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Nance O'Neil



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
53% Cimarron
  • Felice Venable
1931
No Score Yet The Royal Bed
  • The Queen
1931
No Score Yet The Rogue Song
  • Princess Alexandra
1930
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure
  • Mrs. Strange
1930
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Actor
1912

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