Florence Auer

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Florence Auer

Auer photographed in 1953
Born Template:Birth date[1]
Albany, New York, U.S.[1]
Died Template:Death date and age[2]
New York City, U.S.[2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1907–1955

Florence Auer (March 3, 1880 – May 14, 1962)[3] was an American theater and motion picture actress whose career spanned more than five decades.[1]

Life and career

Born in Albany, New York, Auer began her career on East Coast stages at the turn of the 20th century. Her earliest known Broadway theatre performance was in a September 1907 production of The Ranger, produced by Charles Frohman at Wallack's Theatre.[4] Auer was among Frohman's stock theatre company of fourteen actors who would be brought into Vitagraph Studios as their first stable of prominent film actors around 1907.[5][6] She began appearing in films shortly thereafter; her first film appearance was in the 1908 Wallace McCutcheon Sr. directed comedy short The Sculptor's Nightmare opposite director D.W. Griffith. One of the original "Biograph Girls" (along with actresses Marion Leonard and Florence Lawrence),[6] 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.

During her early years as a motion picture actress, Auer would appear opposite such publicly popular actors of the early 20th century as: Florence Lawrence, Florence Turner, Maurice Costello, Owen Moore, Robert "Bobby" Harron and Julia Swayne Gordon.

Auer would appear in motion pictures until the 1950s, then transitioning to television before retiring. One of her last film appearances was in the 1951 comedy Love Nest, which starred a young Marilyn Monroe. Aside from acting, she also was a screenwriter for three early silent films: 1916's Edwin Carewe directed drama Her Great Price starring Mabel Taliaferro, 1917's John G. Adolfi directed drama A Modern Cinderella starring June Caprice and 1921's Her Mad Bargain, directed by Edwin Carewe and starring Anita Stewart and Arthur Edmund Carewe.[6]

She died in New York City, New York in 1962 at the age of 82.[2]

Partial filmography

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Liebman, Roy (2015). "Auer, Florence". Vitaphone Films: A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts. McFarland. p. 347. ISBN 9781476609362. https://www.google.com/books/edition/Vitaphone_Films/REaeCQAAQBAJ?pg=PA347. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Florence Auer, Acted in Stage and Films, 82". New York Times: p. 39. May 15, 1962. https://www.nytimes.com/1962/05/15/archives/florence-auer-acted-in-stage-and-films-82.html. 
  3. Vazzana, Eugene Michael (1995). Silent Film Necrology: Births and Deaths of Over 9000 Performers, Directors, Producers, and Other Filmmakers of the Silent Era, Through 1993. McFarland Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-0786401321. 
  4. "Wallack's. "The Ranger." Play in four acts by Augustus Thomas". The Theatre Magazine 7 (77): 259. July 1907. https://archive.org/stream/theatremagazine07newyuoft/theatremagazine07newyuoft_djvu.txt. 
  5. Tibbetts, John C. (1985). The American Theatrical Film: Stages of Development. Popular Press. pp. 39-40. ISBN 978-0879722890. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Shingler, Martin (2018). When Warners Brought Broadway to Hollywood, 1923-1939. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 47. ISBN 9781137406583. https://www.google.com/books/edition/When_Warners_Brought_Broadway_to_Hollywo/fexIDwAAQBAJ?pg=PA47. 

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