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Mary Philbin (1902–1993)

Mary Philbin's life should be a lesson to domineering parents. Mary was born on July 16, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois, to John Philbin and his first wife and namesake, Mary. The child was regarded as a little beauty from an early age and her mother was exceedingly proud of her and loved to show her off. Howevr, unlike her gregarious mother (who many... See full bio »

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 1929 The Shannons of Broadway
Tessie Swanzey
 1929 Port of Dreams
 1927 The Last Performance
 1925 Stella Maris
Stella Maris / Unity Blake
 1924 The Rose of Paris
 1924 The Gaiety Girl
Irene Tudor
 1924 Fools' Highway
Mamie Rose
 1923 The Thrill Chaser
Cameo appearance
 1923 The Temple of Venus
 1923 Where Is This West?
Sallie Summers
 1923 The Age of Desire
Margy (age 18)
 1922 Once to Every Boy (Short)
Jimmy's Sweetheart
 1922 His First Job (Short)
Jimmy's Sweetheart
 1922 Human Hearts
 1922 The Trouper
Mary Lee
 1922 Foolish Wives
Crippled Girl (uncredited)
 1921 False Kisses
 1921 Sure Fire
 1921 Red Courage
Eliza Fay
 1921 No Clothes to Guide Him (Short)
 1921 Twelve Hours to Live (Short)
 1921 Danger Ahead
Tressie Harloow
 1921 The Blazing Trail
Talithy Millicuddy
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Although she never married, due to the fact she lost the love of her life Paul Kohner, she did admit in her later years to having crushes on some of her colleagues, namely Norman Kerry and Rudolph Valentino. She also admitted that she adored Lon Chaney (her co-star in The Phantom of the Opera (1925)) and Erich von Stroheim. See more »


Her role in the 1924/5/9/30 silent film version of "The Phantom of the Opera" starring Lon Chaney


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