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Auer phtographed in 1953
|Born||March 3, 1880|
Albany, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 14, 1962 82) (aged|
New York City, U.S.
Florence Auer (March 3, 1880 – May 14, 1962) was an American theater and motion picture actress whose career spanned more than five decades.
Born in Albany, New York, Auer began her career on East Coast stages at the turn of the 20th century. She began appearing in films shortly thereafter; her first film appearance was in the 1908 Wallace McCutcheon Jr directed comedy short The Sculptor's Nightmare opposite director D.W. Griffith. One of the original "Biograph Girls" (along with actress Marion Leonard), Auer would appear alongside such notable future directors as Griffith, Thomas H. Ince, Robert G. Vignola, Harry Solter and Mack Sennett in their early careers as actors. These early associations would help ensure Auer's longevity in films when the former actors became notable directors and often cast Auer in their later films.
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