1843 - 1869, First Western Ladies.

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1. Zeffie Tilbury

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Zeffie Tilbury was born on November 20, 1863 in London, England as Zeffie Agnes Lydia Tilbury. She was an actress, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) and Camille (1921). She was married to L. E. Woodthorpe and Arthur Frederick Lewis. She died on July 24, 1950 in Los...

1863 - 1950, 86. London. California.

Granny Carson, Sheriff of Tombstone (1941). 1941. 78 years old.

2. Helen Dunbar

Actress | Romeo and Juliet

Helen Dunbar was born on October 10, 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Katheryn Burke Lackey. She was an actress, known for Romeo and Juliet (1916), Siege (1925) and The Great Moment (1921). She died on August 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1863 - 1933, 69.

4 westerns, 18-23. 55-60 years old.

The Call of the Canyon (1923). 1923.

3. Augustina López

Actress | The Wolf Song

Augustina López was born in 1843 in Sonora, Mexico. She was an actress, known for The Wolf Song (1929), El indio Yaqui (1927) and Redskin (1929). She died on June 13, 1932 in California, USA.

1843 - 1932, 89. Mexico. California.

5 westerns, 19-29. - 76-86 years old.

The Squaw, The Crow's Nest (1922). 1922.

4. Gertrude Claire

Actress | The Little Irish Girl

Claire made her stage debut at 16 and later played on the stage in New York with John Drew, Edwin Booth and Richard Mansfield. At one time, she managed her own stock company in Boston.

1852 - 1928, 75.

22 westerns, 10-26. - 58-74 years old.

Betty's Bandit (1912). 1912.

5. Kate Lester

Actress | The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Kate Lester was born on June 12, 1857 in Souldham Trope, England. She was an actress, known for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Gay Lord Quex (1919) and His Royal Highness (1918). She died on October 12, 1924 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Mrs. Gilmore, The Meddler (1925). 1925.

1857 - 1924, 67 UK. California.

6. May Robson

Actress | Bringing Up Baby

Born Mary Jeanette Robison. She was the youngest daughter of Henry Robison of Penrith, Cumberland, England and Julia Schelesinger of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Her father died in 1860 and her mother remarried. In 1866/67 they were living in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and moved ...

1858 - 1942, 84.

4 westerns, 26-40. - 68-82 years old.

The Texans (1938). 1938. 80 years old.

7. Josephine Crowell

Actress | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Josephine Crowell was a Canadian-born character actress. She appeared in vaudeville as early as 1879. On screen, she is best remembered for her dramatic portrayal of the mother in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), her comedic performances in Harold Lloyd's Speedy (1928) and Stan Laurel ...

1859 - 1932, 73. Canada. New York.

Lights of the Desert (1922). 1922. 63 years old.

8. Emily Fitzroy

Actress | The Bat

British born actress in American films. She made her film debut in 1915 with Dustin Farnum. She appeared in scores of silent films as a character actress, but reached her greatest prominence with the coming of sound. Fitzroy specialized in motherly and society women characters.

1860 - 1954, 93.

4 westerns, 26-38. 66-78 years old.

Hard Boiled (1926). 1926.

9. Helen Gilmore

Actress | Tom Sawyer

Helen Gilmore was born on January 4, 1862 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Antoinette Field. She was an actress, known for Tom Sawyer (1917), Huck and Tom (1918) and Big Red Riding Hood (1925). She died on November 16, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1862 - 1936, 74.

4 westerns, 15-22.

Jerusha Spriggins, Judge Her Not (1921). 1921.

10. Lule Warrenton

Actress | The College Orphan

Lule Warrenton was born on June 22, 1862 in Flint, Michigan, USA. She was an actress and director, known for The College Orphan (1915), Drugged Waters (1916) and Samson (1914). She died on May 14, 1932 in Laguna Beach, California, USA.

1862 - 1932, 69.

7 westerns, 13-19. 51-57 years old.

When a Man Rides Alone (1919). 1919.

11. Edythe Chapman

Actress | Bound in Morocco

Edythe Chapman was born in Rochester, New York on October 8, 1863. A stage actress who came upon movies late in life, she nonetheless made 97 motion pictures. She was 51 years old when she played in _Richelieu (1914)_. Edythe was one of the busier actresses in the early silent era appearing in as ...

Clara Hawkins, The Only Road (1918). 1918.

7 westerns, 17-22.

1863 - 1948, 85.

12. Ricca Allen

Actress | Life's Whirlpool

Ricca Allen was born on June 9, 1863 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was an actress, known for Life's Whirlpool (1917), The Power and the Glory (1918) and One Million B.C. (1940). She died on September 13, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1863 - 1949, 86. Canada. California.

Mrs. Buck Lennon, Speedy Meade (1919). 1919. 56 years old.

13. Jessie Ralph

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

Jessie Ralph was a sailor's daughter, who first came to the stage at the age of 16, performing with a stock company in either Boston, Massachusetts, or Providence, Rhode Island (accounts differ). The year was 1880, and it took Jessie another 26 years to make her debut on the Great White Way in "The...

1864 - 1944, 79.

Aunt Minetta, The Kid from Texas (1939). 1939.

4 westerns, 36-41.

14. Lydia Knott

Actress | Rocky Rhodes

Lydia Knott was born on October 1, 1866 in Tyner, Indiana, USA. She was an actress, known for Rocky Rhodes (1934), Luck in Pawn (1919) and As Ye Sow (1914). She died on March 30, 1955 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1866 - 1955, 88.

5 westerns, 29-37. - 63-71 years old.

Rocky Rhodes (1934). 1934.

15. Louise Lester

Actress | Calamity Anne's Dream

Louise Lester was born on August 8, 1867 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Louise M. Hartmann. She was an actress and writer, known for Calamity Anne's Dream (1913), Calamity Anne's Sacrifice (1913) and Calamity Anne, Detective (1913). She was married to Frank Beal and Jack Richardson. She died on ...

1867 - 1952, 85.

71 westerns, 11-25. - 44-58 years old.

Calamity Anne's Inheritance (1913). 1913.

16. Mrs. Tom Ricketts

Actress | The House of a Thousand Scandals

Mrs. Tom Ricketts was born on September 7, 1868 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Josephine Ditt. She was an actress, known for The House of a Thousand Scandals (1915), The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915) and Damaged Goods (1914). She was married to Tom Ricketts. She died on October 18, 1939 in ...

1868 - 1939, 71.

6 westerns, 10-15. - 42-47 years old.

The Castle Ranch (1915). 1915.

17. Lillian Hayward

Actress | The Child of the Sea

Lillian Hayward was born on October 22, 1868 in Napa County, California, USA as Lillian Hayward White. She was an actress, known for The Child of the Sea (1913), Etienne of the Glad Heart (1914) and The Black Orchid (1916). She was married to Francis Boggs. She died on June 13, 1947 in Chico, ...

1868 - 1947, 78.

4 westerns, 12-14. - 44-46 years old.

The Noisy Six (1913). 1913.

18. Eugenie Besserer

Actress | The Jazz Singer

Eugenie Besserer was born in Watertown, New York on Christmas Day of 1868. She was largely a silent film actress who made her debut in 1910's silent version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910). She was 42 at the time. For the most part Eugenie was a character actress, much in demand for filling in ...

1868 - 1934, 65.

15 westerns, 11-33. 43-65 years old.

Twisted Trails (1916). 1916.

19. Margaret Mann

Actress | Four Sons

Margaret Mann was born on April 4, 1868 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was an actress, known for Four Sons (1928), Black Beauty (1921) and The Law Rides (1936). She died on February 4, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1868 - 1941, 72. Scotland. California.

7 westerns, 30-37. - 62-69 years old.

The Phantom Rider (1936). 1936.

20. Ruby Lafayette

Actress | The Man Trap

Ruby Lafayette was born on July 22, 1844 in Augusta, Kentucky, USA. She was an actress, known for The Man Trap (1917), Beauty in Chains (1918) and Polly of the Storm Country (1920). She was married to John T. Curran. She died on April 3, 1935 in Bell, California, USA.

1845 - 1935, 90.

5 westerns, 18-24. - 73-79 years old.

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21. Anna Townsend

Actress | Grandma's Boy

Anna Townsend was born on January 5, 1845 in Utica, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Grandma's Boy (1922), Daddy (1923) and A Marked Man (1917). She died on September 11, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1845 - 1923, 78.

4 westerns, 14-21. - 69-76 years old.

Beyond the Trail (1921). 1921.

22. Jennie Lee

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

Jennie Lee was born on September 4, 1848 in Sacramento, California, USA as Mary Jane Lee. She was an actress, known for The Birth of a Nation (1915), Hearts of Oak (1924) and The Children Pay (1916). She was married to William Courtright. She died on August 5, 1925 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

1848 - 1925, 76.

11 westerns, 13-21. - 65-73 years old.

The Yaqui Cur (1913). 1913.

23. Clara Morris

Writer | A Pasteboard Crown

Clara Morris was born on March 17, 1848 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Clara La Montagne. She was an actress and writer, known for A Pasteboard Crown (1922), Mystic Faces (1918) and My Lady Friends (1921). She was married to Frederick C. Harriot. She died on November 19, 1925 in New Canaan, ...

1848 - 1925, 77. Canada. US.

Where Romance Rides (1925), 1925. 77 years old.

24. Clara T. Bracy

Actress | Wilful Peggy

Bracy started her career on the London stage in 1891. Married to concert tenor Henry Bracy, she produced operettas in Australia before going to the U.S. in 1910 to work under Charles Frohman. Bracy is known as one of the earliest film actresses and worked with Biograph and Kinemacolor Pictures.

25. Gertrude Norman

Actress | The Greene Murder Case

Gertrude Norman was born on May 19, 1848 in London, England. She was an actress, known for The Greene Murder Case (1929), Molly Make-Believe (1916) and The Pretty Sister of Jose (1915). She died on July 20, 1943 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1848 - 1943, 95. London. California.

The Plainsman (1936). 1936.

The Chief's Talisman (1911). 1911.

26. Sabra de Shon

Actress | Lure of the West

Sabra de Shon was born on February 9, 1850 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA as Sabra DeShon Vila. She was an actress, known for Lure of the West (1915). She died on September 20, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

1850 - 1917, 67.

Mrs. Morgan, Lure of the West (1915). 1915.

27. Laura La Varnie

Actress | Vanity Fair

Laura La Varnie was born on March 2, 1853 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as Laura Anderson. She was an actress, known for Vanity Fair (1923), The Bells (1926) and Raggedy Rose (1926). She was married to Frank La Varnie. She died on September 18, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1853 - 1939, 86.

3 westerns, 15-26. - 62-73 years old.

The Cowboy's Conquest (1915). 1915.

28. Ida Lewis

Actress | Some Pun'kins

Ida Lewis was born in May 1855 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Some Pun'kins (1925), Law of Fear (1928) and A Man's Man (1920). She died on April 21, 1935 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1855 - 1935, 77.

7 westerns, 13-14.

Molly's Mother, A Spartan Girl of the West (1913). 1913.

29. Effie Ellsler

Actress | Daddy Long Legs

Effie Ellsler was born on September 17, 1855 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Effie Elizabeth Ellsler. She was an actress, known for Daddy Long Legs (1931), The Actress (1928) and The Lady of Scandal (1930). She was married to Frank Weston. She died on October 8, 1942 in Hollywood, California, USA.

1955 - 1942, 87.

Granny Dunn, Drift Fence (1936). 1936. 81 years old.

30. Mathilde Brundage

Actress | Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

Mathilde Brundage was born on September 22, 1859 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She was an actress, known for Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917), My Boy (1921) and A Woman's Resurrection (1915). She died on May 6, 1939 in Long Beach, California, USA.

1859 - 1939, 79.

7 westerns, 23-27. - 64-68 years old.

Border Intrigue (1925). 1925. 66 years old.

31. Annie Oakley

Self | Actors' Fund Field Day

Annie Oakley was born on August 13, 1860 in Darke County, Ohio, USA as Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee. She was married to Frank E. Butler. She died on November 3, 1926 in Greenville, Ohio.

1860 - 1926, 66.

Annie Oakley (1894). 1894.

32. Kate Bruce

Actress | Gretchen the Greenhorn

A D.W. Griffith favorite matriarchal figure often playing mother characters. Kate Bruce appeared 292 times on the screen from 1908 to 1930, in movies including Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), The Idol Dancer (1920), Way Down East (1920), The Eternal Mother (1912), and ...

1860 - 1946, 86.

19 westerns, 08-19. 48-59 years old.

The Aunt, Scarlet Days (1919). 1919.

33. Eva Thatcher

Actress | The Blind Trail

Eva Thatcher was born on March 14, 1862 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blind Trail (1926), Blazing Days (1927) and The Law Forbids (1924). She died on September 28, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Ma Hemstetter, The Outlaw Express (1926). 1926

11 westerns, 24-27.

1862 - 1940, 80.

34. Mai Wells

Actress | His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

Mai Wells was born on April 1, 1862 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The New Wizard of Oz (1914), The Last Egyptian (1914) and Opened Shutters (1921). She died on August 1, 1941 in Los Angeles, California.

1862 - 1941, 79.

9 westerns, 13-14. - 51-52 years old.

Abide with Me (1914). 1914.

35. Adeline De Walt Reynolds

Actress | The Human Comedy

She survived the death of her husband in 1905, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and raising four children with no money. In 1926, when she was 64 she became one of the most mature freshman ever to enter the University of California. She graduated 6 years later with her B.A. degree. In 1940 she ...

1862 - 1961, 98.

6 westerns, 50-59. - 88-97 years old.

Stars in My Crown (1950). 1950.

Twenty-Four Hours at North Fork (1958). 1958.

36. Florence Lee

Actress | City Lights

Florence Lee was born in February 1864 in South Carolina, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for City Lights (1931), The Flame Fighter (1925) and Speed Mad (1925). She was married to Francis K. Lee and John Aleck Murrey. She died on February 17, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1864 - 1933, 69,

9 westerns, 19-28. - 55-64 years old.

The Devil's Partner (1926). 1926.

37. Olga D. Mojean

Actress | The Adorable Savage

Olga D. Mojean was born on May 10, 1864 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress, known for The Adorable Savage (1920), White Youth (1920) and The Fire Cat (1921). She died on June 2, 1957 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

1864 - 1957, 93.

The Line Runners (1920). 1920.

38. Lillian Castle

Actress | Lightning Triggers

Lillian Castle was born on July 4, 1864 in Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Lightning Triggers (1935). She died on April 24, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Minerva Thompson, Lightning Triggers (1935). 1935.

1864 - 1959, 94.

39. Mollie McConnell

Actress | Bare Fists

Mollie McConnell was born on September 24, 1865 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Bare Fists (1919), The Neglected Wife (1917) and Hearts and Masks (1921). She was married to William A. McConnell and Sherwood MacDonald. She died on December 9, 1920 in Los Angeles, California,...

1865 - 1920, 55.

5 westerns, 14-19. - 49-54 years old.

A Ticket to Red Horse Gulch (1914). 1914.

40. Lydia Yeamans Titus

Actress | David Garrick

Australian-born Lydia Yeamans came into the world aboard a ship going from Sydney to Melbourne. Both her parents were performers. Her mother, Annie Griffiths, appeared on the stage in Australia when she was ten years old. Annie joined the circus, and married a circus clown from New York named ...

1865 - 1929, 64.

16 westerns, 15-28. - 50-63 years old.

The Water Hole (1928). 1928.

41. Kate Toncray

Actress | Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Kate Toncray was born in 1867 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917), Martin Chuzzlewit (1914) and The Snowshoe Trail (1922). She died on December 6, 1927 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

1867 - 1927, 60.

6 westerns, 11-17. 44-50 years old.

Mrs. Farley, Hands Up! (1917). 1917.

42. Anna Dodge

Actress | The Kentucky Derby

Anna Dodge was born on October 18, 1867 in River Falls, Wisconsin, USA as Anna Vickers. She was an actress, known for The Kentucky Derby (1922), The White Medicine Man (1911) and The Rosary (1915). She was married to George Hernandez and Thomas Campbell Dodge. She died on May 4, 1945 in Los Angeles...

1867 - 1945, 77.

19 westerns, 11-24. - 44-57 years old.

Mrs. Murphy's Cooks (1915). 1915.

43. Marian Murray

Actress | The Trail of the Lost Chord

Marian Murray is an actress, known for The Trail of the Lost Chord (1913), The Dixie Winner (1916) and Fool's Gold (1916).

14 westerns, 1913.

Dr. Boynton, Taming a Cowboy (1913). 1913.

44. Louise Carver

Actress | The Big Trail

Louise Carver was born on June 9, 1869 in Davenport, Iowa, USA as Mary Louise Steiger. She was an actress and writer, known for The Big Trail (1930), The Man from Blankley's (1930) and Romeo and Juliet (1908). She was married to Tom Murray. She died on June 18, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.

The Big Trail (1930). 1930.

5 westerns, 24-37.

1869 - 1956, 87

45. Lillian Christy

Actress | Suspended Sentence

Lillian Christy is an actress, known for Suspended Sentence (1913), The Mute Witness (1913) and Where Destiny Guides (1913).

Mabel, Lonesome Joe (1913). 1913.

18 westerns, 11-14.



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