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Viola Dana (1897-1987)

Dainty, popular silent film star Viola Dana was born Virginia Flugrath in Brooklyn, New York on June 26th, 1897, and she was educated in the public schools in that city. Her two sisters also became actresses, one performing in silents, going by the name of Shirley Mason. Viola became a stage actress in her early teen years, and won the title part in the Belasco stage production of "The Poor Little Rich Girl", which later proved to be a big hit silent film for Mary Pickford. Viola started her feature film work at age seventeen with the Edison Company, with a lead role in "Molly The Drummer Boy" (1914), and then worked tirelessly in many silents for Edison, and also for comedies with Mack Sennett, for Metro, First National, Apollo Pictures, Screen Classics, and the Robertson-Cole Pictures Corporation.

Viola's first husband, John Collins, was a film director who died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Viola remarried again in 1925, to the actor Maurice 'Lefty' Flynn, but the marriage dissolved in 1929. She did not remarry, and left the business when sound came in, unwilling to deal with the new medium. The last filmed public appearance for Viola came in 1987, when she gave an interview at age 90, for the Buster Keaton documentary "A Hard Act To Follow". It was wonderful to see her, she looked so sweet, but she unfortunately died shortly thereafter of a heart attack, on July 3rd, 1987, in Woodland Hills, California. ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

Viola Dana's Silent Films

One Splendid Hour (1929) .... Bobbie Walsh
... aka Her Mad Adventure (1929) (UK)
Two Sisters (1929) .... Jean/Jane

Viola Dana, Silent Movie Star - goldensilents.com

That Certain Thing (1928) .... Molly Kelly
Lure of the Night Club (1927) .... Mary Murdock
Naughty Nanette (1927) .... Nanette Pearson
Salvation Jane (1927) .... Salvation Jane
Home Struck (1927) .... Barbara Page
Bred in Old Kentucky (1926) .... Katie O'Doone
Silent Lover, The (1926) .... Scadsza
Ice Flood, The (1926) .... Marie O'Neill
Kosher Kitty Kelly (1926) .... Kitty Kelly
Bigger Than Barnum's (1926) .... Juanita Calles
Wild Oats Lane (1926) .... Marie, the Girl
Great Love, The (1925) .... Minette Bunker
Winds of Chance (1925) .... Rouletta Kirby
Necessary Evil, The (1925) .... Shirley Holmes
Forty Winks (1925) .... Eleanor Butterworth
As Man Desires (1925) .... Pandora La Croix
Along Came Ruth (1924) .... Ruth Ambrose
Merton of the Movies (1924) .... Sally Montague, 'Flips'
Open All Night (1924) .... Thére'se Duverne
... aka One Parisian Night (1924) (UK)
Revelation (1924) .... Joline Hofer
Beauty Prize, The (1924) .... Connie Du Bois
Don't Doubt Your Husband (1924) .... Helen Blake
Heart Bandit, The (1924) .... Molly O'Hara
Noise in Newboro, A (1923) .... Martha Mason
In Search of a Thrill (1923) .... Ann Clemance
Social Code, The (1923) .... Babs Van Buren

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Rouged Lips (1923) .... Norah MacPherson
Hollywood (1923) .... Cameo appearance
... aka Joligud (1923)
Her Fatal Millions (1923) .... Mary Bishop
Crinoline and Romance (1923) .... Miss Emmy Lou
Love in the Dark (1922) .... Mary Duffy
June Madness (1922) .... Clytie Whitmore
Five Dollar Baby, The (1922) .... Ruth
They Like 'Em Rough (1922) .... Katherine
Seeing's Believing (1922) .... Diana Webster
Glass Houses (1922) .... Joy Duval
Fourteenth Lover (1922) .... Vi Marchmont
There Are No Villains (1921) .... Rosa Moreland
Match-Breaker, The (1921) .... Jane Morgan
Life's Darn Funny (1921) .... Zoe Roberts
Home Stuff (1921) .... Madge Joy
Puppets of Fate (1921) .... Sorrentina Palombra
Off-Shore Pirate, The (1921) .... Ardita Farnam
Cinderella's Twin (1920) .... Connie McGill
Blackmail (1920) .... Flossie Golden
Chorus Girl's Romance, The (1920) .... Marcia Meadows
Dangerous to Men (1920) .... Eliza
Willow Tree, The (1920) .... O-Riu
Please Get Married (1919) .... Muriel Ashley
Microbe, The (1919) .... Happy O'Brien, The Microbe
Some Bride (1919) .... Patricia Morley
False Evidence (1919) .... Madelon MacTavish
Parisian Tigress, The (1919) .... Jeanne
Satan Junior (1919) .... Diana Ardway
Gold Cure, The (1919) .... Annice Paisch
Flower of the Dusk (1918) .... Barbara North
Opportunity (1918) .... Mary Willard
Only Road, The (1918) .... Nita
Riders of the Night (1918) .... Sally Castleton
Breakers Ahead (1918) .... Ruth Bowman
Weaver of Dreams, A (1918) .... Judith Sylvester
Winding Trail, The (1918) .... Audrey Graham
Blue Jeans (1917) .... June
Girl Without a Soul, The (1917) .... Unity Beaumont/Priscilla Beaumont
Aladdin's Other Lamp (1917) .... Patricia Smith (Patsy)
God's Law and Man's (1917) .... Ameia
Mortal Sin, The (1917) .... Jane Anderson
Rosie O'Grady (1917) .... Rosie O'Grady
Threads of Fate (1917) .... Dorothea
Lady Barnacle (1917) .... Lakshima
Cossack Whip, The (1916) .... Darya
Gates of Eden, The (1916) .... Eve/Evelyn
Light of Happiness, The (1916) .... Tangletop
Flower of No Man's Land, The (1916) .... Echo
Innocence of Ruth, The (1916) .... Ruth Travers
Lena (1915)
Portrait in the Attic, The (1915)
Slavey Student, The (1915)
Children of Eve (1915) .... Fifty-Fifty Mamie
... aka Fifty-Fifty Mamie (1915) (USA)
Gladiola (1915) .... Gladiola Bain
On Dangerous Paths (1915) .... Eleanor Thurston
Cohen's Luck (1915) .... Minnie Cohen
House of the Lost Court, The (1915) .... Dolores Edgerton
Blind Fiddler, The (1914)
Molly the Drummer Boy (1914) .... Molly
Who Goes There? (1914)
Lord and the Peasant, The (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
How Father Accomplished His Work (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
Children Who Labor (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
Christmas Carol, A (1910) (uncredited)

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