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Ethel Clayton

From Wikipedia Ethel Clayton (November 8, 1882 — June 6, 1966) was an American actress of the silent film era. Clayton's screen debut came in 1909, in a short called Justified. She jockeyed her early film appearances with a burgeoning stage career. Her pretty blond looks were reminiscent of the famous Gibson Girl drawings by Charles Dana Gibson. On the stage she appeared mainly in musicals or musical reviews such as The Ziegfeld Follies of 1911. These musical appearances indicate a singing talent Clayton may have possessed but went unused in her many silent screen performances. In 1912 she appeared in "The Country Boy" on stage at the Lyceum Theatre in Rochester New York and made her feature length film debut in For the Love of a Girl. The film was directed by Barry O'Neil. She was cast with Harry Myers, Charles Arthur, and Peter Lang. She was also directed by William Demille, Robert G. Vignola, George Melford, Donald Crisp, Dallas M. Fitzgerald, and Clifford Sanforth. Like many silent film actors Clayton's career was hurt by the coming of sound to motion pictures. She continued her career in small parts in movies until she retired in 1948. Her screen credits number more than 180. Clayton was first married to actor-director Joseph Kaufman until his death in 1918 in the Spanish Influenza epidemic. She later married silent film actor and former star Ian Keith twice and they divorced twice. In both cases Clayton cited cruelty and excessive drinking. Clayton and Keith were first married in Minneapolis in 1928 and first separated on January 13, 1931. Ethel Clayton died on June 6, 1966 at St. John's Hospital in Oxnard, California, aged 83. She was buried at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, California. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Ethel Clayton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Nov 8, 1882 In Champaign - Illinois - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie When the Earth Trembled 1913-11-02
Latest Project:
Movie True to Life 1943-12-24
Known For
Poster of Mardi Gras
Poster of Love Thy Neighbor
Poster of Rich Relations
Poster of The Crooked Circle
Movie Dixie Woman (uncredited) 1943-06-23
Movie Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Woman 1943-10-01
Movie True to Life Bit Role 1943-12-24
Movie Beyond the Blue Horizon Guest at Chase's Residence (uncredited) 1942-06-25
Movie The Major and the Minor Ball Guest (uncredited) 1942-09-16
Movie West Point Widow Nurse 1941-06-20
Movie New York Town Minor Role (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie Love Thy Neighbor Minor Role 1940-12-27
Movie Boy Trouble 1939-01-27
Movie Cafe Society Woman 1939-03-03
Movie Geronimo 1939-11-26
Movie Cocoanut Grove Undetermined Role 1938-05-20
Movie Men with Wings Woman 1938-07-16
Movie You and Me Employment Agency Clerk (uncredited) 1938-06-01
Movie Say It in French Bit Part 1938-11-25
Movie If I Were King Old Woman 1938-09-28
Movie Waikiki Wedding Tourist (uncredited) 1937-03-23
Movie Rich Relations Mrs. Blair 1937-02-01
Movie Make Way for Tomorrow Customer (uncredited) 1937-05-09
Movie Exclusive 1937-08-06
Movie Wells Fargo Pioneer Woman 1937-12-31
Movie Artists & Models 1937-08-13
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited) 1936-08-20
Movie The Accusing Finger 1936-11-17
Movie Secrets Audrey Carlton 1933-03-16
Movie Let's Fall in Love Star 1933-12-26
Movie Thrill of Youth Alice Fenwick 1932-08-15
Movie The Crooked Circle Yvonne 1932-09-25
Movie Risky Business Mrs. Stoughton 1926-10-04
Movie Lightnin' Margaret Davis 1925-08-23
Movie Crooked Streets Gail Ellis 1920-01-01
Movie The Web of Desire Grace Miller 1917-03-04
Movie A Woman's Way Marion Livingston 1916-08-07
Movie His Brother's Wife Helen Barton 1916-06-04
Movie Husband and Wife Doris Baker 1916-08-28
Movie The Hidden Scar Janet Hall 1916-10-15
Movie The Lion and the Mouse Shirley Rossmore / Sarah Green 1914-01-01
Movie When the Earth Trembled Dora Sims 1913-11-02
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