Mary Anderson (actress, born 1897)

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Mary Anderson
File:Mary Anderson, 1914.jpg
Born (1897-06-28)June 28, 1897
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died June 22, 1986(1986-06-22) (aged 88)
El Cajon, California, USA
Years active 1914–1923
Spouse(s) Pliny Goodfriend (?–1937)

Mary Anderson (June 28, 1897 – June 22, 1986) was an American actress, who appeared in 77 silent films between 1914 and 1923.


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Her Loving Relations (1916)

Anderson was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was educated at Erasmus Hall High School in the same city. Anderson also attended Holy Cross School and made her first appearance in public as a Grecian dancer at charity functions. Anderson had been seen in many productions since the day she first made her bow on the silver screen for Vitagraph Studios.

A popular player, she probably did her best work in Irvin Willat's feature production, The False Faces (1919), for release through Ince-Paramount. Anderson produced her own film, Bubbles (1920), which had a splendid reception by the public. She was four feet and eleven inches in height and weighed one hundred and five pounds, and had golden hair and blue eyes. She was an expert swimmer.[1]

She later worked for Famous Players-Lasky and Canyon Pictures.

Personal life/death

She was daughter of actress Nellie Anderson. She married cinematographer Pliny Goodfriend but they divorced in 1937. She died in El Cajon, California, six days before her 89th birthday.

Selected filmography


  1. Fox, Charles Donald; Milton L. Silver (1920). "Mary Anderson". Who's Who on the Screen. New York City: Ross Publishing.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Note: Not currently in copyright)

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