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Marion Leonard

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Marion Leonard June 9, 1881 – January 9, 1956 was an American stage actress who became one of the first motion picture celebrities in the early years of the silent film era1


  • 1 Early career
  • 2 Marriage and switch to Universal Pictures
  • 3 Selected filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Early careeredit

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Marion Leonard began working in live theatre until the age of twenty-seven when she was signed by American Mutoscope and Biograph Company She made her screen debut in the short film At the Crossroads of Life 1908 directed by Wallace McCutcheon, Jr 1884–1928 from a screenplay by D W Griffith, who also appeared as an actor in this film

Within a year, she had leading roles, frequently directed by Griffith At a time when screen credits were not given to actors, she and Florence Auer were the first star actresses to be billed by the studio as a "Biograph Girl" Of her films made at Biograph, thirty-two were with an up-and-coming young actress named Mary Pickford

Marriage and switch to Universal Picturesedit

While working for Biograph, Leonard met screenwriter/director Stanner EV Taylor and a personal relationship developed that led to marriage The two would eventually leave Biograph to make films together for Universal Pictures and other studios and sometimes through their own production company

In 1915, after appearing in more than one hundred and fifty films, Marion Leonard retired from film but did return eleven years later at age forty-five for one final appearance in a 1926 Mack Sennett comedy

Marion Leonard died in 1956 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California

Selected filmographyedit

  • The Gibson Goddess 1909
  • The Prussian Spy 1909
  • A Fool's Revenge 1909
  • The Roue's Heart 1909
  • And a Little Child Shall Lead Them 1909
  • A Burglar's Mistake 1909
  • Two Memories 1909
  • Nursing a Viper 1909


  1. ^ The Theater of Science vol 29 1914

Further readingedit

  • Menefee, David Sweet Memories Menefee Publishing Inc, 2012 ISBN 1469966956

External linksedit

  • Marion Leonard on Internet Movie Database
  • Marion Leonard at Women Film Pioneers Project

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