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Date of Birth 8 November 1879Dwight, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 29 April 1981Glendale, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Mabel Trunnelle was born in Dwight, Illinois on November 8, 1879. A stage actress from the East Coast, Mabel was 32 when she appeared on the silver screen. In 1911 she was in A MODERN CINDERELLA, IN THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY, and THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, the latter being the most notable. Her last film was in 1923's THE LOVE TRAP. At 44 she went back to the stage. On April 29, 1981, Mabel died in Glendale, California at the age of 101.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (1)

Herbert Prior (? - 3 October 1954) (his death)

Trivia (3)

Had considerable stage experience by the time she moved into films in 1907 at age 28. Met and married husband Prior while performing in stock and before entering films.
Her English-born husband, distinguished-looking Herbert Prior was also a pioneering film actor. The couple appeared together in several Edison films and, after seven years there, were released by the studio in 1917. After that she lost interest in her career and retired while he went on to do supports and walk-ons well into the sound era.
One of Hollywood's first movie stars, she was closed identified with the lesser Edison Studios and was promoted as early as 1910. The tall, slender, dark-haired, pleasant-looking actress with expressive eyes became popular in both comedy and drama although was sadly underused in quality material. She was eventually eclipsed by Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish.

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