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Esther Alene Muir

Birthplace: Andes, Delaware County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Mount Kisco, Westchester County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Curtis Muir and Estella Muir
Ex-wife of Sam Coslow and Busby Berkeley
Mother of Jacqueline Coslow Eliopoulos
Sister of Jennie Mae Farrell; Hannah Maretta Peck; Anna Marjorie Muir; Nellie Jane Muir; Celia Wright and 4 others

Managed by: Jacqueline Coslow Eliopoulos
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About Esther Muir

Esther Muir (March 11, 1903 – August 1, 1995) was a character actress on Broadway and in Hollywood films.

Theatrical Reviews

Muir was born in Andes, New York and began modeling in New York City while still a high school student. She soon won a role in a show called Greenwich Village Follies. She participated in the Earl Carroll Vanities and in the International Review. The latter show starred Gertrude Lawrence. Her major break as a theatrical performer came when she landed the title role in My Girl Friday!, in 1929. While in London, England performing in a musical Esther became a favorite dancing partner of Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales. She befriended Wallis Warfield.

Movie Actress

She was introduced by columnist Walter Winchell to Hollywood director and choreographer Busby Berkeley, whom she married. They were divorced in 1931. In 1936 Muir toured with the Marx Brothers in a stage production of A Day at the Races (1937). The brothers searched for material for the film version while they traveled.

Muir described the Marx Brothers as diligent comic actors who sometimes worked days and weeks on a scene to perfect it. Her other screen credits include parts in I'll Take Romance (1937), City Girl (1938), and The Girl and the Gambler (1939). She continued in motion pictures until 1942. Her final role is Bonnie in X Marks The Spot. Her first motion picture appearance was in A Dangerous Affair in 1931.

Personal life

In the 1950s the former actress became a real estate developer in southern California. She supervised the construction of more than 400 tract homes. Muir married composer/producer Sam Coslow in Mexicali, Mexico on November 1, 1934. The couple repeated their wedding vows a year later in Ventura, California. The marriage ended in divorce in 1948. Her daughter, Jacqueline Coslow, became an actress and married actor Ted Sorel.

Esther Muir died in 1995 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, aged 92. She had lived in Somers, New York.

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Esther Muir's Timeline

March 11, 1903
Andes, Delaware County, New York, United States
August 31, 1995
Age 92
Mount Kisco, Westchester County, New York, United States