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Esther Ralston (1902–1994)

Projected as wholesome but fun-loving, Maine-born leading lady Esther Ralston enjoyed a prime silent age career and, at her peak, was packaged and publicized as "The American Venus" by none other than that of showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. after appearing as a dazzling beauty queen in the film of the same name (The American Venus (1926)). A decade ... See full bio »

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Known For

Peter Pan Mrs. Darling
Shadows of the Orient Viola Avery
Oliver Twist Rose Maylie


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (108 credits)
 1963 The Doctors (TV Series)
Mrs. Cadman
- Episode #1.9 (1963) ... Mrs. Cadman
 1962 Our Five Daughters (TV Series)
Helen Lee (1962) / Helen Lee
- Episode #1.160 (1962) ... Helen Lee (1962)
- Episode #1.159 (1962) ... Helen Lee (1962)
- Episode #1.157 (1962) ... Helen Lee (1962)
- Episode #1.158 (1962) ... Helen Lee (1962)
- Episode #1.155 (1962) ... Helen Lee (1962)
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Bancroft
- The Noose (1953) ... Mrs. Bancroft
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
The Collector
- All the Time in the World (1952) ... The Collector
 1952 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- September Tide (1952)
 1940 San Francisco Docks
Frances March
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Nora Bayes
 1938 Slander House
Ruth De Milo
 1938 Letter of Introduction
Mrs. Sinclair (uncredited)
 1938 The Spy Ring
Jean Bruce (as Jane Carleton)
 1937 The Mysterious Pilot
Vivian McNain [Chs.10-11]
 1937 Jungle Menace
Valerie Shields [Chs. 1, 3, 6, 7, 15]
 1937 As Good as Married
Miss Danforth
 1936 We're in the Legion Now
Louise Rillette
 1936 Reunion
Janet Fair
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Flora Moore
 1936 The Girl from Mandalay
Mary Trevor
 1935 Forced Landing
Ruby Anatole
 1935 Streamline Express
Elaine Vincent
 1935 Shadows of the Orient
Viola Avery
 1935 Ladies Crave Excitement
Miss Winkler
 1935 Mister Dynamite
Charmian Dvorjak
 1934 Strange Wives
 1934 The Marines Are Coming
Dorothy Manning
 1934 Romance in the Rain
Gwen de la Rue
 1934 Sadie McKee
 1933 By Candlelight
Baroness von Ballin
 1933 To the Last Man
Ellen Colby
 1933 Black Beauty
Leila Lambert
 1932 After the Ball
Elissa Strange
 1932 Rome Express
Asta Marvelle
 1931 The Prodigal
Antonia Farraday
 1931 Lonely Wives
Madeline Smith
 1929 The Mighty
Louise Patterson
 1929 The Wheel of Life
Ruth Dangan
 1929 Betrayal
 1929 The Case of Lena Smith
Lena Smith
 1928 The Sawdust Paradise
 1928 Half a Bride
Patience Winslow
 1928 Something Always Happens
Diana Mallory
 1928 Love and Learn
Nancy Blair
 1927 The Spotlight
Lizzie Stokes / Olga Rostova
 1927 Figures Don't Lie
Janet Wells
 1927 Ten Modern Commandments
Kitty O'Day
 1927 Children of Divorce
Jean Waddington
 1927 Fashions for Women
Céleste de Givray and Lola Dauvry
 1926 Old Ironsides
 1926 The Quarterback
Louise Mason
 1926 The Blind Goddess
Moira Devens
 1926 The American Venus
Mary Gray
 1925 Womanhandled
Molly Martin
 1925 A Kiss for Cinderella
Fairy Godmother
 1925 The Best People
Alice O'Neil
 1925 The Trouble with Wives
 1925 The Lucky Devil
Doris McDee
 1925 Beggar on Horseback
Cynthia Mason
 1925 The Goose Hangs High
Dagmar Carroll
 1925 The Little French Girl
Toppie Westmacott
 1924 $50,000 Reward
Carolyn Jordan
 1924 Peter Pan
Mrs. Darling
 1924 K.O. for Cupid (Short)
Holly Malloy
 1924 Wolves of the North
Madge Chester
 1924 The Title Holder (Short)
Holly Malloy
 1924 All's Swell on the Ocean (Short)
Holly Malloy
 1924 A Society Knockout (Short)
Holly Malloy
 1924 The Heart Buster
Rose Hillyer
 1924 Fight and Win
Holly Malloy
 1924 Winning His Way (Short)
Holly Malloy
 1924 Jack O'Clubs
Queenie Hatch
 1924 The Marriage Circle
Miss Hofer
 1923 Pure Grit
Stella Bolling
 1923 The Rivals (Short)
 1923 The Wild Party
Bess Furth
 1923 Blinky
Mary Lou Kileen
 1923 The Victor
Chewing Gum Baron's Daughter
 1923 Railroaded
Joan Dunster
 1923 Under Secret Orders (Short)
 1923 The Phantom Fortune
Mary Rogers
 1923 The Prisoner
 1922 Love Taps (Short)
 1922 Pure and Simple (Short)
 1922 Kings of the Forest (Short)
 1922 Timberland Treachery (Short)
 1922/I Oliver Twist
Rose Maylie
 1922 The Lone Hand
 1922 Pals of the West
 1922 Remembrance
 1922 The Gypsy Trail (Short)
Dorothy Gorman
 1922 Tracked Down (Short)
Dorothy Alden
 1922 Come Clean (Short)
Sally Faivre (unconfirmed)
 1922 Dead Game (Short)
Eva Mason
 1922 Unmasked (Short)
Flora McKenzie
 1922 Daring Danger
Ethel Stanton
 1921 The Good Black Sheep (Short)
 1921 Crossing Trails
Helen Stratton
 1921 What Do Men Want? (uncredited)
 1921 The Kid
Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
 1920 Whispering Devils
Rose Gibbard
 1920 The Butterfly Man (uncredited)
 1920 The Peddler of Lies
Undetermined Role
 1920 Huckleberry Finn
Mary Jane Wilks
 1918 For Husbands Only
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1918 The Doctor and the Woman
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1915 The Deep Purple
Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Bianca") in "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 16 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jane Carleton


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

[interview in 1978] I want to believe in something inspirational, that has courage, that you can hang your hat on a star. And you can't in the restricted films of today. It's too blatant. There's nothing courageous or inspirational about them. I just don't go anymore.


Esther confirmed her first appearance before motion picture cameras was in _The Deep Purple (1915)_, filmed at the World Studios in New Jersey. Afterwards, she appeared with her family in live theatre productions at the smaller venues, eventually crossing the continent and finding themselves in Los Angeles; as early as 1918 she and her brothers began finding extra work at Universal City . See more »


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