On This Day – January 19th

Natacha Rambova

Born Winifred Shaughnessy (later legally changed to Winifred Hudnut) on this day in 1897, Natacha Rambova was famous as a silent film costume and set designer. She also dabbled in acting, writing and producing. However, she is most famous for being heartthrob Rudolph Valentino’s second wife. She passed away in Pasadena of a heart attack on June 5, 1966 at the age of 69.

On This Day – January 12

Jane Novak

Jane Novak (Johana Barbara Novak) was born on this day in 1896 to Joseph and Barbara Novak. Her parents both immigrated to the United States from Bohemia, modern day Czech Republic. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri with her three sisters and two brothers. Her aunt was actress Anne Schaefer, who in 1915, invited Jane to come to California.

When she arrived in California, she met actor Frank Newburg. He took her to see her aunt who was performing in a Vitagraph production at the time. The director saw her and asked to her to be in a scene, she agreed and a star was born.  Her younger sister Eva soon joined her in California and she too began acting in films.

Jane and Frank  were married 1915. They had one daughter and divorced in 1920. The following year, she got engaged to the great western star William S. Hart, but that union never came to fruition. She never remarried.

In 1924 she and fellow actress Gertrude Ryan sailed for Europe, so that Jane could star in a British-German collaboration in Berlin called, The Blackguard (Die Prinzessin und der Geiger).  The film was written by Alfred Hitchcock and they became good friends.

Jane appeared in a few sound films, including a bit part in Alfred Hitchcock’s, Foreign Correspondent, in 1940.  In 1974, she published a cookbook comprised of her own recipes called, ‘Treasury of Chicken Cookery’.

She passed away in Woodland Hills, California on February 1, 1990 at the age of 94. Her sister Eva preceded her in death in 1988.

On This Day – January 8

On this day in 1928, silent screen comedian Raymond Griffith, known for his trademark silk top hat, married stage & screen star Bertha Mann.  This was one of those rare unions that stood the test of time. They were married 29 years, until Raymond’s death in 1957.

The Griffiths

Alice Day

Marceline and Alice Day2Name: Alice Day
Birth Name: Jacquiline Alice Newlin (There are numerous references online to this first name, but I have yet to find hard proof. The 1910 census lists her name as Alice.)
Born: November 7, 1906, CO
Father: UNKNOWN Newlin
Mother: Irene M. Freeman aka Irene Day (1886-1961)
Siblings: Silent screen actress Marceline Day
On-Screen Active Years: 1923-1932
She married wealthy broker, Jack Cohn, in an extravagant wedding in Santa Barbara in 1930. They had two children, Richard Buschke Cohn (1931-2002) and Gary Buschke Cohn (1933-living?). The union ended with a lengthy court battle over custody of the children and allocation of property. In 1953, Richard legally changed his name to Richard Newlin Day. Little seems to be known about her second husband. His surname was Hawkins and that is the name that Alice was using at the time of her death.
Started out as a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
WAMPAS Baby Star of 1928
Died: May 25, 1995, Orange, CA
Age: 89
Cause: natural causes
Interred: n/a
1932 Gold

1932 Two-Fisted Law

1932 Love Bound

1931 The Lady from Nowhere

1930 Viennese Nights

1930 Hot Curves

1930 Ladies in Love

1930 In the Next Room

1930 Melody Man

1929 The Love Racket

1929 The Show of Shows

1929 Little Johnny Jones

1929 Is Everybody Happy?

1929 Skin Deep

1929 Times Square

1929 Drag

1929 Red Hot Speed

1928 The Way of the Strong

1928 Phyllis of the Follies

1928 The Smart Set

1927 The Gorilla

1927 Night Life

1927 See You in Jail

1927 A Dozen Socks (Short)

1927 The Plumber’s Daughter (Short)

1927 Pass the Dumplings (Short)

1926 The Waiter from the Ritz

1926 Kitty from Killarney (Short)

1926 Hesitating Horses (Short)

1926 His New York Wife

1926 Should Husbands Marry? (Short)

1926 The Perils of Petersboro (Short)

1926 Her Actor Friend (Short)

1926 Alice Be Good (Short)

1926 Puppy Lovetime (Short)

1926 The Ghost of Folly (Short)

1926 A Love Sundae (Short)

1926 Spanking Breezes (Short)

1926 Gooseland (Short)

1926 Hot Cakes for Two (Short)

1925 Hotsy-Totsy (Short)

1925 The Soapsuds Lady (Short)

1925 A Sweet Pickle (Short)

1925 Love and Kisses (Short)

1925 Cold Turkey (Short)

1925 Tee for Two (Short)

1925 Bashful Jim (Short)

1925 The Beloved Bozo (Short)

1925 Honeymoon Hardships (Short)

1925 The Plumber (Short)

1925 The Sea Squawk (Short)

1924 Off His Trolley (Short)

1924 The Reel Virginian (Short)

1924 Riders of the Purple Cows (Short)

1924 Little Robinson Corkscrew (Short)

1924 East of the Water Plug (Short)

1924 The First 100 Years (Short)

1924 Romeo and Juliet (Short)

1924 His New Mamma (Short)

1924 The Cat’s Meow (Short)

1924 Flickering Youth (Short)

1924 Shanghaied Lovers (Short)

1924 Secrets

1924 Picking Peaches (Short)

1923 My Pal (Short)

1923 The Temple of Venus

Alice Day

Marceline Day

Sisters Alice and Marceline Day

Sisters Alice and Marceline

Name: Marceline Day

Birth Name: Marceline Newlin
Born: April 24, 1908, Colorado Springs, CO
Father: UNKNOWN Newlin
Mother: Irene M. Freeman (1886-1961)
Siblings: Silent screen actress Alice Day
On-Screen Active Years: 1924-1933
She married fur dealer, Arthur J. Klein in 1931. After divorcing him, it is reported that she married John Arthur in 1959. I can’t find any records regarding this marriage. She reportedly never had children. Marceline was very private about her personal life and didn’t grant interviews after she retired from acting in 1933.
WAMPAS Baby Star of 1926
Died: February 16, 2000, Cathedral City, CA
Age: 91
Cause: natural causes
Interred: cremated
 1933 The Fighting Parson

1933 By Appointment Only

1933 The Flaming Signal

1933 Damaged Lives

1933 The Telegraph Trail

1933 Via Pony Express

1932 The Crusader

1932 The King Murder

1932 Broadway to Cheyenne

1932 Arm of the Law

1932 The Fighting Fool

1931 The Pocatello Kid

1931 The Mad Parade

1931 The Mystery Train

1931 The Sky Raiders

1930 Paradise Island

1930 Hot Curves

1930 Sunny Skies

1930 Temple Tower

1930 The Voice of Hollywood No. 9 (Short)

1929 The Show of Shows

1929 The One Woman Idea

1929 The Wild Party

1929 Trent’s Last Case

1929 A Single Man

1928 Stolen Love

1928 Restless Youth

1928 Driftwood

1928 Freedom of the Press

1928 The Cameraman

1928 Detectives

1928 A Certain Young Man

1928 The Big City

1928 Under the Black Eagle

1927 London After Midnight

1927 The Road to Romance

1927 Captain Salvation

1927 Rookies

1927 Red Clay

1927 The Beloved Rogue

1926 College Days

1926 That Model from Paris

1926 Fools of Fashion

1926 The Gay Deceiver

1926 The Boy Friend

1926 Looking for Trouble

1926 The Barrier

1926 Hell’s Four Hundred

1926 Western Pluck

1925 The Splendid Road

1925 The Wall Street Whiz

1925 The White Outlaw

1925 The Party (Short)

1925 His New Suit (Short)

1925 Short Pants (Short)

1925 Discord in ‘A’ Flat (Short)

1925 Heart Trouble (Short)

1925 Renegade Holmes, M.D.

1925 The Taming of the West

1924 The Hansom Cabman (Short)

1924 The Luck o’ the Foolish (Short)

1924 Black Oxfords (Short)

1924 Picking Peaches (Short)

Marceline Day

Dorothy Dwan

Dorothy DwanName: Dorothy Dwan
Birth Name: Dorothy Belle Ilgenfritz
Born: April 26, 1906, Sedalia, MO
Father: Charles Melvin Ilgenfritz (1885-1942)
Mother: Nancy Dorothy Wallace (1886-1943)
Siblings: none
On-Screen Active Years: 1922-1930
She married actor/comedian Larry Semon in 1925 and they were married until his death in October of 1928. She married Paul Northcutt Boggs Jr. in 1930. They had one son together, Paul Worthcott Boggs (later know as Paul Boggs Crikelair) (1931-2010). She and Boggs divorced in 1935. Her last husband was Fred Buckels. Not much is known about this marriage, but it is reported to have ended in divorce. Her legal name when she died was Dorothy Buckels.
She took her stage name from silent film director Allan Dwan, whose work she apparently admired.
Died: March 17, 1981, Ventura, CA
Age: 74
Cause: lung cancer
Interred: n/a
1930 The Fighting Legion

1930 Hide-Out

1929 The Drifter

1929 The Peacock Fan

1929 The California Mail

1929 The Devil Bear

1928 Out with the Tide

1928 Obey Your Husband

1928 The Virgin Queen (Short)

1928 Riders of the Dark

1928 Square Crooks

1927 Silver Valley

1927 Tumbling River

1927 The Land Beyond the Law

1927 Spuds

1927 The Princess on Broadway

1927 Hills of Kentucky

1927 McFadden’s Flats

1926 The Canyon of Light

1926 A Captain’s Courage

1926 The Great K & A Train Robbery

1926 The Call of the Klondike

1926 The Dangerous Dude

1926 Perils of the Coast Guard

1926 Stop, Look and Listen

1925 My Best Girl

1925 The Perfect Clown

1925 Bashful Buccaneer

1925 The Cloudhopper (Short)

1925 The Dome Doctor (Short)

1925 The Wizard of Oz

1925 The Parasite

1924 Breed of the Border

1924 Kid Speed (Short)

1924 Her Boy Friend (Short)

1924 Sinners in Silk

1924 The Enemy Sex

1924 Those Who Dance (uncredited)

1922 The Silent Vow

Dorothy Dwan

Alma Rubens

Alma RubensName: Alma Rubens
Birth Name: Alma Genevieve Rueben
Born: February 19, 1897, San Francisco, CA
Father: John Rueben (1868-1916)
Mother: Theresa Hayes (1871-1940)
Siblings: Hazel Rueben (ca. 1892-1968)
Active On-Screen Years: 1913-1929
Married silent film actor Franklyn Farnum (1878-1961) in 1918 and they divorced in 1919. She then married screenwriter/film producer Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman (1881-1957) in 1923 and they divorced in 1925. She married silent film actor Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977) in 1926 and remained married to him until her death in 1931.
She became addicted to morphine in the mid 1920’s. This addiction resulted in treatments at multiple sanatariums. She made headlines in 1929 when she attempted to stab a nurse and threatened to kill herself. This addiction ended her career and effectively ended her life.
At the time of her death, she was in the process of suing for divorce from Ricardo Cortez.
Died: January 22, 1931, Los Angeles, CA
Age: 33
Cause: pneumonia
Interred: Ararat Cemetery, Fresno, CA
1913      Banzai

1914      Narcotic Spectre

1914      The Gangsters and the Girl

1915      The Birth of a Nation

1915      The Lorelei Madonna

1915      Peer Gynt

1915      A Woman’s Wiles

1916      Reggie Mixes In

1916      The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

1916      The Half-Breed

1916      Judith of the Cumberlands

1916      Intolerance

1916      The Children Pay

1916      The Americano

1917      Truthful Tolliver

1917      A Woman’s Awakening

1917      An Old Fashioned Young Man

1917      Master of His Home

1917      The Cold Deck

1917      The Firefly of Tough Luck

1917      The Regenerates

1917      The Gown of Destiny

1918      I Love You

1918      The Answer

1918      The Love Brokers

1918      Madame Sphinx

1918      The Painted Lily

1918      False Ambition

1918      The Ghost Flower

1919      Restless Souls

1919      Diane of the Green Van

1919      A Man’s Country

1920      Humoresque

1920      The World and His Wife

1920      Thoughtless Women

1922      Find the Woman

1922      The Valley of Silent Men

1923      Enemies of Women

1923      Under the Red Robe

1924      Week End Husbands

1924      The Rejected Woman

1924      Cytherea

1924      The Price She Paid

1924      Gerald Cranston’s Lady

1924      Is Love Everything?

1925      The Dancers

1925      She Wolves

1925      A Woman’s Faith

1925      Fine Clothes

1925      The Winding Stair

1925      East Lynne

1926      The Gilded Butterfly

1926      Siberia

1926      Marriage License?

1927      One Increasing Purpose

1927      Heart of Salome

1928      The Masks of the Devil

1929      Show Boat

1929      She Goes to War

Alma Rubens