Mabel Ballin

Photo: Albert Witzel (1879-1929)

1887 - 1958

The actress Mabel Ballin was born as Mabel Croft in Philadelphia. When she lost her mother at the age of two she grew up by her grand parents and in a Victorian environment. 
Later Mabel Ballin began an apprenticeship as a dressmaker. There she met a well-heeled client who carried her artistic talent and paid for an education in industrial art. 

It followed first exhibition but when Mabel Ballin developed the world of the theater a career in art was no longer a topic for her. She got a first engagement for the musical "Bankers and Brokers", later followed stage entrances in different plays. She joined the film business in 1917 and soon became a popular actress. 

She began her film career with the very popular serial with the film figur Bobby, impersonated by the child star Bobby Connelly. Connelly began his film career already at the age of three and when he died at the very early age of 13 in 1922 he had appeared in nearly 90 movies. To these movies with Mabel Ballin belong "When Bobby Broke His Arm" (17), "Bobby, Boy Scout" (17) and "Bobby's Bravery" (17), other movies were "The Spreading Dawn" (17), "The Danger Game" (18), "Laughing Bill Hyde" (18), "The White Heather" (19) and "The Illustrious Prince" (19).

Her last cinematical works came in the 20s into being, among the well-known productions like "East Lynne" (21), "Jane Eyre" (21), "Married People" (22), "Vanity Fair" (23), "Riders of the Purple Sage" (25), "Beauty and the Bad Man" (25) and "The Shining Adventure" (25).

Afterwards she retired from the film business.

Mabel Ballin was married with the artist, director and production designer Hugo Ballin.

Other movies mit Mabel Ballin:
Bobby, Movie Director (17) For Valour (17) The Service Star (18) The Glorious Adventure (18) The Turn of the Wheel (18) The Quickening Flame (19) Lord and Lady Algy (19) Under Crimson Skies (20) Pagan Love (20) The Journey's End (21) Other Women's Clothes (22) Barriers Burned Away (25) Code of the West (25)