theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…
Mabel May Yong (1883-1945) was an Australian born actress and dancer. She appeared in German films. The IMDB reports that she had 21 film appearances between 1920 and 1925. In some of the early films she was billed as Mabel May. She portrayed the exotic, sexy, scantily clad Mata Hari or Salome type. She is often considered the German equivalent of Theda Bara. She had the lead in a…
N.B. I asked The Cabinet Card Gallery whether they had intended to write ‘Austrian’ rather than ‘Australian’ and this was his response:
“Thanks for asking me about Mabel May-Yong’s birthplace. I found a source that reported that she was born in Australia and I had the same thought that you had. Isn’t it more likely the writer meant to say Austria? Then I looked at her name and posited that Mabel May could in fact be an Australian name. After receiving your question I did further research and found a source that stated she was born in Magdeburg, Germany. Information about this provocative and interesting actress has been difficult to find but I will continue to pursue my research.”
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