Mary Ure (1933 – 1975)

Mary Ure: British actress born Eileen Mary Ure 18 February 1933, Glasgow UK; died: 3 April 1975, age 42, London UK; overdose of alcohol and barbiturates.

Ure began her acting career on stage in London in the early 1950, appearing in UK films and TV from 1955, and Hollywood movies in the 1960s, including an Academy Award-nominated performance in Sons and Lovers (1960).

Worsening alcoholicism in the 1970s led to her being fired from a Broadway play in 1974 the day before opening, giving her understudy, Glenn Close, her big break. Her husband, the British actor Robert Shaw, found her dead in their London flat after the the opening night of a new play. The coroner ruled the death accidental. Three years later her husband died from alcoholism at age 51.

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