light. She later played the role of Dimitri Marrick's wealthy aunt, Eugenia von Voynavitch on All My Children.

Her film credits included roles in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Oliver's Story (1978), The Bell Jar (1979), and as the mother of Mary Tyler Moore's character in Ordinary People (1980), which won the Academy Award as Best Picture Of The Year. She appeared in the 1983 Walter Matthau-Robin Williams film The Survivors, the 1987 films Fatal Attraction and Someone to Watch Over Me, and in two episodes of Law & Order in the 1990s.[3]

Awards

In 1948 Mundy won the Theatre World Award for her performance in The Respectful Prostitute at the Cort Theatre.[10]

In 1982 she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series at the 9th Daytime Emmy Awards for her role on The Doctors.[3]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Doris Spenser
1978 Oliver's Story Mrs. Barrett
1979 The Bell Jar Bea Ramsey
1980 Ordinary People Grandmother
1983 The Survivors Mace Lover
1987 Fatal Attraction Joan Rogerson
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Antonia

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c Durling, E.V. (September 29, 1942). "On the Side". Pennsylvania, Shamokin. Shamokin News-Dispatch. p. 4. Retrieved April 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c Profile, IMDb.com; accessed November 21, 2015.
  4. ^ John Hine Mundy profile, historians.org; accessed November 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Notice of death of Meg Mundy". The New York Times. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Obituary, nytimes.com; accessed January 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Barron, Mark (December 11, 1940). "Former Model Starts Agency". Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. The Wilkes-Barre Record. p. 14. Retrieved April 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Stevenson, L.L. (May 28, 1942). "Lights of New York". Indiana, Greenfield. Greenfield Daily Reporter. p. 6. Retrieved April 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Detective Story profile, ibdb.com; accessed November 17, 2014.
  10. ^ Profile, IBDb.com; accessed November 17, 2014.

External links

1915 in the United Kingdom

Events from the year 1915 in the United Kingdom. The year was dominated by the First World War, which broke out in the August of the previous year.

1915 in the United States

Events from the year 1915 in the United States.

9th Daytime Emmy Awards

The 9th Daytime Emmy Awards were held on June 8, 1982, to commemorate excellence in daytime programming from the previous year (1981).

Winners in each category are in bold.

Detective Story (play)

Detective Story is a 1949 play in three acts by American playwright Sidney Kingsley. The play opened on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre on March 23, 1949 where it played until the production moved to the Broadhurst Theatre on July 3, 1950. The production closed on August 12, 1950 after 581 performances. The cast notably included Lydia Clarke who won a Theatre World Award for her performance. Other cast members included Ralph Bellamy as Detective Jim McLeod, Meg Mundy as Mary McLeod, James Westerfield as Detective Lou Brody, Joan Copeland as Susan Carmichael, Harry Worth as Dr. Kurt Schneider, and Maureen Stapleton as Miss Hatch. Kingsley was awarded an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Mystery Play.

In April 1950 the play opened at London's Prince's Theatre. with George Margo, Ronan O'Casey and Douglass Montgomery.

In 1951, a short-lived production was staged at Harlem's Apollo Theater, with Sidney Poitier as Detective McLeod. A reviewer writing for Variety thought that Poitier lacked the maturity to play a grizzled detective and that the actor's goatee beard was "more suited to a be-bop musician than a gumshoe."

Eyes of Laura Mars

Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 American mystery-thriller film starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay was adapted (in collaboration with David Zelag Goodman) from a spec script titled Eyes, written by John Carpenter; it was Carpenter's first major studio film. H. B. Gilmour later wrote a novelization.

Producer Jon Peters, who was dating Barbra Streisand at the time, bought the screenplay as a starring vehicle for her, but Streisand eventually decided not to take the role because of "the kinky nature of the story," as Peters later explained. As a result, the role went to Dunaway, who had just won an Oscar for her performance in Network. Streisand nevertheless felt that "Prisoner," the torch song from the film, would be a good power ballad vehicle for her. She sang it on the soundtrack and garnered a moderate hit as a result (the record peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Eyes of Laura Mars is said to be an example of an American version of the Italian giallo genre. The film is also noted for its use of red herrings and its twist ending.

Fearful Decision

Fearful Decision is a 1954 episode of the TV series The United States Steel Hour. It was later adapted into the feature films Ransom! (1956) and Ransom (1996).

Hooray for What!

Hooray for What! is an anti-war musical with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It introduced the song "Down With Love".

List of All My Children cast members

This is a list of actors and actresses who have had roles on the soap opera, All My Children.

List of Loving cast and characters

This is a list of actors who appeared on the American soap opera Loving.

List of centenarians (actors, filmmakers and entertainers)

The following is a list of centenarians – specifically, people who became famous as actors, filmmakers and entertainers – known for reasons other than their longevity. For more lists, see lists of centenarians.

List of women identified as communists in Red Channels

This is a list of women who were listed as communists or fellow travelers in the anti-communist publication Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television in June 1950. As a result of being listed in the pages of this volume, many of these 41 women found it difficult to find employment in media industries.

Stella Adler: Actress, director

Edith Atwater: Actress

Vera Caspary: Writer, novelist

Mady Christians: Actress; council member, Actors' Equity Association

Louise Fitch: Actress

Ruth Gordon: Actress, writer

Shirley Graham: Musician; writer; founding member of Sojourners for Truth and Justice

Uta Hagen: Actress, teacher

Lillian Hellman: Playwright, author

Rose Hobart: Actress; board member, Screen Actors' Guild

Judy Holliday: Actress

Lena Horne: Singer, actress

Marsha Hunt: Actress

Donna Keath: Actress

Pert Kelton: Actress

Adelaide Klein: Actress

Gypsy Rose Lee: Burlesque artist; quiz show host; recording secretary American Guild of Variety Artists

Madeline Lee: Actress, social activist

Ray Lev: Concert pianist

Ella Logan: Singer

Aline MacMahon: Actress

Margo, sometimes known as Margo Albert: Actress, dancer

Jean Muir: Actress

Meg Mundy: Actress

Dorothy Parker: Writer; co-founder Hollywood Anti-Nazi League

Minerva Pious: Actress

Anne Revere: Actress; secretary, Screen Actors Guild

Selena Royle: Actress

Hazel Scott: Musician, actress

Lisa Sergio: Radio commentator

Ann Shepherd: Actress

Gale Sondergaard: Actress

Hester Sondergaard: Actress

Helen Tamiris: Choreographer

Betty Todd: Director; secretary, Radio and Television Directors Guild

Hilda Vaughn: Actress

Fredi Washington: Actress; journalist, The People's Voice; secretary, Negro Actors Guild of America

Margaret Webster: Author, director, producer

Ireene Wicker: Radio show host

Betty Winkler: Actress

Lesley Woods: Actress

Mundy (surname)

Mundy (Munday is the name of a family recorded in the Visitation of Derbyshire) that lived in Derbyshire, and rose to prominence after a member became Lord Mayor of London. The Markeaton , Derbyshire family seems to have changed the spelling of its name to be distanced from family members who remained catholic in protestant Britain.

Notable persons with that surname include:

Alfred Miller Mundy (1809–1877), English military officer and politician in colonial South Australia

Carl Epting Mundy, Jr. (born 1935), Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

Bill Mundy (baseball) (1889–1958), American baseball player

David Mundy (born 1985), Australian rules footballer

Edward Mundy (1794–1851), American politician and judge from Michigan

Edward Miller Mundey (1750–1822), English MP for Derbyshire

Edward Miller Mundey (1800–1849), English MP for South Derbyshire

[[Francis Noel Clarke Mundey] (1739–1815), English poet

Francis Mundey (1771–1837), member of parliament in the UK

Frank Mundy, former NASCAR Cup Series driver

Harry Mundy (1915–1988), British car engine designer and motoring magazine editor

Jimmy Mundy (1907–1983), American jazz musician and composer

John Mundy (mayor) (died 1538), Lord Mayor of London in 1522

John Mundy (composer) (c. 1550/1554–1630), English composer

John Mundy (diplomat), Canadian diplomat

John Mundy (presenter), British voice-over artist and former news presenter

Josef Mundy (1935–1994), Israeli playwright

Joseph Mundy, computer programmer

Julie Mundy, American popular culture author and researcher

Leo C. Mundy (1887-1944), American physician and politician

Matt Mundy (born 1987), Australian football (soccer) player

Meg Mundy (born 1915), American actress

Peter Mundy (fl. 1600 – 1667), Cornish Elizabethan traveller and writer

Rueben Mundy, American football coach for Tennessee State University

Ryan Mundy (born 1985), American football player

Talbot Mundy (1879–1940), English writer

William Mundy (composer) (c. 1529–1591), English Tudor composer

William Mundy (Markeaton) (1801–1877), 18th Century English MP

Wrightson Mundy (1715–1762), High Sheriff of Derbyshire, England and MP for Leicestershire

New York Drama Critics Award

The New York Drama Critics Awards (formed 1943) are awarded through the composite opinion of a sample of New York Drama Critics to recognize Excellence in Broadway Theater. Awards are given each season for Best Performance by an Actor, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Male Performance in a Musical, Best Femme Performance in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Most Promising Young Actor, Most Promising Young Actress, Best Directing Job, Best Scene-Designing Job, and Best Musical Score (further specified to Composer/Lyric Writer/Librettist). An award for Best Dance Director or Choreographer was added in the 1944-1945 season. Two new categories, most promising new playwright and best new director, were added for the 1946-1947 season.

Oliver's Story (film)

Oliver's Story is a 1978 American romantic drama film and a sequel to Love Story (1970) based on a novel by Erich Segal published a year earlier. It was directed by John Korty and again starred Ryan O'Neal, this time opposite Candice Bergen. The original music score was composed by Lee Holdridge and Francis Lai. It was released by Paramount Pictures on December 15, 1978.

This film's promotional tagline is: "It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special."

Ordinary People

Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. The film stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, and Timothy Hutton.

The story concerns the disintegration of an upper-middle class family in Lake Forest, Illinois, following the death of one of their sons in a boating accident. The screenplay by Alvin Sargent was based upon the 1976 novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest.

The film received six Academy Awards nominations and won four: the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director for Redford, Adapted Screenplay for Sargent, and Supporting Actor for Hutton. In addition, it won five Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director (Redford), Best Actress in a Drama (Tyler Moore), Best Supporting Actor (Hutton), and Best Screenplay (Sargent).

Suspense (U.S. TV series)

Suspense is an American television anthology series that ran on CBS Television from 1949 to 1954. It was adapted from the radio program of the same name which ran from 1942 to 1962.

The Respectful Prostitute

The Respectful Prostitute (French: La Putain respectueuse) is a French play by Jean-Paul Sartre, written in 1946, which observes a woman, a prostitute, caught up in a racially tense period of American history. The audience understands that there has been an incident on a train with said woman involved, but also a black man on whom the blame is laid by the prejudiced law enforcers. What comes to the viewer's realisation is that a white man instigated an attack, but it is in the interests of the law to preserve the perception of the white person at the expense of the black "devil".

The tale takes a brief look at the loss of freedom inside a cruel world, a subject that dominates Sartre's literary career. The play premiered in November 1946 at the Théâtre Antoine-Simone Berriau in Paris. When the play was produced in the United States, Sartre was accused of anti-Americanism.Sartre's play is believed to have been based on the infamous Scottsboro case, in which two white prostitutes accused nine black teenagers of rape on a train traveling through Alabama in 1931.The play was adapted in the film La Putain respectueuse (1952).

The Survivors (1983 film)

The Survivors is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Robin Williams, with supporting roles by Jerry Reed, Kristen Vigard, and James Wainwright. Actor John Goodman also has a minor role.

The Web (TV series)

The Web is an American dramatic anthology series that aired live on CBS for four seasons from July 11, 1950 to September 26, 1954. The series was also revived briefly by NBC in the summer during 1957. The program was produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman.

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