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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in San Antonio, Texas, USA  (burns)
Birth NameMartha Erlich

Mini Bio (1)

Stunning silent screen actress Martha Mansfield was a musical comedy star in New York City by the time she entered films in 1916 for Max Linder. Before long she advanced to second leads in features, including the role of Millicent Carew in the John Barrymore starrer Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), which to this day remains her best known. The promising beauty was signed by Fox Studios in 1923 and began work on a new picture The Warrens of Virginia (1924). Nearing the completion of the film, Martha had just finished a scene and was returning to her automobile when her dress caught fire from a carelessly strewn match. Engulfed in flames, co-star Wilfred Lytell managed to throw his coat around her and extinguish the fire, but it was too late. She died the next day of severe burns at age 24.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (1)

Died in 1923, at the age of 24, when the dress she was wearing during the filming of The Warrens of Virginia (1924) caught fire on the set.

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