Wholesome Girl From The Wild One Dies Actress Mary Murphy has died of heart disease at age 80 By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted May 16, 2011 11:22 AM CDT 0 comments Comments Actress Mary Murphy, left, was best known for playing the wholesome small-town girl opposite Marlon Brando, right, in "The Wild One." ("The Wild One," 1953 Columbia Pictures) (Newser) – Actress Mary Murphy has died of heart disease at 80; passed away May 4 at her Beverly Hills home. Murphy was discovered in a coffee shop and landed her best-known role as the small-town, wholesome girl opposite Marlon Brando in The Wild One, in which she played an innocent girl in a town terrorized by a biker gang led by Brando. 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 a Paramount Pictures talent scout. Murphy had several roles in 1950s films, including The Desperate Hours, Beachhead, A Man Alone, Sitting Bull, and The Mad Magician.