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Mary Foy, One of ’Seven Little Foys,” Dies in Los Angeles

December 16, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mary Foy, one of the ″Seven Little Foys″ whose family vaudeville act was relived in a Bob Hope film, has died, relatives said today.

She died Sunday at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center following complications of surgery she had this summer, said her niece, Madeline Foy O’Donnell.

″She didn’t like to tell her age, but she was in her early 80s,″ said her sister, also Madeline Foy O’Donnell.

The elder Madeline and her brother Irving, who is retired and lives in Albuquerque, N.M., are the only surviving siblings of the famous seven. The group also included Bryan, Charlie, Richard and Eddie Jr.

Mary Foy was the widow of film actor Lyle Latell, who died nearly 20 years ago, her niece said.

During the early 1900s, Mary toured with the family in the ″Seven Little Foys″ act, headed by the children’s famous father, Eddie Foy.

The act continued tours after dwindling to four members - Mary, Eddie Jr., Madeline and Irving. When Eddie Jr. debuted on Broadway in 1929, the three siblings continued performing together.

The story of the family’s vaudeville act was retold in the 1955 film ″The Seven Little Foys,″ starring Bob Hope and Milly Vitale, with James Cagney reprising his ″Yankee Doodle Dandy″ role as showman George M. Cohan.

During the 1940s and ’50s, Mary helped her brother Charlie run the ″Charlie Foy Supper Club″ in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. The club drew such actors as Jackie Gleason and Phil Silvers, who made early appearances there, her niece said.

″She was a very happy person with a sense of humor,″ her sister said.

In addition to her brother and sister, Mary Foy is survived by seven nieces and nephews, and seven grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services are planned for Sunday at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Encino, with burial at a family plot in New Rochelle, N.Y., planned later.

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