Alice Lake

Last updated
Alice Lake
Alicelake1921.jpg
Lake, 1921
Born(1895-09-12)September 12, 1895
DiedNovember 15, 1967(1967-11-15) (aged 72)
OccupationActress
Years active1912–1936
Spouse
(m. 1924;div. 1925)
Relatives Anita Linda (niece)

Alice Lake (September 12, 1895 – November 15, 1967) [1] was an American film actress. She began her career during the silent film era and often appeared in comedy shorts opposite Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. [2]

Contents

Career

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lake began her career as a dancer. [3] She made her screen debut in 1912, and she appeared in a number of comedy shorts by Mack Sennett. Lake was often the leading lady of Fatty Arbuckle in comedies such as Oh Doctor! (1917) and The Cook (1918). Arbuckle directed both films and was joined by Buster Keaton who had a leading role in Oh Doctor!.

Lake also played dramatic roles with Bert Lytell in Blackie's Redemption and The Lion's Den, both from 1919. During the 1920s she appeared in a number of Metro silent film features as the lead actress. At the height of her career she earned $1,200 per week as a motion picture actress. Lake had only limited success in dramatic roles. Following the introduction of talkies, her parts in films began to wane and she only performed in supporting roles. Her last appearance in film was in 1935 with a bit part in Frisco Kid. In all her screen credits numbered ninety-six. [4]

Personal life

In March 1924, Lake married fellow actor Robert Williams, but they were divorced in 1925. [5] The couple separated and reunited three times before they permanently separated. Williams was a vaudeville performer who had appeared in a number of stage plays. He was previously married to singer Marion Harris. Lake was the aunt of Filipina actress Anita Linda. [6]

Death

Lake died of a heart attack at Paradise Sanitarium in Hollywood, California. [7] She was 72. She was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Alice Lake has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1620 Vine Street.

Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1916 The Moonshiners Lady Jocelyn
1916 The Waiters' Ball A Fair Customer
1916 A Creampuff Romance Alternative title: His Alibi
1916The Grab Bag Bride
1917 The Butcher Boy Uncredited
1917 A Reckless Romeo WifeAlternative title: A Creampuff Romance
1917 The Rough House Mrs. Rough
1917 His Wedding Night
1917 The Texas Sphinx
1917 Coney Island Undetermined RoleUncredited
1917 A Country Hero SchoolteacherLost film
1918 Out West Salvation Army WomanAlternative title: The Sheriff
1918 The Bell Boy Cutie Cuticle, manicurist
1918 Moonshine Moonshiner's Daughter
1918 Good Night, Nurse! Crazy Woman
1919 Camping Out
1919 The Lion's Den Dorothy Stedman
1919 A Desert Hero Lost film
1919 Lombardi, Ltd. Norah Blake
1919 Blackie's Redemption Mary Dawson
1919 Full of Pep Felicia Bocaz
1920 The Misfit Wife Katie Malloy
1920 The Garage Undetermined RoleUncredited
1921 The Hole in the Wall Jean OliverLost film
1921 Over the Wire Kathleen Dexter
1922 More to Be Pitied Than Scorned Viola LorraineLost film
1922 Environment Sally 'Chicago Sal' Dolan
1922 I Am the Law Joan CameronUnknown/presumably lost
1923 Broken Hearts of Broadway Bubbles Revere
1923 Modern Matrimony Patricia Waddington
1923 The Unknown Purple Jewel Marchmont
1924 The Law and the Lady Marion Blake
1924 The Dancing Cheat 'Poppy' Marie Andrews
1925 The Price of Success Ellen Harden
1926 Broken Homes Arline
1926 The Truth About Men'Dora
1926 The Wives of the Prophet Judith
1926 The Hurricane The Wife
1927 The Angel of Broadway GoldieLost film
1927 Roaring Fires Sylvia SummersLost film
1928 Runaway Girls Agnes BradyLost film
1929 Untamed Justice Ann
1934 The Girl from Missouri Paige's ManicuristUncredited
1934 Babes in Toyland TownswomanUncredited
1935 Frisco Kid Undetermined RoleUncredited

Footnotes

  1. Ellenberger, Allan R. (May 2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 205. ISBN   978-0-7864-5019-0 . Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  2. "Alice Lake". Silent Hollywood. Retrieved 2023-04-06.
  3. Oderman, Stuart (2005). Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: A Biography Of The Silent Film Comedian, 1887-1933. McFarland. p. 88. ISBN   0-7864-2277-7.
  4. "Alice Lake". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-04-06.
  5. "Alice Lake Wed by Actor". Los Angeles Times. 26 March 1924. p. 22.
  6. Habambuhay: Remembering Philippine Cinema | Episode 1: Sandaan, Sangandaan , retrieved 2022-03-06
  7. "Silent Film Star Alice Lake Dies". Oakland Tribune. 17 November 1967. p. 22.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roscoe Arbuckle</span> American actor (1887–1933)

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was an American silent film actor, director, and screenwriter. He started at the Selig Polyscope Company and eventually moved to Keystone Studios, where he worked with Mabel Normand and Harold Lloyd as well as with his nephew, Al St. John. He also mentored Charlie Chaplin, Monty Banks and Bob Hope, and brought vaudeville star Buster Keaton into the movie business. Arbuckle was one of the most popular silent stars of the 1910s and one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, signing a contract in 1920 with Paramount Pictures for $1,000,000 a year.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Betty Compson</span> American actress (1897–1974)

Betty Compson was an American actress and film producer who got her start during Hollywood's silent era. She is best known for her performances in The Docks of New York and The Barker, the latter of which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">ZaSu Pitts</span> American actress (1894–1963)

ZaSu Pitts was an American actress who starred in many silent dramas, including Erich von Stroheim's epic 1924 silent film Greed, and comedies, transitioning successfully to mostly comedy films with the advent of sound films. She also appeared on numerous radio shows. Her career as an entertainer spanned nearly 50 years, and she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thelma Todd</span> American actress (1906–1935)

Thelma Alice Todd was an American actress and businesswoman who carried the nicknames "The Ice Cream Blonde" and "Hot Toddy". Appearing in about 120 feature films and shorts between 1926 and 1935, she is remembered for her comedic roles opposite ZaSu Pitts, and in films such as Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers and a number of Charley Chase's short comedies. She co-starred with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily. She also had roles in several Wheeler and Woolsey and Laurel and Hardy films, the last of which featured her in a part that was cut short by her sudden death in 1935 at the age of 29.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mabel Normand</span> American actress (1893–1930)

Amabel Ethelreid Normand, better known as Mabel Normand, was an American silent film actress, director and screenwriter. She was a popular star and collaborator of Mack Sennett in their Keystone Studios films, and at the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s had her own film studio and production company, the Mabel Normand Feature Film Company. On screen, she appeared in twelve successful films with Charlie Chaplin and seventeen with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, sometimes writing and directing films featuring Chaplin as her leading man. In the 1920s Normand's name was linked with scandal, including the 1922 murder of her friend, director William Desmond Taylor, and later the 1924 shooting of Courtland S. Dines. Dines had been shot by Normand's chauffeur Kelly using her pistol after a drunken Dines had allegedly said derogatory things to Normand. After police interrogation, she was ruled out as a suspect in the murder. Normand suffered a recurrence of tuberculosis in 1923, which led to a decline in her health, an early retirement from films in 1926, and her death in 1930 at age 36.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Virginia Rappe</span> Silent film actress and model (1891–1921)

Virginia Caroline Rappe was an American model and silent film actress. Working mostly in bit parts, Rappe died after attending a party with actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who was accused of manslaughter and rape in connection with her death, though he was ultimately acquitted of both charges.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gladys Brockwell</span> American actress (1894–1929)

Gladys Brockwell was an American actress whose career began during the silent film era.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Flora Finch</span> English actress

Flora Finch was an English-born vaudevillian, stage and film actress who starred in over 300 silent films, including over 200 for the Vitagraph Studios film company. The vast majority of her films from the silent era are currently classified as lost.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mack Swain</span> American actor

Mack Swain was a prolific early American film actor, who appeared in many of Mack Sennett’s comedies at Keystone Studios, including the Keystone Cops series. He also appeared in major features by Charlie Chaplin and starred in both the world's first feature length comedy and first film to feature a Movie-within-a-movie premise.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Blanche Sweet</span> American actress

Sarah Blanche Sweet was an American silent film actress who began her career in the early days of the motion picture film industry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Al St. John</span> American film actor (1892–1963)

Al St. John was an early American motion-picture comedian. He was a nephew of silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, with whom he often performed on screen. St. John was employed by Mack Sennett and also worked with many other leading players such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mabel Normand. His film career successfully transitioned from the silent era into sound, and by the late 1930s and 1940s he was working predominantly in Westerns, often portraying the scruffy comedy-relief character "Fuzzy Q. Jones". Among his notable performances in that role are in the "Billy the Kid" series of films released by the Producers Releasing Corporation from 1940 to 1946 and in that company's "Lone Rider" series from 1941 to 1943.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Louise Fazenda</span> American actress (1895–1962)

Louise Fazenda was an American film actress, appearing chiefly in silent comedy films.

<i>Curses!</i> 1925 film

Curses! is a 1925 American silent comedy film directed by Roscoe Arbuckle as William Goodrich and Grover Jones. Although Arbuckle was acquitted in the third trial for the death of Virginia Rappe, he could not obtain work in Hollywood under his own name, so he adopted the pseudonym William Goodrich for directing the comedy shorts he made under his contract with Educational Film Exchanges.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marceline Day</span> American actress

Marceline Day was an American motion picture actress whose career began as a child in the 1910s and ended in the 1930s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carter DeHaven</span> American actor, director and writer (1886–1977)

Carter DeHaven was an American film and stage actor, film director, and screenwriter.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thelma Hill</span> American actress

Thelma Hill was an American silent screen comedian and one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties.

<i>A Reckless Romeo</i> 1917 film

A Reckless Romeo is a 1917 American short silent comedy film directed by and starring Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.

<i>Windy Riley Goes Hollywood</i> 1931 film

Windy Riley Goes Hollywood is a 1931 American pre-Code short comedy film directed by Roscoe Arbuckle using the pseudonym of William Goodrich and starring Louise Brooks and Jack Shutta. Although Arbuckle was acquitted in the third trial for the death of Virginia Rappe, he could not obtain work in Hollywood under his own name, so he adopted the pseudonym William Goodrich for directing the comedy shorts he made under his contract with Educational Film Exchanges. The film is a loose adaptation of Kenneth Kling's comic strip Windy Riley.

<i>A Roman Scandal</i> (film) 1919 American film

A Roman Scandal is a 1919 American short silent comedy film starring Colleen Moore, and directed by Al Christie.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Alice Mann (actress)</span> American actor (1899–1986)

Alice Mann was an American silent film actress.

References

Further reading