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Here’s another photo from the October 6 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star. This photo is of actress and playwright Mary Hay.

Mary Hay (1901-1957) was a stage actress who appeared in a number of Broadway productions in the 1920s. In 1931, she co-wrote and starred in Greater Love, which unfortunately was not successful: it closed in March of that year after only eight performances. This was her last Broadway performance.

After she and Richard Barthelmess divorced, Ms. Hay married Vivian Bath, a British rubber merchant who lived in Singapore. If, as this photograph claims, she was going home to stay with her mother, it seems to indicate that her second marriage was already not going well; at any rate, the couple divorced in 1934.

After marrying and divorcing again, Ms. Hay developed heart trouble in the 1950s, and passed away in 1957 at the comparatively young age of 55.

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