Nance O'Neil

Nance O'Neil

Highest Rated: 52% Cimarron (1931)

Lowest Rated: 52% Cimarron (1931)

Birthday: Invalid date

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A major stage star who played Lady Macbeth, Hedda Gabler, and Camille, the tall (nearly six feet) Nance O'Neil was reportedly the lover of murderess Lizzie Borden. A notorious spendthrift always in financial trouble, O'Neil was one of the first of her generation of actresses to embrace motion pictures. Signing with producer William Fox, she starred in a 1915 screen version of Leo Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata. Although receiving favorable reviews, the veteran star was somewhat upstaged by the colorful Theda Bara, and it was Bara who would become Fox's major dramatic star, not the aging O'Neil. The latter continued to appear in films through 1917 -- including playing the Czarina in The Fall of the Romanoffs -- but moviegoers never truly warmed up to her and she returned to the stage. O'Neil was back in the new, audible Hollywood by 1929, supporting John Gilbert and Catherine Dale Owen in the ill-fated His Glorious Night. Neither Gilbert nor Owen had much future in sound films, but O'Neil lent her considerable presence to scores of early talkies, including appearing as the mother superior in Call of the Flesh, the Grand Mere in Their Mad Moment (1931), and unbilled as Mrs. Von Stael in Westward Passage. Nance O'Neil was briefly the wife of actor Alfred Hickman (1872-1931).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet False Faces Mrs. Finn 1932
No Score Yet A Woman of Experience Countess Runyi 1931
No Score Yet The Good Bad Girl Mrs. Henderson 1931
52% Cimarron Felice Venable 1931
No Score Yet The Royal Bed The Queen 1931
No Score Yet The Florodora Girl Mrs. Vibart 1930
No Score Yet The Rogue Song Princess Alexandra 1930
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure Mrs. Strange 1930
No Score Yet Call of the Flesh Mother Superior 1930
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo Actor 1912


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