Born Juliet Rielly, one of her early roles was as the abandoned child in the 1909 stage production of ‘A Fool There Was,’ the story that a few years later was adapted as a movie and launched Theda Bara to stardom. By 1911 she was Broadway’s most prolific child actress. It was around 1912 that she attracted unwanted attention from the Gerry Society, which policed child performers under the age of 16. Mary hand-wrote her last will and testament on August 9, 1983. In this will she stated her wishes to be cremated, with her ashes to be scattered alongside Santa Monica Pier, near her home.