Rosemary Theby

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Rosemary Theby
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Stars of the Photoplay, 1916
Rose Masing

(1892-04-08)April 8, 1892
DiedNovember 10, 1973(1973-11-10) (aged 81)
Years active1911–1940
Spouse(s) Harry Myers(m.1915–1938; his death)
Truitt Hughes (m.1938)

Rosemary Theresa Theby (born Rose Masing, [1] April 8, 1892 November 10, 1973) was an American film actress. She appeared in some 250 films between 1911 and 1940.


Early life and career

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The Lemon in Their Garden of Love (1916)
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The Connecting Bath (1916)

The daughter of George and Katherine Masing, Theby was born in St. Louis, Missouri. [2] She studied at the Convent of St. Alphonsus in St. Louis [3] and at Sargent's School in New York City. [4] A contemporary newspaper account described her as being of "medium-height, well proportioned, with regular features and dark hair". [4]

Theby began working with Vitagraph studios in 1910. [1] Her first film experience came in that company's production of The Wager. [4] By 1915, she was a star for the Universal film company. [5] During World War I Theby took care of a refugee from Lithuania. After being educated and cared for by Theby, the young woman became her maid during an acute shortage of maids in Hollywood, in 1920. [6]

As Miss Corintee in The Great Love (1918), Theby played the part of a German spy with great skill. The film was written and directed by D.W. Griffith. [7] This was a vamp role which she began to play frequently after depicting characters in slapstick comedies. [4] Theby played a Chinese vampire in Clung, a Fox Film production directed by Emmett J. Flynn. [8] Later she began to portray more serious women. [4]

Theby was solely a film actress. She declined an offer to accompany Chauncey Olcott to appear on stage for $85 per week. At the time she was earning $125 weekly in movies. She later regretted her decision because of the experience she would have gained. [4]

Thelby's career included Westerns and serials. [2]

Personal life

Theby was married to fellow actor and director Harry Myers. [9] After Myers' death in 1938, [2] she married Truitt Hughes to whom she remained married until her death. She lived for years at 1907 Wilcox Avenue in Los Angeles. [10]

Theby supported Calvin Coolidge in the 1924 presidential election. Theby enjoyed playing golf, wore her hair in a Bob cut, and possessed a preoccupation with personal cleanliness. [11] On screen she appeared tall and willowy, entering a scene, according to one review in the Los Angeles Times, with a "sensuous glide". [12]

Theby died of circulatory shock on November 10, 1973, at the age of 81.

Selected filmography

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  8. Pleasure Trip For Stars, February 13, 1921, pg. III16.
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  12. What A Nice Vampire!, Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1924, pg. B9.