HOLLYWOOD -- Mildred Shay, a 1930s Hollywood actress whose social life brimmed with tales of thwarted casting-couch seductions and affairs with famous men, making her a frequent subject of the gossip columns, has died. She was 94.
Ms. Shay, who appeared in more than 30 films, died Oct. 15 while visiting her daughter in Glendale, Calif. The London resident had recently suffered a stroke.
At 5 feet 2 inches, Ms. Shay was nicknamed ''Hollywood's Pocket Venus" by columnist Walter Winchell.
She was said to have fought off the advances of actors Errol Flynn and Johnny Weissmuller. Filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille reportedly took her to his ranch and fed her oysters with pearls still attached. An affair with actor Victor Mature made headlines.
Every time she turned around ''there was someone propositioning me," she said. The names included studio boss Louis B. Mayer and producer Lewis J. Selznick.
At 19, she told her father, a lawyer for the studios, that she wanted to be in the movies. Within weeks, she had a screen test at MGM opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
She made her screen debut in ''The Age of Consent" (1932). Mostly small roles followed, including portraying a slave girl tied to a chariot in ''Roman Scandals" (1933). Ms. Shay dubbed the voice of Greta Garbo in ''Grand Hotel" (1932), which won an Oscar for best picture.
After a 25-year break, Ms. Shay revived her career in the 1970s by appearing on British television.