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Claire Adams

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Years active  1912-1963

Name  Claire Adams
Claire Adams

Born  24 September 1898 (1898-09-24) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died  25 September 1978(1978-09-25) (aged 80) Melbourne, Australia
Spouse(s)  Benjamin B. Hampton (1924-1932) (his death) Donald John Scobie Mackinnon (1932-1974) (his death)

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Claire Adams (24 September 1898 – 25 September 1978) was a Canadian silent film actress and benefactor.


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Early years

She was born on 24 September 1898 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the daughter of Stanley Wells Adams, a Welsh-born accountant, and his Canadian wife, Lillian Adams (née Kennedy). Educated in Canada and England, Her parents divorced when Adams was a child, but the family was reunited two decades later when Adams and her mother went to live with Adams' father and her stepmother.

Adams worked briefly as a nurse with the Red Cross during World War I. (An article published in The Salina Evening Journal 25 December 1920 says, "During the war she became a nurse in a Detroit hospital, training for the Red Cross, but at the end of a year her health was broken down and she was sent home.)


In 1920 Adams signed a five-year contract with Benjamin Bowles Hampton, a Hollywood producer and her future husband. She later moved to California where she acted in more than 40 silent films, including melodramas, comedies and westerns.

Described as "patricianly beautiful," Adams worked with many of Hollywood's leading actors, including Adolphe Menjou, Tom Mix, Wallace Beery, and Lon Chaney. In 1923 she was Rin Tin Tin's leading lady in Where the North Begins, which was a huge success and is often credited with saving Warner Bros. from bankruptcy. She later maintained that Rin Tin Tin was her "favourite leading man."

Her best-known film was The Big Parade, the second largest grossing silent film in cinematic history. It was directed by King Vidor and Adams starred alongside John Gilbert. Perhaps her most memorable role came in 1920 as Barbara, the artist who helps humanize the crippled crime boss played by Lon Chaney in The Penalty.

Personal life

Adams married film producer Benjamin B. Hampton in Hollywood on 18 September 1924. They had no children. He died in 1932 leaving her very wealthy. Later that year Adams met Scobie Mackinnon, the second son of L.K.S. Mackinnon, at a party in London and three weeks later they married on 1 April in Mayfair. They remained childless.

After a protracted honeymoon, in March 1938, Mackinnon brought Adams to Victoria, Australia. The couple divided their time between Mooramong, a Western District grazing property, and their Melbourne townhouse at 220 Domain Road South Yarra. They entertained often at Mooramong, which they transformed from a staid Victorian homestead into a Jazz Age showpiece. On their frequent trips to Melbourne to attend the races and innumerable cocktail parties, they travelled in their Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Adorned in smart hats and chic outfits, and often graced with diamonds, Adams was an exotic figure at Government House functions and at the race course.

On his death in 1974, Scobie Mackinnon's estate was left entirely to Adams; it was worth A$2,111,729. She died on 25 September 1978, in Windsor, Victoria and was cremated. After generous bequests to family, friends, and animal welfare bodies, she left the remainder of her estates to the National Trust of Victoria for the creation of a wildlife sanctuary and fauna and flora park at Mooramong.


Adams died on 25 September 1978 in Melbourne, Australia. She was 80 years old.


She was a life governor of Skipton Hospital and vice president of Lort Smith Hospital for sick animals.


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