Marguerite Clayton

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Marguerite Clayton
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Clayton in August 1917 issue of
Moving Picture World
Born(1891-04-12)April 12, 1891
DiedDecember 20, 1968(1968-12-20) (aged 77)
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Years active1909–1928
Spouse(s)Victor Bertrandias (m.?-1961; his death) [1]

Marguerite Clayton (born Margaret Fitzgerald [2] ; April 12, 1891 December 20, 1968) was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 179 films between 1909 and 1928, many of which were westerns with Broncho Billy Anderson and Harry Carey.

Silent film Film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system.

Gilbert M. "Bronco Billy" Anderson was an American actor, writer, film director, and film producer, who is best known as the first star of the Western film genre. He was a founder and star for Essanay studios. In 1958, he received a special Academy Award for being a pioneer of the movie industry.



Margaret Fitzgerald was born in Ogden, Utah on April 12, 1891 and attended St. Mary's Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. [3]

In 1909, Clayton made her first films, A Mexican's Gratitude and The Heart of a Cowboy, with Anderson. Her film career ended in 1928. [3]

Clayton died in Los Angeles, California in a road accident. She was buried with her husband Major General Victor Bertrandias in Arlington National Cemetery.

Selected filmography

Clayton with Bryant Washburn in The Promise Land, 1916 The Promise Land.jpg
Clayton with Bryant Washburn in The Promise Land, 1916
<i>His Regeneration</i> 1915 film by Broncho Billy Anderson

His Regeneration is a 1915 American comedy silent film made by Essanay Studios. It featured Charlie Chaplin in an uncredited role as a customer.

<i>Hit-The-Trail Holliday</i> 1918 film by Marshall Neilan

Hit-The-Trail Holliday is a lost 1918 silent comedy film directed by Marshall Neilan and starring George M. Cohan in filmization based on his 1915 Broadway play, Hit-the-Trail-Holiday. Cohan wrote the play for his brother-in-law Fred Niblo, who was soon to become a film director. Cohan produced the film in conjunction with Famous Players-Lasky. A film about Prohibition of Alcohol, directed by one of Hollywood's then biggest alcoholics.

<i>Inside the Lines</i> (1918 film)

Inside the Lines is a 1918 American silent thriller film directed by David Hartford and starring Lewis Stone, Marguerite Clayton and George Field. It was based on a play by Earl Derr Biggers, later remade as a 1930 sound film of the same title.

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  2. "Marguerite Clayton". IMDb. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  3. 1 2 Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN   9781476609058 . Retrieved July 27, 2017.
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