Stars of the Photoplay, 1924
January 1, 1885
|Died||July 24, 1958 (aged 73)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery|
(m. 1909; died 1956)
Early life and career
Mabel Croft was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1885. Some sources give 1887 as her birthdate. Both of Croft's parents died when she was 2 years old, which resulted in her being raised by her grandfather and social worker grandmother.
Mabel Croft's first stage experience was at Salvation Army hall, where she played the tambourine to bring in donations. Raised in poverty, Croft was working as a dressmaker when a customer paid for her tuition to an industrial arts school. Croft never graduated, instead moving to New York to pursue a career in acting.
Ballin appeared in 28 films between 1917 and 1925. She achieved popularity during World War I.
She is best known for her role in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925). Other notable films she appeared in include The Glorious Adventure (1918), Jane Eyre (1921), and Vanity Fair (1923), in which she portrayed Becky Sharp.
- When Bobby Broke His Arm (1917)
- Bobby, Movie Director (1917)
- Bobby, Boy Scout (1917)
- Bobby's Bravery (1917)
- The Spreading Dawn (1917) *Lost film, only a fragment survives
- For Valour (1917)
- The Service Star (1918) *Lost film
- The Glorious Adventure (1918) *Lost film
- The Turn of the Wheel (1918) *Lost film
- Laughing Bill Hyde (1918) *Lost film
- The Danger Game (1918)
- The White Heather (1919)
- Lord and Lady Algy (1919) *Lost film
- The Illustrious Prince (1919)
- The Quickening Flame (1919)
- Under Crimson Skies (1920)
- Pagan Love (1920)
- Jane Eyre (1921)
- East Lynne (1921)
- The Journey's End (1921)
- Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 24 (1921)
- Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 9 (1922)
- Other Women's Clothes (1922)
- Married People (1922)
- Souls for Sale (1923)
- Vanity Fair (1923) *Lost film
- Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 10 (1924)
- Riders of the Purple Sage (1925)
- Code of the West (1925) *Lost film
- Barriers Burned Away (1925)
- Beauty and the Bad Man (1925)
- The Shining Adventure (1925)
- The Rainbow Trail (1925)
- Screen Snapshots, Series 5, No. 14 (1925)
- Dearinger, David Bernard; Design (U.S.), National Academy of (July 19, 2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. ISBN 9781555950293 – via Google Books.
- Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 9781476609058 – via Google Books.
- Doyle, Billy H.; Slide, Anthony (July 19, 1995). The Ultimate Directory of the Silent Screen Performers: A Necrology of Births and Deaths and Essays on 50 Lost Players. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810829589 – via Google Books.
- Vazzana, Eugene Michael (July 19, 1995). Silent Film Necrology: Births and Deaths of Over 9000 Performers, Directors, Producers, and Other Filmmakers of the Silent Era, Through 1993. McFarland. ISBN 9780786401321 – via Google Books.
- Liebman, Roy (July 19, 1996). Silent Film Performers: An Annotated Bibliography of Published, Unpublished and Archival Sources for Over 350 Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 9780786401000 – via Google Books.
- Wlaschin, Ken (July 19, 2009). The Silent Cinema in Song, 1896-1929: An Illustrated History and Catalog of Songs Inspired by the Movies and Stars, with a List of Recordings. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. ISBN 9780786438044 – via Google Books.
- Lowe, Denise (January 27, 2014). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930. Routledge. ISBN 9781317718970 – via Google Books.
- Lowe, Denise (2005). Encyclopedic dictionary of women in early American films: 1895-1930. Routledge. ISBN 9781317718970. OCLC 869641660.
- Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). McFarland & Company. p. 39. ISBN 9780786479924.
- "The Spreading Dawn (silent film)". allmovie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
- Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 238.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
- Hischak, Thomas S. (2012). American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and Their Adaptations. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. p. 19. ISBN 9780786492794.
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