Mary Ure

About Mary Ure

Who is it?: Actress
Birth Day: February 18, 1933
Birth Place:  Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Barbiturate overdose
Resting place: London Road Cemetery
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1955–1974
Spouse(s): John Osborne (m. 1957; div. 1963) Robert Shaw (m. 1963; d. 1975)
Children: 4; including Ian Shaw
Parent(s): Colin McGregor Ure Edith Swinburne

Mary Ure

Mary Ure was born on February 18, 1933 in  Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, is Actress. An enchantingly beautiful, luminous blonde, Mary Ure was born in Glasgow in 1933. Her first film was Zoltan Korda's Storm Over the Nile (1955), a misfiring remake of The Four Feathers (1939). Next was Windom's Way (1957) - a tale of rubber plantation strikes and marital strife, but more significant events had been occurring off-screen. In 1956, she starred as "Alison" in John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" at the Royal Court theatre in London. She began an affair with the married Osborne and, after his divorce, they tied the knot in 1957. By 1958, however, the marriage was falling apart. Osborne could be cold and detached and he did not hold his wife in particularly high esteem, as he wrote in the second volume of his memoirs, "Almost a Gentleman".She began an affair with Robert Shaw around 1959 though she wasn't divorced from Osborne until 1962 and was complicit in the charade that the father of her first child, Colin born 31 August 1961, was Osborne's. In the meantime, she transferred her fragile, captivating portrayal of "Alison Porter" from stage to screen in the 1959 film adaptation of Look Back in Anger (1959), which also starred Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. Her beautiful performance of "Clara Dawes" in 1960's Sons and Lovers (1960) won her an Oscar nomination. In this time, she also performed a season at Stratford and, while pregnant, "The Changeling" at the Royal Court with Shaw. At the time she was pregnant, Jennifer Bourke, Shaw's first wife, was also pregnant by him (at his death in 1978 he left 9 children).In 1963, she married Shaw and, after an absence of three years, returned to cinema screens with a good performance in The Mind Benders (1963) with Dirk Bogarde, a thought-provoking sci-fi drama. Then it was The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964) and the flawed Custer of the West (1967), both with Shaw. Neither of these productions made a significant impact, though Ure performed admirably. In 1968, she made her one and only bona-fide big-budget blockbuster, Where Eagles Dare (1968) with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. It was a huge success but it would be five years before Ure's next, and last, film appearance.In the meantime, she had continued to act on stage. His first wife, Jennifer Bourke, had given up her career as an actress to be a wife and mother. Ure didn't give up her career but the demands of motherhood, she bore Shaw 3 more children, and her growing dependence on alcohol meant it lapsed. Her final film was, A Reflection of Fear (1972) with Shaw, an interesting horror psychodrama but Ure was third-billed and looked dissipated. After this, she returned to the stage. She died of an accidental overdose on April 3rd, 1975, taking too many sleeping pills on top of alcohol after a very late night, following an opening night on the London stage. She was a wonderful actress whose luster lingers in the mind long after the film has ended. Sadly, her own life ended aged at just 42.
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As per our current Database, Mary Ure has been died on 3 April 1975(1975-04-03) (aged 42)\nLondon, England.

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When Mary Ure die, Mary Ure was 42 years old.

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Occupation Actress
Age 42 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 18, 1933 ( Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom)
Birthday February 18
Town/City  Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

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Born in Glasgow, Ure was the daughter of civil Engineer Colin McGregor Ure and Edith Swinburne. She went to the independent Mount School in York, where in 1951 she played the role of the Virgin Mary in the York Cycle of Mystery Plays, revived for the Festival of Britain. She trained for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based at the Royal Albert Hall, London, where her classmates included the Actress Wendy Craig. In her final year, 1954, she won the Carlton Hobbs Bursary to join the Radio Drama Company, but declined it. Known for her beauty, Ure began performing on the London stage and quickly developed a reputation for her abilities as a dramatic Actress.


Ure was known principally as a stage Actress. She made her London debut as Amanda in "Time Remembered" (1954). She played a leading role as Alison Porter in John Osborne's new play Look Back in Anger (1956). In 1958, she was in the Broadway production of Look Back in Anger and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Dramatic Actress. In this period, she also performed a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and, while pregnant, performed in the 1960 London production of The Changeling at the Royal Court.


In 1956, Ure began an affair with married Playwright John Osborne while working on the initial production of his play Look Back in Anger. The couple married in 1957, had son Colin in 1961, and divorced in 1963. Osborne had continued having affairs during the marriage, and Ure started an affair with her co-star Robert Shaw in 1959, while the two were performing in the London stage production of The Changeling. It is believed that Shaw was Colin's natural father. Ure and Shaw married in 1963, with Shaw immediately adopting Colin. Ure and Shaw had three more children together, Elizabeth, actor Ian Shaw, and Hannah. Ure and Shaw were still married when she committed suicide in 1975.


Ure first appeared on screen when she transferred her fragile, captivating portrayal of "Alison Porter" from stage to screen in the 1959 film adaptation of Look Back in Anger. In 1960 she appeared in the film Sons and Lovers as Clara Dawes, earning nominations for both the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


In 1963, after an absence of three years, she returned to film with a performance in the sci-fi drama The Mind Benders. She followed with roles in The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964) and Custer of the West (1967), both with then-husband Robert Shaw. After 1968's Where Eagles Dare it would be five years before Ure's next and last film appearance, in 1973's A Reflection of Fear co-starring her husband.


Ure continued to perform on stage while performing in films over the next 13 years, but her growing alcoholism affected her stage career to the point that she was fired from the 1974 pre-Broadway production of Love for Love and was replaced by her understudy, Glenn Close.


Ure suffered from alcoholism coupled with a continued deterioration of her mental health through the early 1970s. On 2 April 1975 she appeared on the London stage with Honor Blackman and Brian Blessed in an adaptation of the teleplay The Exorcism, and after a disastrous opening night was found dead aged 42, from an overdose of alcohol and barbiturates. Her body was discovered by her husband Robert Shaw in their London home.

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