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Mildred Harris
Mildred Harris

Mildred Harris (November 29, 1901 - July 20, 1944) was a notable actress of the silent film era. Image File history File links Mildred Harris publicity photo, pre 1923. ... Image File history File links Mildred Harris publicity photo, pre 1923. ... November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...

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Early life

Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mildred Harris made her first screen appearances at the age of eleven in the Francis Ford and Thomas H. Ince directed 1912 Western film short The Post Telegrapher then went on to play a variety of juvenile roles, including turns in the Oz film series produced by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. She was a prominent child actor throughout the 1910s. She eventually graduated to leading lady assignments, working under the direction of such prominent filmmakers as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith throughout the 1910s. In 1914, she was hired by The Oz Film Manufacturing Company to portray Fluff in The Magic Cloak of Oz and Button-Bright in His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz. Her contract was not signed until The Patchwork Girl of Oz was already in production and she did not, in spite of what some sources claim, appear in that film. In 1916, at the age of 15, Mildred Harris appeared in Griffith's colossal film epic Intolerance alongside another new teenaged Griffith protégé, Carol Dempster. The two young starlets were cast by Griffith as Babylonian harem girls. Griffith would cast Harris yet again as a harem girl in his 1919 film The Fall of Babylon. Location in Wyoming Coordinates: County Laramie County Founded 1867 Government  - Mayor Jack R. Spiker Area  - City 57. ... Francis Ford (August 14, 1881 - September 5, 1953) a prolific film actor, writer, and director. ... Thomas Harper Ince (November 6, 1882–November 20, 1924) was an American film director. ... For the film, see The Wizard of Oz (1939 film) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a childrens book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ... The Laughing Dragon of Oz, see Frank Joslyn Baum . ... The term child actor is generally applied to a child acting in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion the latter is also called a former child actor. ... Cecil B. DeMille on August 27, 1934 cover of Time Magazine Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was one of the most successful filmmakers during the first half of the 20th century. ... David Lewelyn Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 - July 23, 1948) was an American film director (commonly known as D. W. Griffith) probably best known for his film The Birth of a Nation. ... The Magic Cloak of Oz is a 1914 film directed by J. Farrell MacDonald. ... His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 film production, directed by J. Farrell McaDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. ... The Patchwork Girl of Oz was a 1914 film made by L. Frank Baums Oz Film Company. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Intolerance is a silent film directed by D.W. Griffith in 1916. ... Carol Dempster in a circa 1918-1920 publicity photograph Carol Dempster (December 9, 1901 - February 1, 1991) was a notable American film actress of the silent film era. ...

Mildred Harris
Mildred Harris

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (570x800, 126 KB) Mildred Harris ca 1918 - 1920. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (570x800, 126 KB) Mildred Harris ca 1918 - 1920. ...

Leading lady, first marriage and scandal

On October 23, 1918 she married actor Charlie Chaplin, a union which caused quite a scandal considering Mildred was sixteen years old and Chaplin was twenty-nine. Mildred gave birth to a son, Norman Spencer Chaplin on July 7, 1919, but the child was born extremely deformed and only lived three days. He was buried in the Inglewood Park Cemetery cemetery under a headstone with the inscription The Little Mouse. [1][2] October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Inglewood Park Cemetery is located at 720 E. Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California. ...


The marriage lasted until 1920 and the divorce was heavily covered by the press with both Harris and Chaplin making scandalous claims against the other. Chaplin charged that Harris spent nights with noted Ukrainian lesbian film star Alla Nazimova; Harris claimed that Chaplin was abusive and a sexual sadist. A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ... Alla Nazimova, born Mariam Edez Adelaida Leventon (May 22, 1879 – July 14, 1945) was an American theater and film actress, scriptwriter, and producer. ...


Cashing in on the failed marriage, producer Louis B. Mayer signed Harris to a series of films billing her as Mildred Harris-Chaplin, an exploitive decision that resulted in a much publicized public fistfight between Mayer and Chaplin on April 8, 1920 at the fashionable Alexendria Hotel in Los Angeles. The altercation ended with actor Jack Pickford escorting a bloodied Chaplin away. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... John Charles Smith (August 18, 1896 - January 3, 1933) was a Canadian-born American actor. ...


After her divorce from Chaplin, Harris had a brief well-publicized relationship with the Prince of Wales, Duke of Windsor (later King Edward VIII for less than a year). [3] The Prince of Wales Feathers. This Heraldic badge of the Heir Apparent is derived from the ostrich feathers borne by Edward, the Black Prince. ... King Edward VIII King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, King of Ireland Emperor of India His Majesty King Edward VIII, (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David), later His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor (23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was the second British monarch of the...


The ensuing publicity certainly helped Mildred's acting career, and 1920's Polly of the Storm Country was a modest success. Harris also gave a notable performance in the 1928 Frank Capra directed silent drama The Power of the Press opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Jobyna Ralston. The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Other notable films of the Harris' silent film career include: The Courtship of O San and O Mimi San, both with Tsuru Aoki and Sessue Hayakawa (1914), The Inferior Sex, with Milton Sills (1919), The Daring Years, with Tyrone Power, Sr. and Clara Bow (1923), The Fog, with Louise Fazenda, Louise Dresser and Cullen Landis (1924), The Shadow of The East, opposite Norman Kerry and Josef Swickard (1924) and Cruise of the Jasper B, opposite Rod La Rocque. This article is about the film director. ... Silent 1928 film directed by Frank Capra and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr as an aspiring newspaper reporter and Jobyna Ralston as a young woman suspected of murder. ... Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. ... Jobyna Lancaster Ralston (21 November 1899-29 January 1967)famed silent film actress, was born in South Pittsburgh, TN in 1899 to wealthy parents, who named her after famed entertainer of the time, Jobyna Howland. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Tsuru Aoki in a circa 1914-1916 publicity photograph Tsuru Aoki (September 9, 1892 - October 18, 1961) was a popular Japanese-American stage and screen actress whose career was most prolific during the silent film era of the 1910s through the 1920s. ... Sessue Hayakawa (早川雪洲 Hayakawa Sessue, June 10, 1889 - November 23, 1973) was a Japanese actor in American films, including two in the U.S. National Film Registry: The Cheat in 1915 The Bridge on the River Kwai in 1957, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting... Milton Sills Milton Sills (January 12, 1882 - September 15, 1930) was a highly successful American stage and film actor of the early twentieth century. ... The Daring Years is the title of a 1923 independently released American silent motion picture melodrama. ... Tyrone Power Sr. ... Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 1905 − September 27, 1965) was an American actress and sex symbol, best known for her silent film work in the 1920s. ... Louise Fazenda (June 17, 1895 - April 17, 1962) was an American film actor, appearing chiefly in silent film comedy films. ... Louise Dresser (October 5, 1878 - April 24, 1965) was a United States actress. ... Born: 9 July 1895 Nashville, Tenn. ... Norman Kerry Norman Kerry (June 16, 1894 - January 12, 1956) was an American actor whose career spanned over twenty-five years in the motion picture industry beginning in the silent era at the end of World War I. Born Arnold Kaiser in Rochester, New York of German parentage, he changed... Annette DeFoe and Raymond Griffith Josef Swickard (26 June 1866 - 29 February 1940) was a German-born veteran stage and screen character actor, who had toured with stock companies in Europe, South Africa, and South America. ... Cruise of the Jasper B is a 1926 American silent action/adventure comedy film produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by James W. Horne. ... Rod La Rocque Rod La Rocque (November 29, 1896 - October 15, 1969) was an American actor. ...


Later marriages

In 1924, Mildred Harris married Everett Terrence McGovern. The union lasted until November 26, 1929 when Harris filed for divorce in Los Angeles, California on grounds of desertion. The couple had one child, Everett Terrence McGovern, Jr. in 1925. In 1934 She married William P. Fleckenstein in Asheville, North Carolina. The couple remained married until Harris' death in 1944. November 26 is the 330th day (331st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Downtown Asheville bustles with activity at midday while smog silently obscures the Smoky Mountains to the west. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ...


Later career and "talkies"

Mildred Harris (center) in the 1921 Cecil B. DeMille directed Fool's Paradise. The film also starred Theodore Kosloff (l) and Conrad Nagel (r).

Mildred Harris enjoyed a prolific film career in the 1920s and achieved leading lady status opposite such renowned film actors as: Conrad Nagel, Milton Sills, Lionel Barrymore, Rod La Rocque and the Moore brothers, Owen and Tom. Like so many of her silent screen peers however, Harris found the transition to talkies rather difficult. Among her few memorable roles of the talkie era was her critically lauded performance in the 1930 film adaptation of the Broadway musical No, No, Nanette, opposite ZaSu Pitts, Louise Fazenda and Lilyan Tashman and her parody of a temperamental and demanding movie starlet (a role she played in real life only several years earlier) in the 1936 Three Stooges comedy, Movie Maniacs. As the 1930s continued however, Harris' career slowed dramatically. Image File history File links Fool's_Paradise. ... Image File history File links Fool's_Paradise. ... Theodore Kosloff (left) in the 1921 Cecil B. DeMille directed Fools Paradise. ... Conrad Nagel Conrad Nagel, born March 16, 1897 in Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, was a noted screen actor and matinee idol of the silent era and beyond. ... Milton Sills Milton Sills (January 12, 1882 - September 15, 1930) was a highly successful American stage and film actor of the early twentieth century. ... Lionel Barrymore Herbert Lionel Blyth (April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American actor of stage, radio and film. ... Rod La Rocque Rod La Rocque (November 29, 1896 - October 15, 1969) was an American actor. ... Owen Moore (December 12, 1886 - June 9, 1939) was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. ... Thomas J. Moore (May 1, 1883 - February 12, 1955) was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. ... A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... No, No, Nanette is an English musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. ... Zazu Pitts (1894-1963) sporting her famous bob hairstyle ZaSu Pitts (January 3, 1894 (?) – June 7, 1963) was a United States movie actress. ... Louise Fazenda (June 17, 1895 - April 17, 1962) was an American film actor, appearing chiefly in silent film comedy films. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine The Three Stooges were a American vaudeville and comedy act in the first half of the 20th century. ... Movie Maniacs (1936) is the 13th of Columbia Pictures 190 short subjects starring the comedy team of the Three Stooges. ...


Harris tried for a second act in vaudeville and burlesque, at one point she toured with the comic Phil Silvers. Harris continued to work in film in the early 1940's, largely through the kindness of her former director Cecil B. DeMille, who cast her in bit parts in 1942's Reap the Wild Wind, and 1944's The Story of Dr. Wassell. Her last film appearance was in the 1945 motion picture Having A Wonderful Crime, which was released posthumously. Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... Photograph of Sally Rand, 1934. ... Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. ... Cecil B. DeMille on August 27, 1934 cover of Time Magazine Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was one of the most successful filmmakers during the first half of the 20th century. ... Reap the Wild Wind is a serialized story written by Thelma Strabel in 1940 for The Saturday Evening Post. ... The Story of Dr. Wassel is a World War II film set in the Dutch East Indies, directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1944. ...


In 1944, Mildred Harris died unexpectedly of pneumonia at age 42 and was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


For her contribution as an actress in the motion picture industry, Mildred Harris was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6307 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Trivia

  • In 1914, thirteen year old Mildred Harris appeared in three The Wonderful Wizard of Oz films: The Patchwork Girl of Oz, His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz and The Magic Cloak of Oz.
  • In 1992, Mildred Harris was portrayed by Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich in the Charlie Chaplin biopic, Chaplin.

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 film production, directed by J. Farrell McaDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. ... Milla (Militza) Jovovich (Serbian Милица Јововић/Milica Jovović, Ukrainian Cyrillic: Мілла Йовович/; born December 17, 1975) is a supermodel, actress, musician, singer, and fashion designer born in Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. ... Chaplin is a 1992 semi-biographical film about the life of Charles Chaplin. ...

Mildred Harris filmography

  • Having a Wondeful Crime (1945)
  • The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
  • Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
  • Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
  • Holiday Inn (1942)
  • Movie Maniacs (1936)
  • Great Guy (1936)
  • Never Too Late (1935)
  • Lady Tubbs (1935)
  • Melody Man (1930)
  • No, No Nanette (1930)
  • Side Street (1929)
  • Sea Fury (1929)
  • Melody of Love (1928)
  • Speed Classic (1928)
  • Lingerie (1928)
  • The Power of the Press (1928)
  • The Heart of a Follies Girl (1928)
  • Hearts of Men (1928)
  • The Show Girl (1927)
  • The Swell-Head (1927)
  • Out of the Past (1927)
  • One Hour of Love (1927)
  • Wandering Girls (1927)
  • She's My Baby (1927)
  • The Adventurous Soul (1927)
  • The Girl from Rio (1927)
  • Burning Gold (1927)
  • Husband Hunters (1927)
  • The Mystery Club (1926)
  • Wolf Hunters (1926)
  • Self Starter (1926)
  • Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
  • Dangerous Traffic (1926)
  • The Isle of Retribution (1926)
  • My Neighbor's Wife (1925)
  • Private Affairs (1925)
  • The Unknown Lover (1925)
  • Dressmaker from Paris (1925)
  • Easy Money (1925)
  • The Fighting Cub (1925)
  • Frivolous Sal (1925)
  • The Iron Man (1925)
  • Stepping Lively (1924)
  • Unmarried Wives (1924)
  • Traffic in Hearts (1924)
  • One Law for the Woman (1924)
  • Shadow of the East (1924)
  • By Divine Right (1924)
  • The Desert Hawk (1924)
  • In Fast Company (1924)
  • The Fog (1923)
  • The Daring Years (1923)
  • First Woman (1922)
  • A Prince There Was (1921)
  • Habit (1921)
  • Fool's Paradise (1921)
  • Woman in His House (1920)
  • Polly of the Storm Country (1920)
  • Home (1919)
  • For Husbands Only (1918)
  • Borrowed Clothes (1918)
  • Cupid by Proxy (1918)
  • Doctor and the Woman (1918)
  • Love Sublime (1917)
  • Old Fashioned Young Man (1917)
  • Golden Rule Kate (1917)
  • Bad Boys (1917)
  • Cold Deck (1917)
  • The Americano (1917)
  • The Old Folks at Home (1916)
  • Hoodoo Ann (1916)
  • Intolerance (1916)
  • The Matrimaniac (1916)
  • Little Soldier Man (1915)
  • Little Lumberjack (1915)
  • The Warrens of Virginia (1915)
  • The Absentee (1915)
  • Enoch Arden (1915)
  • Shadows of the Past (1914)
  • Social Ghost (1914)
  • Little Matchmakers (1914)
  • O Mimi San (1914)
  • The Courtship of O San (1914)
  • Wolves of the Underworld (1914)
  • The Colonel's Orderly (1914)
  • A Frontier Mother (1914)
  • Shadows of the Past (1914)
  • When America Was Young (1914)
  • His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
  • The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
  • Borrowed Gold (1913)
  • A Shadow of the Past (1913)
  • Romance of Sunshine Valley (1913)
  • Wheels of Destiny (1913)
  • Way of a Mother (1913)
  • A Child of War (1913)
  • The Drummer of the 8th (1913)
  • The Seal of Silence (1913)
  • Grand-Dad (1913)
  • Sense of Duty (1912)
  • The Triumph of Right (1912)
  • His Nemesis (1912)
  • The Frontier Child (1912)
  • The Post Telegrapher (1912)

Reap the Wild Wind is a serialized story written by Thelma Strabel in 1940 for The Saturday Evening Post. ... Holiday Inn is a 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, which featured the music of Irving Berlin. ... Movie Maniacs (1936) is the 13th of Columbia Pictures 190 short subjects starring the comedy team of the Three Stooges. ... Silent 1928 film directed by Frank Capra and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr as an aspiring newspaper reporter and Jobyna Ralston as a young woman suspected of murder. ... Cruise of the Jasper B is a 1926 American silent action/adventure comedy film produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by James W. Horne. ... The Daring Years is the title of a 1923 independently released American silent motion picture melodrama. ... Intolerance is a silent film directed by D.W. Griffith in 1916. ... His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 film production, directed by J. Farrell McaDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. ... The Magic Cloak of Oz is a 1914 film directed by J. Farrell MacDonald. ...

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Mildred Harris (November 29, 1901 - July 20, 1944) was a notable actress of the silent film era.
In 1944, Mildred Harris died unexpectedly of pneumonia at age 42 and was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
In 1992, Mildred Harris was portrayed by Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich in the Charlie Chaplin biopic, Chaplin.
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