The memories are vague when it comes to recalling this London-bornleading lady, but Muriel Angelus did have her moments. She managed toappear in a few classic Broadway musical shows and Hollywood filmsbefore her early retirement in the mid-1940s. Of Scottish parentage,the former Muriel Findlay developed a sweet-voiced soprano at an earlyage. She made her singing debut at 12, eventually changing her name andbecoming a popular music hall performer.
She entered films toward theend of the silent era with The Ringer (1928), the first of three movieversions of the Edgar Wallace play. Her second film Sailor Don't Care(1928) was important only in that she met her first husband, Scots-bornactor John Stuart. Her part was excised from the film. Though in herfirst sound picture Night Birds (1930), she got to sing a number, mostof her films did not usurp her musical talents. The sweet-naturedactress who played both ingenues and 'other woman' roles co-starredwith husband Stuart in No Exit (1930), Eve's Fall (1930) and HindleWakes (1931), and appeared with British star Monty Banks in some of hisfarcical comedies, including My Wife's Family (1932) and So You Won'tTalk (1935).
Muriel received a career lift with the glossy musicalLondon hit "Balalaika" and a chain of events happened with its success. It led to her securing the pivotal role of Adriana in "The Boys FromSyracuse" and, in turn, a contract with Paramount Pictures. Divorcedfrom Stuart by this time, Muriel settled in Hollywood and made her bestfilms while there. She was touching as girlfriend to blind painter'Ronald Colman (I)' in The Light That Failed (1939) , asecond remake of the Rudyard Kipling novel, and appeared to greatadvantage in Preston Sturges' classic satire The Great McGinty (1940) as Brian Donlevy 's secretary. Afterscoring another long-running Broadway hit with "Early To Bed" in 1943,Muriel met Radio City Music Hall orchestra conductor Paul Lavalle whileappearing on radio in New York and married him in 1946.
She retired toraise a family in New England. They had a daughter, Suzanne, who laterworked for NBC. Muriel pretty much stayed out of the limelight for theremainder of her life. She died at 95 in a Virginia nursing home in2004, some seven years after her husband's death. .
|1||Lets Love and Laugh||1931||as The Bride Who Was|
|2||Blind Spot||1932||as Marilyn Janney|
|3||Detective Lloyd||1932||as Sybil Craig|
|4||Dont Be a Dummy||1932||as Lady Diana Summers|
|5||Eves Fall||1930||as Eve Warren|
|6||Hindle Wakes||1931||as Beatrice Farrar|
|7||Mascottchen||1929||as Annie, Draftswoman|
|8||Night Birds||1930||as Dolly Mooreland|
|9||No Exit||1930||as Ann Ansell|
|10||Red Aces||1930||as Ena Burslem|
|11||Safari||1940||as Fay Thorne|
|12||Sailors Dont Care||1928||as Bit part|
|13||So You Wont Talk||1935||as Katrina|
|14||The Great McGinty||1940||as Catherine McGinty|
|15||The Infamous Lady||1928||as The Girl|
|16||The Light That Failed||1939||as Maisie|
|17||The Ringer||1928||as Mary Lenley|
|18||The Way of All Flesh||1940||as Mary Brown|
|19||The Wifes Family||1931||as Peggy Gay|