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Neva Gerber

Name  Neva Gerber
Nationality  American
Role  Film actress
Occupation  Actress
Years active  1912-1930

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Full Name  Genevieve Dolores Gerber
Born  April 3, 1894 (1894-04-03) Argenta, Illinois, U.S.
Other names  Jean Dolores Genevieve Millett
Died  January 2, 1974, Palm Springs, California, United States
Movies  The Trail of the Octopus, Officer 444
Spouse  Edward Nolan (m. 1923), Arthur Millett (m. 1913–1914), William Munchoff (m. ?–1960)
Parents  S. Nelson Gerber, Jean Pullman
Similar People  Francis Ford, John Ford, Henry MacRae

Cause of death  Cerebral thrombosis
Resting place  Desert Memorial Park

Neva Gerber (April 3, 1894 – January 2, 1974) was an American silent film actress who appeared in 128 films between 1912 and 1930.

Early life and career

She was born Genevieve Dolores Gerber in Argenta, Illinois to S. Nelson Gerber and Jean Pullman. Her parents separated when she was young and her mother moved her to Los Angeles, California. She was raised by nuns from the College of the Immaculate Heart. After the death of her father, Gerber's impoverished mother gave guardianship of her daughter to an attorney.

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After her graduation from high school, Gerber became an actress and appeared in several one-reelers. Beginning in 1917, she starred in multiple serial films, and she is considered one of the top ten "serial queens" of the silent film period. She teamed with director and actor Ben F. Wilson in many of these productions, and starred in the first crude sound era serial, The Voice from the Sky, also directed by Wilson. However, her career stalled in 1930 after Wilson died from heart disease. Gerber retired from acting shortly thereafter.

Personal life

Gerber's first marriage was to actor Arthur Nelson Millett on July 22, 1913. They separated the following year. In 1915, she became engaged to director William Desmond Taylor. The two never married because Gerber was still married to Millett (their divorce became final in 1920). Taylor was murdered in February 1922. In 1923, Gerber married contractor Edward Dana Nolan. They later divorced and two more times. She remained married to her fourth husband, contractor William Munchoff, until his death in 1960.

Death

On January 2, 1974, Gerber died of a cerebral thrombosis in Palm Springs, California. She was buried in a pauper's grave in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.

References

Neva Gerber Wikipedia


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