Mary MacLaren

Photo: Albert Witzel (1879-1929)

1896 - 1985

The actress Mary MacLaren was born as Mary MacDonald in Pittsburgh.

She already made her stage debut at the age of 18 besides the legendary Al Jolson for the plays "The Passing Show of 1914" and "Dancing Around", both at the Wintergarten in New York City.

It did not last long till the film business became aware of this athletic actress as well. In 1916 she made her screen debut with movies like "Saving the Family Name" (16), "Idle Wives" (16), "Shoes" (16) and "Wanted A Home" (16).

In the next years she appeared in movies like "Money Madness" (17), "Bread" (18), "Secret Marriage" (19), "The Unpainted Woman" (19) and "Bonnie Bonnie Lassie" (19).

She continued her cinematical work at the beginning of the 20s with "Rouge and Riches" (20), "The Wild Goose" (21), "The Three Musketeers" (21) with Douglas Fairbanks, "The Face in the Fog" (22), "The Uninvited Guest" (24) and "The Dark Swan" (24).

Afterwards she retired from the film business for several years and only returned in the 30s.

From now on she was normally engaged for very small roles in partly well-known movies.
To her most popular movies of the 30s belong "The Mystery Train" (31), "Her Bodyguard" (33), "The House of Rothschild" (34), "Charlie Chan's Courage" (34), "Cleopatra" (34), "Evelyn Prentice" (34), "Les MisÚrables" (35), "Age of Indiscretion" (35), "Bonnie Scotland" (35), "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (36), "Reunion" (36), "Sea Devils" (37), "Young Dr. Kildare" (38), "Union Pacific" (39) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (39).

She also remained limited to small roles in the next decade, to these productions belong "The Green Archer" (40), "Blossoms in the Dust" (41), "Stagecoach Express" (42), "Lady in the Dark" (44), "Kitty" (45) and "My Own True Love" (49).

Afterwards Mary MacLaren retired from the filmbusiness and travelled around with her husband.
Finally she fell into oblivion and financial problems led to a huge poverty and she lived under abject circumstances. Only when a reporter made public her destiny in his newspaper one remained her again and afterwards she was invited as a guest to silent movie festivals and reproductions of the old movies. 

Her sister was the also well-known actress Katherine MacDonald.

Other movies with Mary MacLaren:
Where Are My Children? (16) Her Bargain (17) The Mysterious Mrs. Musslewhite (17) The Plow Woman (17) A Model's Confession (18) The Vanity Pool (18) Creaking Stairs (19) The Amazing Wife (19) The Weaker Vessel (19) The Petal on the Current (19) The Pointing Finger (19) The Forged Bride (20) The Road to Divorce (20) Across the Continent (22) Outcast (22) On the Banks of the Wabash (23) Under the Red Robe (23) The Courageous Coward (24) The Phantom Broadcast (33) The Eagle and the Hawk (33) Professional Sweetheart (33) Desgraced! (33) Midnight Club (33) Rafter Romance (33) Headline Shooter (33) The Ninth Guest (34) I've Got Your Number (34) Journal of a Crime (34) Men in White (34) Registered Nurse (34) Merry Wives of Reno (34) The Key (34) Operator 13 (34) The Life of Vergie Winters (34) Whom the Gods Destroy (34) His Greatest Gamble (34) The Girl from Missouri (34) By Your Leave (34) Man's Best Friend (35) Clive of India (35) After Office Hours (35) Unwelcome Stranger (35) Alias Mary Dow (35) Saddle Aces (35) Ladies Crave Excitement (35) Escapade (35) The Call of the Wild (35) Westward Ho (35) Navy Wife (35) O'Shaughnessy's Boy (35) The New Frontier (35) Three Kids and a Queen (35) Harmony Lane (35) Tell Your Children (36) King of Burlesque (36) Chatterbox (36) The Return of Jimmy Valentine (36) Love on a Bet (36) King of the Pecos (36) Vamp Till Ready (36) Shirley Ahoi! (36) One Raniy Afternoon (36) Who's Looney Now (36) Theodora Goes Wild (36) What Becomes of the Children? (36) Under Cover of Night (37) Rich Relations (37) The Man Who Found Himself (37) The Woman I Love (37) Reckless Ranger (37) A Day at the Races (37) A Lawman Is Born (37) Stand-In (37) 52nd Street (37) The Big Broadcast of 1938 (38) Numbered Woman (38) Men in Fright (38) The Duke of West Point (38) Midnight (39) Sergeant Madden (39) Broadway Serenade (39) Man of Conquest (39) I Stole a Million (39) In Name Only (39) Ghost Valley Raiders (40) 'Til We Meet Again (40) Rocky Mountain Rangers (40) We Who Are Young (40) The Fargo Kid (40) Love Thy Neighbor (40) Misbehaving Husbands (40) The Saint in Palm Springs (41) Prairie Pioneers (41) Willie and the Mouse (41) Sunset in Wyoming (41) The Apache Kid (41) The Man Who Returned to Life (42) The Cyclone Kid (42) Sundet Serenade (42) The Leopard Man (43) Six Gun Gospel (43) Fighting Valley (43) Around the World (43) A Night of Adventure (44) Tomorrow, the World! (44) The Navajo Trail (45) Frontier Feud (45) Crossed Trails (48) Dream Girl (48)