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    Mildred Harris

    • Mildred Harris
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      Harris, c. 1918-20
      Born (1901-11-29)November 29, 1901
      Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
      Died July 20, 1944(1944-07-20) (aged 42)
      Los Angeles, California, U.S.
      Cause of death Pneumonia
      Occupation Actress
      Years active 1912–1944
      Spouse(s) Charlie Chaplin
      (m. 1918; div. 1920)

      Everett Terrence McGovern
      (m. 1924; div. 1929)

      William P. Fleckenstein
      (1934–1944; her death)
      Children 2

      Mildred Harris (November 29, 1901 – July 20, 1944) was an American film actress during the early part of the 20th century. She was also the first wife of Charlie Chaplin. Harris began her career in the film industry as a child actress when she was 11 years old.

      Mildred Harris was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the daughter of Harry Harris, a telegraph operator, and Anna Parsons Foote. Harris made her first screen appearance at the age of 11 in the 1912 Francis Ford and Thomas H. Ince-directed Western short The Post Telegrapher. She followed the film with various juvenile roles, often appearing opposite child actor Paul Willis. In 1914, she was hired by The Oz Film Manufacturing Company to portray Fluff in The Magic Cloak of Oz and Button-Bright in His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz. In 1916, at the age of 15, she appeared as a harem girl in Griffith's epic Intolerance.

      In the 1920s Harris transitioned from child actress to leading lady roles opposite leading men such as Conrad Nagel, Milton Sills, Lionel Barrymore, Rod La Rocque and the Moore brothers, Owen and Tom. She appeared in Frank Capra's 1928 silent drama The Power of the Press with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Jobyna Ralston.


      Year Film Role Notes
      1912 The Post Telegrapher
      The Triumph of Right Their Little Daughter
      His Nemesis
      The Frontier Child A Frontier Child
      His Squaw
      His Sense of Duty
      1913 A Shadow of the Past
      The Wheels of Destiny
      The Miser
      The Drummer of the 8th
      A Child of War
      A True Believer
      The Seal of Silence
      Granddad Mildred
      Borrowed Gold
      1914 Romance of Sunshine Alley
      O Mimi San
      The Courtship of O San
      Wolves of the Underworld
      The Colonel's Orderly
      The Social Ghost Ethel
      Shadows of the Past
      A Frontier Mother
      The Sheriff of Bisbee
      Shorty and the Fortune Teller
      When America Was Young
      Mildred's Doll Mildred
      The Magic Cloak of Oz Princess Margaret 'Fluff' of Noland
      His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz Button-Bright, who is lost and doesn't care
      Jimmy Mary
      1915 The Lone Cowboy
      The Warrens of Virginia Betty Warren
      Enoch Arden A Child (uncredited)
      The Little Matchmaker Mildred
      The Little Soldier Man Mildred
      The Absentee Innocence
      A Rightful Theft
      The Old Batch First Adopted Daughter
      The Choir Boys
      The Little Lumberjack
      The Indian Trapper's Vindication Dorothy King - their Daughter
      1916 Hoodoo Ann Goldie survives; Library of Congress
      Intolerance Favorite of the Harem (uncredited), survives; many
      The Old Folks at Home Marjorie survives
      The Matrimaniac (uncredited), survives; Library of Congress, others
      The Americano Stenographer survives; Library of Congress, others
      1917 The Bad Boy Mary lost
      A Love Sublime Eurydice lost
      An Old Fashioned Young Man lost
      Time Locks and Diamonds Lolita Mendoza lost
      Golden Rule Kate Olive - Kate's sister survives; Library of Congress, Academy Film Archive
      The Cold Deck Alice Leigh print survives; Library of Congress, Cinematheque Francais
      The Price of a Good Time Linnie lost
      1918 The Doctor and the Woman Sidney Page lost
      Cupid by Proxy Jane Stewart print survives; Arc Du Boisy, Paris
      For Husbands Only Toni Wilde lost
      Borrowed Clothes Mary Kirk lost
      1919 When a Girl Loves Bess lost
      Home Millicent Rankin lost
      Forbidden 'Maddie' Irvin lost
      1920 Old Dad Daphne Bretton lost
      The Inferior Sex Allisa Randall lost (as Mildred Harris Chaplin)
      Polly of the Storm Country Polly lost (as Mildred Harris Chaplin)
      The Woman in His House Hilda lost (as Mildred Harris Chaplin)
      1921 Habit Irene Fletcher lost
      A Prince There Was Katherine Woods lost
      Fool's Paradise Rosa Duchene survives; Library of Congress
      1922 The First Woman The Girl lost
      1923 The Fog Madelaine Theddon lost
      The Daring Years Susie LaMotte lost
      1924 The Shadow of the East Gillian Locke lost
      By Divine Right The Girl lost
      Traffic in Hearts Alice Hamilton lost
      One Law for the Woman Polly Barnes print survives; private holding (abridgement)
      In Fast Company Barbara Belden print survives; Filmmuseum Amsterdam(EYE Institut)
      Unmarried Wives Princess Sonya print survives; Filmoteca Espanola (Madrid)
      Stepping Lively Evelyn Pendroy, the girl lost
      The Desert Hawk Marie Nicholls lost
      1925 Easy Money Blanche Amory survives;Library of Congress
      Flaming Love Chita lost
      Beyond the Border Molly Smith survives
      The Dressmaker from Paris Joan McGregor lost (per Lost Film Files)
      Super Speed Claire Knight survives; Library of Congress
      Private Affairs Amy Lufkin lost
      My Neighbor's Wife Inventor's Wife lost
      A Man of Iron Claire Bowdoin lost
      The Fighting Cub lost
      The Unknown Lover Gale Norman lost
      Soiled Pet Darling lost
      1926 Mama Behave Lolita Chase, Charlie's Wife survives
      The Isle of Retribution Lenore Hardenworth lost
      The Self Starter lost
      Dangerous Traffic Helen Leonard survives
      The Wolf Hunters lost
      The Mystery Club Mrs. Kate Vandeerveer lost (per Lost Film Files: Universal Pictures)
      Cruise of the Jasper B Agatha Fairhaven survives; Library of Congress
      1927 The Show Girl Maizie Udell survives; Library of Congress, UCLA Film and Television
      One Hour of Love Gwen lost (per Lost Film Files: Tiffany)
      Husband Hunters Cynthia Kane lost (per Lost Film Files: Tiffany)
      Wandering Girls Maxine lost (per Lost Film Files: Columbia Pictures)
      Wolves of the Air Marceline Manning lost
      Burning Gold lost
      She's My Baby Claire Daltour lost
      Rose of the Bowery lost
      The Swell-Head Kitty lost (per Lost Film Files: Columbia Pictures)
      Sumuru Helen Graham survives; Library of Congress
      Out of the Past Dora Prentiss lost
      The Adventurous Soul Miriam Martin survives; Library of Congress
      1928 The Last Lap lost
      Hearts of Men Alice Weston lost
      The Heart of a Follies Girl Florine lost
      Lingerie Mary print survives; BFI London
      The Speed Classic Sheila Van Hauten lost
      Melody of Love Madelon lost
      The Power of the Press Marie Weston survives
      1929 Side Street Bunny survives
      Sea Fury
      1930 No, No, Nanette Betty
      The Melody Man Martha
      Ranch House Blues
      1935 Lady Tubbs Society Woman (uncredited)
      The quiero con locura
      Never Too Late Mary Lloyd Hartley
      1936 Movie Maniacs Leading Lady
      Great Guy Bit Role (uncredited)
      1942 Reap the Wild Wind Dancing Lady (uncredited)
      Holiday Inn Woman (uncredited)
      (unconfirmed)
      1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady Minor role uncredited
      1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell Dutch nurse (uncredited)
      Fun Time Tillie (uincredited)
      Hail the Conquering Hero Wife of Marine Colonel (uncredited)
      1945 Having a Wonderful Crime Guest (uncredited)

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