1870s Western Ladies.

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1. Blanche Bates

Actress | The Border Legion

Blanche Bates was born on August 25, 1873 in Portland, Oregon, USA. She was an actress, known for The Border Legion (1918) and Tom's Little Star (1919). She was married to George Creel and Lieutenant Milton F. Davis. She died on December 25, 1941 in San Francisco, California, USA.

1873 - 1941, 68.

Joan Randall, The Border Legion (1918). 1918.

2. Nance O'Neil

Actress | Kreutzer Sonata

Nance O'Neil was born on October 8, 1874 in Oakland, California, USA as Gertrude Lamson. She was an actress, known for Kreutzer Sonata (1915), Hedda Gabler (1917) and Cimarron (1931). She was married to Alfred Hickman. She died on February 7, 1965 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

1874 - 1965, 90.

Felice Venable, Cimarron (1931).

Secret Service (1931). 1931.

3. Vera Lewis

Actress | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Vera Lewis was born on June 10, 1873 in New York City, New York, USA as Vera Mackey. She was an actress, known for Betty in Search of a Thrill (1915), The Iron Mask (1929) and Four Daughters (1938). She was married to Ralph Lewis. She died on February 8, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

1873 - 1956, 82.

7 westerns, 19-45.

Dodge City (1939). 1939.

4. Anne Schaefer

Actress | Saturday's Children

Anne Schaefer was born on July 10, 1870 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Saturday's Children (1929), The Little Princess (1917) and The Price of a Good Time (1917). She was married to F. Medek. She died on May 3, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1870 - 1957, 86.

14 westerns, 12-27.

Sheriff Jim's Last Shot (1912). 1912.

5. Evelyn Selbie

Actress | The Silver Treasure

Evelyn Selbie was born on July 6, 1871 in Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for The Silver Treasure (1926), Dangerous Paradise (1930) and The Prisoner's Story (1912). She died on December 7, 1950 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1871 - 1950, 79.

102 westerns, 11-49.

/The Edge of Things (1913). 1913.

6. Mary Foy

Actress | The White Rose

Mary Foy was born on August 9, 1872 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Lena Mary Hank. She was an actress, known for The White Rose (1923), The Headless Horseman (1922) and Sally in Our Alley (1916). She was married to Patrick Foy. She died in 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1872 - 1939, 66.

3 westerns, 12-37.

Algie, the Miner (1912). 1912.

7. Alice Guy

Director | Shadows of the Moulin Rouge

Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the ...

1873 - 1968, 94. France. USA.

Algie, the Miner (1912). 1912. Directing supervisor, producer.

8. Louise Emmons

Actress | The Last Egyptian

Louise Emmons was born in 1858 in Yuba County, California, USA as Louie A. Adkison. She was an actress, known for The Last Egyptian (1914), Mush and Milk (1933) and White Eagle (1922). She was married to Roswell Emmons. She died on March 6, 1935 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

1872 - 1935, 63.

5 westerns, 16-27.

Mother La Monte, Pioneer's Gold (1924). 1924.

9. Kate Price

Actress | Quality Street

Kate Price was born on February 13, 1872 in Cork, Ireland as Katherine Duffy. She was an actress and writer, known for Quality Street (1927), Arizona (1918) and Orchids and Ermine (1927). She was married to Joseph Price Ludwig (performer). She died on January 4, 1943 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles,...

1872 - 1943, 70. Ireland. US.

9 westerns, 17-30.

Shadow Ranch (1930). 1930.

10. Mary Carr

Actress | Lights of New York

American character actress famed for roles as mothers. Born in a Philadelphia suburb as Mary Kennevan, she became a schoolteacher, but soon gave it up for work as an actress in touring companies. She married actor William Carr and toured extensively with his company. After the turn of the century, ...

1874 - 1973, 99.

15 westerns, 19-56.

Gun Law (1933). 1933.

11. Lillian Leighton

Actress | Castles for Two

Lillian Leighton was born on May 17, 1874 in Auroraville, Wisconsin, USA as Lillian Brown Leighton. She was an actress and writer, known for Castles for Two (1917), Parisian Love (1925) and Secret Service (1919). She died on March 19, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1874 - 1956, 81.

14 westerns, 11-33.

Tumbleweeds (1925). 1925

12. Soledad Jiménez

Actress | Kid Galahad

Soledad Jiménez was born on February 28, 1874 in Santander, Spain. She was an actress, known for Kid Galahad (1937), The Bold Caballero (1936) and The Cyclone Ranger (1935). She died on October 17, 1966 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1874 - 1966, 92.

30 westerns, 28-53.

Estrella, Bad Men of the Border (1945). 1945

13. Dorothy Vernon

Actress | The Fighting Guide

Titian haired, full figured, voluptuous Dorothy Vernon had a career that spanned from the early days of moving pictures through the boxed screen known as television.

Rather it was a comedy, a western, a musical or whatever was needed, Dorothy did it all. Her unforgettable glow and her almost ...

1875 - 1970, 94.

62 westerns, 25-57

An Oklahoma Cowboy (1929). 1929.

14. Maude Eburne

Actress | The Bat Whispers

Eburne started on the stage in Ontario and New York, later appearing on Broadway in 1914, playing a cockney maid. She played comic servants on stage until 1930 then moved to films in 1931. On screen, she played a variety of roles from maids to aristocrats to pipe-smoking harridans. Eburne retired ...

1875 - 1960, 84.

11 westerns, 32-51.

Dawn on the Great Divide (1942). 1942

15. Jane Wolfe

Actress | Castles for Two

A Pennsylvania Dutch girl who moved to New York in the late 19th century to pursue a theatrical career, she became one of early silent pictures' better known character actresses. Between 1910 and 1920 she appeared in over 90 films, but then her acting career all but ended, and she devoted the rest ...

1875 - 1958, 83.

14 westerns, 11-37.

The Heart of an Indian Mother (1911). 1911.

16. Clara Blandick

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Clara Blandick was a character actress who was born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. Although she appeared in 118 films, she was primarily a stage actress. Clara actually began her film career at a ...

1876 - 1962, 85. Hong Kong, California.

5 westerns, 30-45.

Mrs. Borst, Drums Along the Mohawk (1939). 1939.

17. Claire McDowell

Actress | The Big Parade

Claire McDowell was born on November 2, 1877 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Big Parade (1925), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and The Mark of Zorro (1920). She was married to Charles Hill Mailes. She died on October 23, 1966 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1877 - 1966, 88.

23 westerns, 11-43.

The Empty Gun (1917). 1917.

18. Julia Swayne Gordon

Actress | My Lady's Slipper

Julia Swayne Gordon was born on October 29, 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Sarah Victoria Swayne. She was an actress, known for My Lady's Slipper (1916), The Painted World (1914) and The Painted World (1919). She died on May 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1878 - 1933, 54.

4 westerns, 11-32.

Billy's Mother, Billy the Kid (1911). 1911.

19. Nora Cecil

Actress | Street Scene

Nora Cecil was born on September 26, 1878 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Street Scene (1931), Midnight Faces (1926) and His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925). She died on May 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1878 - 1951, 72.

Ma Cowan, Born to Battle (1927). 1927.

13 westerns, 24-37.

20. Julia Mackley

Actress | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Julia Mackley was born on October 30, 1878 in Virginia, USA as Elhilda Loretta Mackley. She was an actress, known for Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), Daughter Angele (1918) and A Mother's Justice (1915). She was married to Arthur Mackley. She died on July 2, 1964 in Long ...

1878 - 1964, 85.

34 westerns, 11-14.

The Shotgun Ranchman (1912). 1912.

21. Ethel Griffies

Actress | The Birds

The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. She was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in "Havoc" (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at ...

1878 - 1975, 97.

Clarissa Van Steed, Saratoga Trunk (1945). 1945.

Mrs. Hanky, Billy the Kid (1941). 1941.

22. Kathlyn Williams

Actress | The Rosary

Pioneer silver screen star Kathlyn Williams is primarily known as the spry blonde of the very first Hollywood cliffhanger, The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913), in which her real first name was used in the title. This accomplishment has resulted in many reference works mistakenly referring to her as an...

1879 - 1960, 81.

14 westerns, 10-24.

The U.P. Trail (1920). 1920.

23. Martha Mattox

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

Martha Mattox was born on June 19, 1879 in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. She was an actress, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), Huckleberry Finn (1920) and Christine of the Big Tops (1926). She died on May 2, 1933 in Sidney, New York, USA.

1879 - 1933, 53.

16 westerns, 15-32.

Rosalind at Redgate (1919). 1919.

24. Jane Darwell

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Missouri-born Jane Darwell was born Patti Woodard, the daughter of William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen (Booth) Woodard, in Palmyra, Missouri, where she grew up on a ranch . She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her ...

1879 - 1967, 87.

33 westerns, 13-61.

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). 1943.

25. Mabel Trunnelle

Actress | Dolly Varden

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...

1879 - 1981, 101.

6 westerns, 11-15.

Rosita McMullen, The Mexican's Gratitude (1914). 1914.

26. Ethel Wales

Actress | The Monster

Ethel Wales was born on April 4, 1878 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Monster (1925), Klondike (1932) and Tom Sawyer (1930). She was married to John W. Stockton and Wellington Wales. She died on February 15, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1878 - 1952, 73.

24 westerns, 23-50.

Bar 20 Rides Again (1935). 1935.

27. Emma Tansey

Actress | A Ten-Minute Egg

Emma Tansey was born on September 12, 1870 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Emma Purcell. She was an actress, known for A Ten-Minute Egg (1924), The Lone Horseman (1929) and Beyond the Rio Grande (1930). She died on March 23, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1870 - 1942, 71.

14 westerns, 25-41.

Wrangler's Roost (1941). 1941.

28. Maibelle Heikes Justice

Writer | The Glory of Yolanda

Screenwriter for several early motion picture companies, including Selig, Metro, Lubin and Essenay.

1871 - 1926, 55.

4 westerns, 14-25.

The Sheep Runners (1914). 1914. Story.

29. Bertha Muzzy Sinclair

Writer | The Flying U Ranch

Most fans of popular--and prolific--western novelist B.M. Bower would probably be shocked to find out that the "B.M." stood for "Bertha Muzzie", for B.M. Bower was indeed a woman. Born in Cleveland, MN, in 1871, her family moved to Montana when she was a small child and she grew up there, where she...

1871 - 1940, 68.

16 westerns, 12-39.

Chip of the Flying U (1926). 1926. Novel.

30. Margaret McWade

Actress | The Lost World

Margaret McWade born in Illinois in 1872, vaudeville theatre from the 1890's met actress Margaret Seddon together they teamed up in a double act billed as the 'Pixilated Sisters'. she later appeared most often as spinsters or mothers in many films, first under contract to the Edison Film Company ...

1872 - 1956, 83.

4 westerns, 24-38.

Sundown (1924). 1924.

31. Dorothea Wolbert

Actress | Dangerous Paradise

Dorothea Wolbert was born on April 12, 1874 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Dangerous Paradise (1930), The Little Minister (1922) and Smashing Barriers (1919). She died on September 15, 1958 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1874 - 1958, 84.

9 westerns, 18-55.

Mrs. Bludgeon, The Ruse of the Rattler (1921). 1921.

32. Lottie Williams

Actress | Dark Victory

Lottie Williams was born on January 20, 1874 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. She was an actress, known for Dark Victory (1939), Yesterday's Wife (1923) and The Barefoot Boy (1923). She died on November 16, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1874 - 1962, 88.

7 westerns, 27-42.

Aunt Agatha, Arizona Nights (1927). 1927.

33. Madge Hunt

Actress | The Runaway Express

Madge Hunt was born on November 27, 1875 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Runaway Express (1926), The Heart of Maryland (1927) and Elmo, the Mighty (1919). She was married to William Hunt. She died on August 2, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1875 - 1935, 59.

The Double Hold-Up (1919). 1919.

34. Adabelle Driver

Actress | Mark of the Spur

Adabelle Driver was born on December 6, 1875 in Settle, Yorkshire, England. She was an actress, known for Mark of the Spur (1932), The Fighting Terror (1929) and The Cowboy and the Bandit (1935). She was married to Major William Driver. She died on October 23, 1952 in South San Gabriel, California,...

1875 - 1952, 76. UK. California.

Belinda -the ranch cook, The Last Round-up (1929). 1929..

7 westerns, 29-39.

35. Nora Bush

Actress | Dragnet

Nora Bush was born on November 13, 1875 in Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Dragnet (1951) and Valley of Vengeance (1944). She died on April 22, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1875 - 1970, 94.

43 westerns, 27-59.

Mom Carson, Valley of Vengeance (1944). 1944

36. Raye Hampton

Actress | Western Grit

Raye Hampton was born on April 4, 1875 in Caldwell, Texas, USA as Ella Norton Garrett. She was an actress, known for Western Grit (1924), The Masquerade Bandit (1926) and Pals in Peril (1927). She was married to John Zapf. She died on April 22, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1875 - 1944, 69.

12 westerns, 23-27.

Tilly, Rainbow Rangers (1924). 1924.

37. Aggie Herring

Actress | Oliver Twist

Aggie Herring was born on February 4, 1876 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Oliver Twist (1922), Among Those Present (1921) and A Blind Bargain (1922). She was married to Jess Herring. She died on October 28, 1939 in Santa Monica, California.

1876 - 1939, 63

11 westerns, 16-36.

Mrs. Prouty, Nine Points of the Law (1922). 1922.

38. Isadore Bernstein

Writer | The Wild West Show

Bernstein built Universal City. He was often associated with Pacific Studios, Hal Roach and King Vidor. He also served as production manager for Technical Oil Tool Company. Bernstein, along with Ernst Laemmle, producer and writer Jesse J. Goldburg, producer Sol Wurtzel and a handful of others, were...

1876 - 1944, 67.

41 westerns, 17-38

The Red Warning (1923). 1923. Story. Screenplay. Titles.

39. Lillian Case Russell

Writer | The Soul of a Magdalen

Drowned in the swimming pool at her son's house.

1876 - 1947, 71.

3 westerns, 19-25.

The Heart of Big Dan (1920). 1920.

40. Rose Plumer

Actress | The Secret Code

Rose Plumer was born on January 19, 1876 in Fresno, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Secret Code (1942), Inside the Law (1942) and Bullets and Saddles (1943). She was married to Lincoln Plumer. She died on March 3, 1955 in Hollywood, California.

1876 - 1955, 79.

104 westerns, 31-54.

Bullets and Saddles (1943). 1943.

41. Jane Keckley

Actress | Sweet Lavender

Jane Keckley was born on September 10, 1876 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. She was an actress, known for Sweet Lavender (1920), A Virginia Courtship (1921) and Huck and Tom (1918). She was married to Roy Watson. She died on August 14, 1963 in South Pasadena, California, USA.

1876 - 1963, 86.

49 westerns, 11-42.

Mathilda Larkin, Gunsmoke Ranch (1937). 1937,

42. Adele Lane

Actress | The Story of Cupid

Adele Lane was born on July 17, 1877 in New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Story of Cupid (1914), At Last We Are Alone (1914) and Her Own Blood (1915). She was married to Burton L. King. She died on October 24, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1877 - 1957, 80.

9 westerns, 12-15.

43. Theodosia Harris

Writer | The House of a Thousand Scandals

Son: David John Knowles (1918-1983).

1877 - 1938, 61.

7 westerns, 13-15.

A Spartan Girl of the West (1913). 1913. Story.

44. Fanny Midgley

Actress | Wasted Lives

Fanny Midgley was born on November 26, 1879 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Fanny B. Frier. She was an actress, known for Wasted Lives (1923), Behind Closed Doors (1929) and The Young Rajah (1922). She died on January 4, 1932 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1879 - 1932, 52.

19 westerns, 11-28.

Mrs. Craddock, Hair-Trigger Baxter (1926). 1926.

45. Eugenie Forde

Actress | Cameo Kirby

Eugenie Forde was born on June 22, 1879 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Cameo Kirby (1923), The Courtesan (1916) and Fair Enough (1918). She was married to Guy H. Fetters. She died on September 5, 1940 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

1879 - 1940, 61.

21 westerns, 12-21.

Mrs. Lee, A Frontier Providence (1913). 1913.

46. Mary Young

Actress | The Lost Weekend

Mary Young was born on June 21, 1879 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Lost Weekend (1945), Blondie's Holiday (1947) and Alias Jesse James (1959). She was married to Craig, John. She died on June 23, 1971 in La Jolla, California, USA.

1879 - 1971, 92.

13 westerns, 51-66.

Grandma Melton, The Flying Arrow (1951). 1951.

47. Kathryn Sheldon

Actress | I'm from the City

Kathryn Sheldon was born on September 22, 1879 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for I'm from the City (1938), Miss V from Moscow (1942) and Rockin' Thru the Rockies (1940). She died on December 25, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1879 - 1975, 96.

13 westerns, 37-52.

Sunset Trail (1938). 1938.

48. Jessie Proctor

In Old California

Jessie Proctor was born on December 20, 1873 in Wisconsin, USA as Jessie Olive Proctor. She was an actress, known for In Old California (1942), The Lady Says No (1951) and Something to Live For (1952). She died on July 6, 1975 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

49. Prudencia Grifell

Actress | La sexta carrera

Prudencia Grifell, was a popular stage and film actress who began her career in Venezuela at the age of 10, where her parents, who were Spanish stage actors were appearing. She began by playing ingenous in Operettas and musical comedies, working throughout Latin America and her native Spain where ...

1879 - 1970, 90. Spain. Mexico.

Dona Juanita, Al diablo las mujeres (1955). 1955.

50. Hallene Hill

Actress | The Search for Bridey Murphy

Hallene Hill was born on September 12, 1876 in Kirksville, Missouri, USA as Hallene Christian Hill. She was an actress, known for The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), Hello, Everybody! (1933) and Tramp, Tramp, Tramp! (1942). She died on January 6, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1876 - 1966, 89.

Granny, The Set-Up (1952) 1952.

5 westerns, 49-65.



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