Ryan in 1921
Mary E. Ryan
November 11, 1885
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 2, 1948 (aged 62)|
Cranford, New Jersey, U.S.
Mary Ryan (November 11, 1885 – October 2, 1948)was an American stage and screen actress. She began acting as a child and was a popular young ingenue in the first decade of the twentieth century. She later made over 30 silent film shorts. She appeared in the 1906 hit play Brewster's Millions starring Edward Abeles. She was the leading lady to John Barrymore in his first breakout Broadway success, The Fortune Hunter (1909). In 1912 she signed with the Philadelphia-based Lubin Manufacturing Company to appear in their short films. She is not to be confused with actress Mary Nash who was also born as Mary Ryan.
Brewster's Millions is a play written by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley, based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. Producers Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy staged it on Broadway in 1906. The play is about a young man who must spend a million dollars that he has inherited in order to inherit many millions more.
Edward Abeles was an American actor. He appeared in 8 films between 1914 and 1918. Prior to working for Famous Players-Lasky, of which he was one of the founding members, he had a lengthy stage career behind him.
John Sidney Barrymore was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".
Ryan was married to Sam Forrest from 1908 until his death in 1944. She died October 2, 1948, from undisclosed causes, at age 62.
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