Mary Murphy, 80, a film and television actress best remembered for playing the wholesome small-town girl opposite Marlon Brando's rebellious motorcycle gang leader in
The Wild One,
died of heart disease May 4 at her home in Beverly Hills.
In The Wild One, the 1953 film about two rival biker gangs that menace the citizens of a tiny California town, Ms. Murphy played Kathie, the daughter of the ineffectual local cop, who captures the attention of Brando's tough guy, Johnny.
Ms. 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 Paramount Pictures talent scout Milton Lewis and signed to a contract.
Two years of uncredited bit parts and small roles preceded Ms. Murphy's first starring role, in the 1953 movie Main Street to Broadway.