Mary Alden

Mary Alden

  • Highest Rated: 98% The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Lowest Rated: 97% Intolerance (1916)
  • Birthday: Invalid date
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Entering films in 1914, American actress Mary Alden was almost immediately swept into a momentous chapter of screen history. D. W. Griffith cast Mary as Lydia Brown, the mulatto housekeeper/mistress of reconstructionist senator Austin Stoneman, in the Civil War epic The Birth of a Nation (1915). Mary's big scene, which was often removed in reissue prints due to its racist/erotic content, has Lydia insisting that white senator Sumner treat her as an equal; when the senator refuses, she tears her blouse, falls to the floor, and pretends she's been sexually assaulted! Most of Mary Alden's subsequent film roles weren't quite as showy; she remained in films as a character actress into the talking era, bowing out after 1932's Strange Interlude.

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No Score Yet Strange Interlude Maid 1932
No Score Yet Hell's House Mrs. Mason 1932
No Score Yet Politics Mrs. Evans 1931
No Score Yet The Cossacks Lukashka's Mother 1928
No Score Yet April Fool Amelia Rosen 1926
No Score Yet Brown of Harvard Mrs. Brown 1926
No Score Yet The Plastic Age Mrs. Carver 1925
No Score Yet Silk Husbands and Calico Wives Actor 1920
No Score Yet Unpardonable Sin Actor 1919
97% Intolerance "Uplifter" and Reformer 1916
98% The Birth of a Nation Lydia 1915
No Score Yet Home Sweet Home Mother, from the 2nd Story 1914
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes Mrs. Frank Andrews 1914


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