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Gertrude Olmstead

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A contest winner in her native Chicago, brunette silent screen ingenue Gertrude Olmstead (or, as it was sometimes spelled, "Olmsted") appeared opposite Greta Garbo in the Swedish star's first Hollywood film, The Torrent (1926). That role, along with the leading femme role in Lon Chaney's The Monster (1925), proved perhaps the highlights of a screen career that had begun in low-budget, two-reel Westerns opposite the likes of Hoot Gibson, Jack Perrin, and Roy Stewart. According to herself, Olmstead was "just possibly the world's worst actress," and she wisely retired to marry director Robert Z. Leonard right before the changeover to sound. She later spoke fondly of her early years in Westerns, crediting veteran stunt player Artie Ortego with teaching her how to perform a flying mount.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mister Wu
  • Hilda Gregory
1927
No Score Yet Cheerful Fraud
  • Ann Kent
1927
No Score Yet The Boob
  • May
1926
No Score Yet Torrent
  • Rernedios
1926
No Score Yet The Monster
  • Betty Wilson
1925
No Score Yet Cobra
  • Mary Drake
1925
No Score Yet California Straight Ahead
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet Cameo Kirby
  • Adele Randall
1923

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