Mamo Clark

Mamo Clark (December 6, 1914 – December 18, 1986), sometimes billed as Mamo, was a Hawaiian-born American actress and author.

Mamo Clark
from the trailer for the film
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
Born(1914-12-06)December 6, 1914
DiedDecember 18, 1986(1986-12-18) (aged 72)
Other namesMamo
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles 1965[1]
Years active19351940
Spouse(s)James M. Rawley
ChildrenJames Rawley Jr


Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 6, 1914, Mamo Clark sailed to the mainland United States on the SS Malolo on July 1, 1933 with her stepmother, May Kaaolani Clark, and father, Joseph Kealakaimana Clark. Her stepmother was the daughter of John Adams Cummins. Her biological mother was Evelina Mahoe. Both her mother and stepmother were descendants of 15th-century Hawaiian chief Liloa and distant relatives of Kamehameha I.[2]

She made her film debut in a featured role in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) as Miamiti, Fletcher Christian's (Clark Gable) wife in the film. The following year she appeared in the serial Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island as a Polynesian princess. In 1937, she appeared with Mutiny on the Bounty co-star Movita in The Hurricane. Clark played roles in several 'B-pictures with Pacific Island settings, for instance Hawaii Calls (1938).

One Million B.C. (1940) provided her with a substantial role as the "Queen of the Rock Tribe" appearing with Lon Chaney Jr. The same year she appeared in the film The Girl From God's Country. She retired from films after a minor role in the Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne film Seven Sinners (1940). She married U.S. Army Captain James Rawley and had a son, James Rawley Jr. After marriage, she retired from show business and went back to school. earning a degree from UCLA in 1965.[3]

Clark died of cancer in 1986.


Year Title Role Notes
1935Mutiny on the BountyMaimiti
1936Robinson Crusoe of Clipper IslandPrincess Melani
1937The HurricaneHitia
1937Wallaby Jim of the IslandsLana
1938Hawaii CallsHina
1938Air DevilsLolano
1938BoolooNative Girl
1939Mutiny on the BlackhawkMamo
1940One Million B.C.Nupondi
1940Girl from God's CountryMrs. Bearfat Tillicoot
1940Seven SinnersNative Girl at Antro's TableUncredited, (final film role)


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