Wholesome girl opposite Brando in 'Wild One' dies

May 16, 2011 - 9:28 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress Mary Murphy has died at 80. She was discovered in a coffee shop and landed a role as the small-town wholesome girl opposite Marlon Brando in "The Wild One."

Daughter Stephanie Specht tells the Los Angeles Times that Murphy died May 4 of heart disease at her Beverly Hills home.

Murphy had several roles in 1950s films, including "The Desperate Hours," ''Beachhead," ''A Man Alone," ''Sitting Bull" and "The Mad Magician."

But she's best-known as the innocent in a town terrorized by a biker gang led by Brando.

Murphy was a package wrapper at Saks Fifth Avenue on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills when she was discovered in a nearby coffee shop by a Paramount Pictures talent scout.