Mayo Jane Methot (March 3, 1904 – June 9, 1951) was an American film and stage actress. She appeared in over 30 films, as well as in various Broadway productions, though she attracted significant media attention for her tempestuous marriage to actor Humphrey Bogart. The daughter of a marine captain, Methot was born in Chicago but raised in Portland, Oregon, where she was active in theater beginning at age five, appearing in stage productions of Sapho (1909) opposite Florence Roberts, and The Awakening of Helena Richie (1912). A prolific child actress, Methot gained local fame, and earned the nickname "The Portland Rosebud". She went on to become a regular player with the Portland-based Baker Stock Company, and starred in their numerous theatrical productions throughout the late 1910s and early 1920s. In 1922, she relocated to New York City to pursue a stage career on Broadway. She appeared in numerous Broadway musicals and plays beginning in 1923, including the Vincent Youmans musical Great Day (1929), in which she introduced the standard "More Than You Know". After starring in over ten Broadway shows, Methot relocated to Los Angeles in 1930 to embark on a film career. She signed a film contract with Warner Bros. and appeared in various supporting roles for the studio, often portraying hard-edged women. Her film credits include the mystery film The Night Club Lady (1932), the comedy Jimmy the Gent (1934), and the crime drama Marked Woman (1937). Methot met Humphrey Bogart on the set of Marked Woman, and the two became romantically involved. After marrying in 1938, the couple carried on a tempestuous marriage marked by violent fights which were frequently documented by the press. Throughout her marriage to Bogart, Methot struggled with severe alcoholism, and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following a suicide attempt in 1943. She divorced Bogart in 1945 after numerous repeated reconciliations. Unable to gain traction in her film career, she returned to her native Portland, and her alcoholism and depression worsened. She died of complications stemming from alcoholism in 1951, aged 47.
Movies & TV shows
Should a Girl Marry?
A young woman and her doctor husband are victims of a blackmail scheme when it is discovered that she was born in prison.
Jimmy Hanley learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy, so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko. Theatre manager Allen Rand threaten...
A Woman is the Judge
The title tells all in Columbia's A Woman is the Judge. Frieda Inescourt stars as lady jurist Mary Cabot, who 20 years earlier had lost contact with her infant daughter Justine. Now a grown woman (pla...
Three daughters of a small down pharmacist undergo trials and tribulations in their problematic marriages between 1904 and 1908.
After her brother is wrongfully arrested for the theft of some bonds, a nurse sets out to clear his name by setting a trap for the real thieves.
Women in Prison
The superintendent of a women's prison is pressured to pardon a member of a criminal gang. When she refuses, her daughter is framed on a manslaughter charge and sent to prison.
Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied,...
The Case Against Mrs. Ames
An attorney falls for the woman he's representing on a murder charge.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for ever...
The Case of the Curious Bride
After giving the District Attorney another stinging defeat, Perry plans to take a vacation in China. That is, he was, until Rhoda, his old flame, meets him at a restaurant. It seems that her husband M...
Dr. Socrates gave up his brilliant career as surgeon in a prominent hospital because his betrothed died under his knife. He is now a struggling doctor in a small town that has a gangster's hideout.
Mills of the Gods
Fay Wray plays Jean Hastings, the wealthy and spoiled scion of a factory-owning family led by her irrepressible grandmother. Sparks fly when Jean meets Jim Devlin, the labor leader who’s spearheading ...
In this sudsy hospital melodrama, a married nurse finds herself falling in love with one of two surgeons when her husband goes mad and needs an operation. One of the surgeon's regards his pursuit a la...
A spinster dressmaker falls for a ne'er-do-well.
Jimmy the Gent
An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.
One woman faces many trials on the road to romance after unwittingly marrying a bigamist, then a carnival's barker and then falling for a young engineer.
The Mind Reader
Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, r...
A sexy golddigger lands who she believes is a wealthy big-game hunter from a royal family. She doesn't know that he isn't wealthy, isn't a big-game hunter or from a royal family, but he is a butler. A...
Counsellor at Law
Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful.
Corrupt politicians resort to murder and blackmail when a young boy accidentally witnesses them taking payoffs.
A New York policeman helps a hungry and penniless young woman start life anew by arranging to get her a job in "The Follies".
Mae was given a second chance after she was arrested for prostitution. Mae is befriended by a cab driver named Jimmy who takes her to work at a diner where she meets another ex-prostrate named Gert. M...
The Night Club Lady
A police commissioner investigates the murder of a nightclub owner who was under police protection.
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