Mary Alden (1883–1946)

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Mary Maguire Alden was born in New York City on June 18, 1883. She appeared in her first film when she was 31 years old in the production of The Second Mrs. Roebuck (1914). From that point on, Mary was kept very busy in the studios in New York. When the film companies moved west, Mary went with them. She continued her torrid pace in filmmaking. ... See full bio »

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The Earth Woman Martha Tilden (The Earth Woman)
The Birth of a Nation Lydia Brown - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper
Snowblind Bella
When a Girl Loves The Czarina


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 1937 That I May Live
Woman in Auto Camp (uncredited)
 1936 Career Woman
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1936 Legion of Terror
Accident Onlooker (uncredited)
 1936 Gentle Julia
Aunt (uncredited)
 1935 The Great Hotel Murder
Mrs. Harvey (uncredited)
 1935 One More Spring
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Natasha's Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
 1932 Strange Interlude
 1932 When a Feller Needs a Friend
Mrs. Higgins (uncredited)
 1932 Hell's House
Lucy Mason (uncredited)
 1931 Politics
Mrs. Mary Evans
 1931 The Bad Sister
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1928 Someone to Love
Harriet Newton
 1928 The Sawdust Paradise
 1928 The Cossacks
Lukashka's Mother
 1928 Ladies of the Mob
Soft Annie
 1928 Fools for Luck
Mrs. Hunter
 1927 Twin Flappers
 1927 The Joy Girl
Mrs. Courage
 1927 The Potters
Ma Potter
 1926 April Fool
Amelia Rosen
 1926 Lovey Mary
Mrs. Wiggs
 1926 Brown of Harvard
Mrs. Brown
 1926 The Earth Woman
Martha Tilden (The Earth Woman)
 1925 The Plastic Age
Mrs. Carver
 1925 Soiled
Mrs. Brown
 1925 The Unwritten Law
Miss Grant
 1925 Under the Rouge
Martha Maynard
 1925 The Happy Warrior
Aunt Maggie
 1925 Faint Perfume
Ma Crumb
 1925 Siege
Aunt Augusta Ruyland
 1924 The Beloved Brute
 1924 Babbitt
Mrs. Myra Babbitt
 1924 When a Girl Loves
The Czarina
 1924 A Fool's Awakening
 1924 Painted People
Mrs. Bryne
 1923 Pleasure Mad
Marjorie Benton
 1923 The Eagle's Feather
Delia Jamiesoon
 1923 The Steadfast Heart
Mrs. Burke
 1923 The Empty Cradle
Alice Larkin
 1923 The Tents of Allah
 1923 Has the World Gone Mad!
Mrs. Bell
 1922 Disposing of Mother (Short)
Mother Mansfield
 1922 The Bond Boy
Mrs. Newboat
 1922 Notoriety
Ann Boland
 1922 A Woman's Woman
Densie Plummer
 1922 The Hidden Woman
Mrs. Randolph
 1922 Man with Two Mothers
Widow O'Neill
 1921 The Old Nest
Mrs. Anthon
 1921 Snowblind
 1921 The Witching Hour
Helen Whipple
 1920 Silk Husbands and Calico Wives
Edith Beecher Kendall
 1920 Honest Hutch
Mrs. Hutchins
 1920 Milestones
Rose Sibley
 1920 Miss Nobody
Jason's Wife
 1920 Parted Curtains
Mrs. Masters
 1920 The Inferior Sex
Clarissa Mott-Smith
 1919 Erstwhile Susan
Erstwhile Susan
 1919 The Broken Butterfly
Zabie Elliot
 1919 The Unpardonable Sin
Mrs. Parcot
 1919 Common Clay
Mrs. Neal
 1918 The Narrow Path
Margaret Dunn
 1918 The Naulahka
Prince's Mother
 1917 The Land of Promise
Gertie Marsh
 1917 The Argyle Case
Nellie Marsh
 1916 Less Than the Dust
Mrs. Bradshaw
 1916 The Narrow Path
Shirley Martin
 1916 Pillars of Society
Lona Tonnesen
 1916 Hell-to-Pay Austin
Doris Valentine
 1916 An Innocent Magdalene
The Woman
 1916 Macbeth
Lady Macduff
 1916 The Good Bad-Man
Jane Stuart
 1916 Acquitted
Mrs. Carter
 1915 Her Mother's Daughter (Short)
Marie's Mother
 1915 The Lily and the Rose
Cousin Clara Fairfax
 1915 Bred in the Bone (Short)
 1915 Ghosts
Helen Arling - the Wealthy Heiress
 1915 A Man's Prerogative
Elizabeth Towne
 1915 The Outcast
The Girl's Mother
 1915 The Slave Girl (Short)
Sally - a Yellow Girl
 1915 The Lucky Transfer (Short)
Helen Holland
 1915 The Birth of a Nation
Lydia Brown - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper
 1915/II What Might Have Been (Short)
Aunt Sarah
 1914 The Old Fisherman's Story (Short)
The Gypsy
 1914 In Fear of His Past (Short)
Mary Jennings
 1914 The Old Maid (Short)
The Other Woman
 1914 Another Chance (Short)
Mrs. Mason
 1914 The Little Country Mouse (Short)
Dorothy's Cousin - the Hostess
 1914 A Woman Scorned (Short)
Mag - Mrs. Williams - the Woman Scorned
 1914 The Wrong Prescription (Short)
A Nurse
 1914 The Unpainted Portrait (Short)
Marion Page
 1914 The Milkfed Boy (Short)
The Widow Brown
 1914 The Second Mrs. Roebuck (Short)
Katherine Roebuck
 1914 A Red Man's Heart (Short)
Dill's Squaw
 1914 The Vengeance of Gold (Short)
Mary Lee
 1914 The Weaker Strain (Short)
 1914 The Severed Thong (Short)
Margaret MacDonald - the Trapper's Wife
 1914 Lord Chumley (Short)
Jessie - Butterworth's Sweetheart
 1914 The Double Knot (Short)
The Prospector's Sweetheart
 1914 For the Sake of Kate (Short)
 1914 The Lover's Gift (Short)
Daphne Dore
 1914 Home, Sweet Home
The Mother
 1914 Dad's Outlaws (Short)
The Sheriff's Wife
 1914/I The Quicksands (Short)
 1914 Cigar Butts (Short)
 1914 The Stiletto (Short)
Mrs. Carl Bronte
 1914 The Godfather (Short)
The Girl
 1914 The Battle of the Sexes
Mrs. Frank Andrews
 1913 The Worker (Short)
The Worker's Wife
 1913 Love and Gold (Short)
Mary Benson
 1913 I Should Worry (Short)
 1913 A Dog-Gone Baron (Short)
The Newspaper Reporter
 1913 Man and Woman (Short)
Mrs. James Clark
 1913 The Grip of Jealousy (Short)
The Wife
 1913 The Dividing Line (Short)
The Wife
 1913 The Better Way (Short)
Mary Denver - the Wife
 1911 A Brass Button (Short)
Mrs. Lowden
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If I had to stand up before an audience and be just Mary Alden, I should be helpless from embarrassment and self-consciousness. It's only because I can pretend to be someone else that I am able to play at all.


Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1910. Among her classmates were director Paul Bern (who was murdered by his first wife just after marrying Jean Harlow) and actors Tom Powers and George Shelton. William C. de Mille, whose father named the Academy when he was a teacher there, spoke at the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 1910. He and his brother Cecil ... See more »

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