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Mary Philbin

Full Name  Mary L. Philbin
Years active  1921–1929

Name  Mary Philbin
Role  Film actress
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Born  July 16, 1902 (1902-07-16) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died  May 7, 1993, Huntington Beach, California, United States
Parents  Mary Philbin, John Philbin
Movies  The Phantom of the Opera, The Man Who Laughs, The Last Performance, Merry‑Go‑Round, Drums of Love
Similar People  Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Paul Leni, Carl Laemmle, Erich von Stroheim

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Mary Loretta Philbin (July 16, 1902 – May 7, 1993) was an American film actress of the silent film era, who is best known for playing the roles of Christine Daaé in the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera opposite Lon Chaney, and as Dea in The Man Who Laughs. Both roles cast her as the beauty in Beauty and the Beast-type stories.


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Early life

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Philbin was born on July 16, 1902 Chicago, Illinois into a middle-class Irish American family and raised Roman Catholic. Her father, John Philbin, was born in Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Ireland.


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Philbin began her acting career after winning a beauty contest sponsored by Universal Pictures in Chicago. Relocating to California, Erich von Stroheim signed her to a contract with Universal, deeming her a "Universal Super Jewel."

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She made her screen debut in 1921 and the following year was awarded at the first annual WAMPAS Baby Stars awards, a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honoured thirteen young women each year whom they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom.

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Over the course of 1920s, Philbin became a successful film actress and starred in a number of high-profile films, most notably in D. W. Griffith's 1928 film Drums of Love. In 1927, she appeared in the horror film Surrender, though her most celebrated role was in the Universal horror film The Phantom of the Opera in 1925. Philbin's ethereal screen presence was noted in a 1924 edition of Motion Picture Classic, in which she was referred to as "one of the astonishing anomalies of motion pictures...Pat O'Malley once said of her: "If I were superstitious I would think that the spirit of some great tragedienne of a forgotten past slipped into Mary's soul."

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Philbin played a few parts during the early talkie era and most notably dubbed her own voice when The Phantom of the Opera was given sound and re-released. She retired from the screen in the early 1930s and devoted her life to care for her aging parents.

Later life and death

Philbin spent the remainder of her life after leaving the film industry as a recluse, living in the same home in Huntington Beach, California. She never married and rarely made public appearances. One rare public appearance by Philbin occurred in her later years at the Los Angeles opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera.

She died of pneumonia at age 90 in 1993 and was buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


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