Audrey Marie Munson

Audrey Marie Munson

Birth
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 20 Feb 1996 (aged 104)
Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Burial New Haven, Oswego County, New York, USA
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Memorial ID 15080347 · View Source
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Model, Actress. In her heyday she was called "The American Venus." Born in Rochester, New York, Munson became the model of choice for sculptors and painters in New York City during the 1910s. She is also credited as the first leading lady to do nude scenes in American feature films, including "Inspiration" (1915) and "Purity" (1916). Munson worked with such noted sculptors as Daniel Chester French, Alexander Stirling Calder, and Karl Bitter, and her likeness can be seen at government buildings and in museums throughout the United States. Among the known sculptures she posed for are the figure atop the Capitol dome in Madison, Wisconsin, "Pomona, or Abundance" at the Pulitzer-Plaza Hotel Fountain, "Melvin Brothers Memorial" at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Massachussets, "Brooklyn and Manhattan" at the Brooklyn Museum, "Maidenhood" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Duty and Sacrifice - Firemen's Memorial" and "South Carolina Women's Monument" in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1931 Munson was confined to the Ogdensburg Psychiatric Institution due to mental health issues. She spent the rest of her long life there, dying at the age of 104.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 29 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15080347
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Audrey Marie Munson (8 Jun 1891–20 Feb 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15080347, citing New Haven Cemetery, New Haven, Oswego County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .