The actress Imogene Robertson began her career in the USA where she worked as a teenage model. There she was spotted by Florenz Ziegfeld and he engaged her for his famous Follies show.
She soon had a huge success under her stage name Imogene Wilson. But her much promising career came to an end at the beginning when she had an intimate relationship with the married comedian Frank Tinney (his wife was the comedy star Edna Davenport). The affair was exploited as a sex scandal by the press.
Only when she was seriously hospitalized after a violent argument with Tinney the tabloids stopped their reporting. But her career was over for the moment and she was fired by Ziegfeld.
In order to flee from the negative press whe went to Germany where she
was able to launch a short but busy film career.
Finally she went back to the USA where the former scandal was forgotten.
She continued her film career unobtrusively with her new stage name Mary
Nolan turned out to be an outstanding capable leading actress.
But the unexpected great success came too fast for Mary Nolan and she
didn't be up to this stress. Her self-destructive bent broke out and she
suffered several nervous breakdowns. Her health declined due acute malnutrition
and different physical complaints.
When she turned to heroin this brought the end of her public life and
she disappeared in the anonymity. Only in 1948, when she died of cardiac
arrest at the age of 42, her name appeared in the headlines for a last
Other movies with Imogene Robertson/Mary