Thursday, August 24, 2017

Born Today August 24: Mary Newcomb


Early film actress Mary Newcomb was born on this day in North Adams, Massachusetts.  Newcomb started out as a stage actress and acted in from the motion picture camera mostly during the talking era, starting with one stint in the 1930's and then another in the 1940's.  She did however try her hand at silent film acting in 1921 in The Passionate Pilgrim.  Being a stage actress however, the experience must of been stilting and she did not return to films until 1932.  Her first sound film was Frail Woman (1932).  She worked sparingly in motion pictures in the 1930's--mostly in 1932--and then retired, only to come back in 1946 in Suspect, a very early made for television film.  She even had a supporting role in one of the earliest television mini-series in Mourning Becomes Electra in 1947, which was filmed in two parts.  In fact, all of the rest of her time in moving pictures came in films made for television in the 1940's (quite ground breaking).  Her last made for television film was Take Back Your Freedom in 1948.  She then retired.  She married an Englishman and immigrated to that country.  She died there at the age of 73 on the 26th of November in Dorchester.  Her burial is listed as unknown.  Her first marriage was to Robert Edeson.

Still from Passionate Pilgrim (1921)

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