Friday, June 30, 2017

Born Today June 30: June Elvidge


Star of the silent silver screen June Elvidge was born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota. June's specialty in films was in "vamp" roles--though not nearly as well known as Theda Bara, or even Valeska Suratt, she was very good in the type.  She made her stage debut in 1914 in New York City. She made her film debut in 1915 in the role Mrs. Van Allen in The Lure Of Woman (most of the film survives in a print housed at the Library of Congress).  Her years active in the movie industry spanned between 1915-1924.  Not all of the films that she appeared in were genres requiring a vamp role; for example, she appeared a couple westerns, with The Law Of The Yukon probably being the most well known for it's time.  The last film that she appeared in was in 1924's Chalk Marks.  She retired from film acting but toured for an additional year on the vaudeville circuit, before retiring altogether from acting in late 1925.  She died in a nursing home in Eatontown, New Jersey on the 1st of May 1965 at the age of 71.  There is no information as to her burial or cremation.

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