Mary MacLaren

Highest Rated: 100% A Day at the Races (1937)
Lowest Rated: 88% The Leopard Man (1943)
Birthday: Jan 19, 1896
Birthplace: Not Available
The sister of silent screen star Katherine MacDonald and a former photographer's model, blonde Mary MacLaren had danced in the Broadway revue The Passing Show of 1914 before making her screen debut in 1916. A favorite of pioneering woman director Lois Weber, MacLaren starred as the poor working girl in Shoes (1916) and was Marie Walcamp's maid in the anti-abortion drama Where Are My Children (1916). For another early woman director, Ida May Park, MacLaren played an actress betrayed by a Broadway wolf and reduced to living in squalor in the evocative Bread (1918) and she was a regal Anne of Austria in Fairbanks' The Three Musketeers (1921). Like most of her contemporaries, MacLaren's career waned in the 1920s and she was reduced to minor roles after the changeover to sound. After playing scores of maids, nurses and dowagers, MacLaren left films around 1948 to travel with her husband, a British military officer. Sadly, when she resurfaced in the 1970s, a newspaper reporter discovered her living in abject poverty in her once palatial Hollywood home. MacLaren's tragic story was widely reported and in her final years she became a popular guest at various silent screen revivals.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Dream Girl Judge Allerton's wife 1948
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark Model 1944
88% The Leopard Man Nun 1943
No Score Yet The Saint in Palm Springs Woman 1941
No Score Yet Prairie Pioneers Martha Nelson 1941
No Score Yet Misbehaving Husbands Gossiping Friend 1940
No Score Yet The Fargo Kid Sarah 1940
No Score Yet Doctor Kildare Goes Home Crying Woman 1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Woman 1940
No Score Yet In Name Only Nurse 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Official's Wife 1939
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point Nurse 1938
100% A Day at the Races Nurse 1937
No Score Yet A Lawman Is Born Martha Lance 1937
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild Mrs. Wilson 1936
No Score Yet King of the Pecos Mrs. Clayborn 1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table Chambermaid 1935
No Score Yet The New Frontier Mrs. Shaw 1935
No Score Yet Westward Ho Hannah Wyatt 1935
No Score Yet Harmony Lane Mrs. Wade 1935
No Score Yet The Key Streetwalker 1934
No Score Yet Headline Shooter Murderess 1933
No Score Yet The Phantom Broadcast Beth 1933
No Score Yet Under the Red Robe Anne of Austria 1923
No Score Yet The Face in the Fog Mary Dawson 1922
No Score Yet Outcast Valentine Moreland 1922
100% The Three Musketeers Anne of Austria 1921
No Score Yet Where Are My Children? Maid 1916
No Score Yet Shoes Eva Meyer 1916


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