Munson, Audrey Biography

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Audrey Marie Munson
8 June 1891, Mexico, New York, USA
20 February 1996, Ogdensburg, New York, USA

-   She is considered as the first nude star, in that her roles in _Inspiration (1915)_ (qv) and _Purity (1916)_ (qv) both had her performing nude scenes as a leading lady. She was also nude in _The Girl o' Dreams (1918)_ (qv) and _Heedless Moths (1921)_ (qv).

-   She was a top artist's model in the early 1900s.

-   She is a distant relative of actor, 'James Martin Kelly' (qv).

-   A model in the early 20th century, she was the first person to appear nude in a feature film, _Inspiration (1915)_ (qv). She had a promising career as a model and budding film actress when she was in her early 20s, but her career was destroyed by a murder scandal of which she was involuntarily a part but in which she shared no guilt. Abandoned and forgotten by her family, she spent the last 60 of her 105 years in a mental institution.

-   She was committed to the Ogdensburg Psychiatric Institution for depression and schizophrenia - generally treatable mental disorders, today. She was abandoned and forgotten there for decades until a niece discovered her there.

-   In 2009, playwright and actress Elaine Kuracina wrote and starred in a play about Munson's life at the State University of New York at Potsdam, about thirty miles from Ogdensburg.

-   Diane Rozas, Anita Bourne Gottehrer. _American Venus: The Extraordinary Life of Audrey Munson, Model and Muse._ Balcony Press, 1999. ISBN 1890449040

-   _Heedless Moths (1921)_ (qv)

-   _Heedless Moths (1921)_ (qv)

-   _Heedless Moths (1921)_ (qv) -> $27,000

-   "New York Daily News" (USA), 24 March 2000, by: Mila Andre, "Tribute To A Truly Statuesque Beauty"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 22 October 1921, pg. 892, "Court Frees Audrey Munson and Manager in St. Louis"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 15 October 1921, pg. 748, "udrey Munson and Her Manager Arrested"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 17 May 1919, pg. 1035, "Audrey Munson in Canada; Can't Get U.S. Passport"

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