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Viola Dana (I) (1897–1987)

Viola Dana (real name Virginia Flugrath) was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 1897. She was the middle sister of three sisters (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in Molly the Drummer Boy (1914). The following year she received top billing playing "Gladiola Bain" in Gladiola (1915). She was in top... See full bio »

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Known For

Two Sisters Jean / Jane
Bred in Old Kentucky Katie O'Doone
Revelation Joline Hofer
That Certain Thing Molly Kelly


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 1963 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Gladys Ferguson
- The Toupee (1963) ... Gladys Ferguson
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Member of the Jury
- The Night of January Sixteenth (1956) ... Member of the Jury
 1932 Foiled Again (Short)
The Heroine
 1929 Show of Shows
Performer in 'The Pirate,' 'Meet My Sister' & 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Numbers
 1929 One Splendid Hour
Bobbie Walsh
 1929 Two Sisters
Jean / Jane
 1928 That Certain Thing
Molly Kelly
 1927 In Search of a Thrill
Ann Clemance
 1927 Lure of the Night Club
Mary Murdock
 1927 Naughty Nanette
Nanette Pearson
 1927 Salvation Jane
Salvation Jane
 1927 Home Struck
Barbara Page
 1926 Bred in Old Kentucky
Katie O'Doone
 1926 The Silent Lover
 1926 The Ice Flood
Marie O'Neill
 1926 Kosher Kitty Kelly
Kitty Kelly
 1926 Bigger Than Barnum's
Juanita Calles
 1926 Wild Oats Lane
Marie, the Girl
 1925 The Great Love
Minette Bunker
 1925 Winds of Chance
Rouletta Kirby
 1925 The Necessary Evil
Shirley Holmes
 1925 Forty Winks
Eleanor Butterworth
 1925 As Man Desires
Pandora La Croix
 1924 Along Came Ruth
Ruth Ambrose
 1924 Open All Night
Thérèse Duverne
 1924 Merton of the Movies
Sally Montague aka 'Flips'
 1924 Revelation
Joline Hofer
 1924 The Beauty Prize
Connie Du Bois
 1924 Don't Doubt Your Husband
Helen Blake
 1924 The Heart Bandit
Molly O'Hara
 1923 A Noise in Newboro
Martha Mason
 1923 In Search of a Thrill
Ann Clemance
 1923 The Social Code
Babs Van Buren
 1923 Rouged Lips
Norah MacPherson
 1923 Hollywood
Viola Dana
 1923 Her Fatal Millions
Mary Bishop
 1923 Crinoline and Romance
Miss Emmy Lou
 1922 Love in the Dark
Mary Duffy
 1922 June Madness
Clytie Whitmore
 1922 The $5 Baby
 1922 They Like 'Em Rough
 1922 Seeing's Believing
Diana Webster
 1922 Glass Houses
Joy Duval
 1922 Fourteenth Lover
Vi Marchmont
 1921 There Are No Villains
Rosa Moreland
 1921 The Match-Breaker
Jane Morgan
 1921 Life's Darn Funny
Zoe Robert
 1921 Home Stuff
Madge Joy
 1921 Puppets of Fate
Sorrentina Palombra
 1921 The Off-Shore Pirate
Ardita Farnam
 1920 Cinderella's Twin
Connie McGill
 1920 Blackmail
Flossie Golden
 1920 The Chorus Girl's Romance
Marcia Meadows
 1920 Dangerous to Men
 1920 The Willow Tree
 1919 Please Get Married
Muriel Ashley
 1919 The Microbe
Happy O'Brien, The Microbe
 1919 Some Bride
Patricia Morley
 1919 False Evidence
Madelon MacTavish
 1919 The Parisian Tigress
 1919 Satan Junior
Diana Ardway
 1919 The Gold Cure
Annice Paisch
 1918 Flower of the Dusk
Barbara North
 1918 Opportunity
Mary Willard
 1918 The Only Road
 1918 Riders of the Night
Sally Castleton
 1918 Breakers Ahead
Ruth Bowman
 1918 A Weaver of Dreams
Judith Sylvester
 1918 The Winding Trail
Audrey Graham
 1917 Blue Jeans
 1917 The Girl Without a Soul
Unity Beaumont / Priscilla Beaumont
 1917 Aladdin's Other Lamp
Patricia Smith (Patsy)
 1917 Lady Barnacle
 1917 God's Law and Man's
 1917 The Mortal Sin
Jane Anderson
 1917 Rosie O'Grady
Rosie O'Grady
 1917 Threads of Fate
 1916 The Cossack Whip
Darya Orlinsky
 1916 The Gates of Eden
Eve / Evelyn
 1916 The Light of Happiness
 1916 The Innocence of Ruth
Ruth Travers
 1915 Children of Eve
Fifty-Fifty Mamie
 1915 Gladiola
Gladiola Bain
 1915 Her Happiness (Short)
Viola Winters
 1915 The Slavey Student (Short)
Alma Picket, His Sister
 1915 On Dangerous Paths
Eleanor Thurston
 1915 Cohen's Luck
Minnie Cohen
 1915 The House of the Lost Court
Dolores Edgerton
 1915 The Stoning (Short)
Ruth Fenton
 1915 A Theft in the Dark (Short)
Lady Genevieve
 1915 The Portrait in the Attic (Short)
 1915 A Spiritual Elopement (Short)
Evelyn Banks
 1915 The Glory of Clementina (Short)
Etta Concanna
 1915 The Stone Heart (Short)
Nan Cowles
 1915 A Thorn Among Roses (Short)
 1915 Lena (Short)
Euphemia Miggles
 1914 Who Goes There? (Short)
Kate - Toppy's Sweetheart
 1914 Seth's Sweetheart (Short)
 1914 The Blind Fiddler (Short)
The Fairy
 1914 Treasure Trove (Short)
Cora Fairfield
 1914 My Friend from India (Short)
Gertie Underholt
 1914 Molly the Drummer Boy (Short)
Molly Mason
 1913 Nursery Favorites (Short)
Jack, the Giant Killer (as Viola Flugrath)
 1912 The Third Thanksgiving (Short) (as Viola Flugrath)
 1912 The Lord and the Peasant (Short)
Mary's Sister (as Viola Flugrath)
 1912 How Father Accomplished His Work (Short)
The Second Daughter (as Viola Flugrath)
 1912 The Butler and the Maid (Short)
The Statue (as Viola Flugrath)
 1912 Children Who Labor (Short)
The Immigrant's Older Daughter
 1910 A Christmas Carol (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Viola Flugrath


4' 11½" (1.51 m)


Jimmy Thomson  (divorced) | See more »


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Personal Quote:

[on her sister changing her screen name to Shirley Mason] I think she was annoyed when people started calling her Leonie Dana because she was my sister, so she took a brand new name, as, indeed, why shouldn't she, because she soon proved that she could be a star in her own right.


Her first husband, director John H. Collins died during the influenza epidemic of 1918. See more »



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