Silent film star, almost exclusively with Universal, a beauty contest runner-up invited to Hollywood by studio boss Carl Laemmle (the winner, Gertrude Olmstead, also enjoyed success in film). After tw...
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|The Blazing Trail||Actor||Talithy Millicuddy||7|
|Danger Ahead||Actor||Tressie Harlow||7|
|Drums of Love||Actor||Princess Emanuella||7|
|The Rose of Paris||Actor||Mitsi||7|
|The Man Who Laughs||Actor||Dea||7|
|The Shannons of Broadway||Actor||Tessie Swanzey||7|
|Penrod and Sam||Actor||Margaret Schofield||7|
|The Phantom of the Opera||1925||Actor||Christine Daae||19257|
|Film debut, "The Blazing Trail"|
|Last film, "After the Fog"|
|First of five films opposite Norman Kerry, "Merry-Go-Round", directed by Erich von Stroheim; became established in leading roles|
|First leading role, "Danger Ahead"|
|Was the runner-up in a beauty contest at age 16; attracted the attention of Universal Pictures head Carl Laemmle (the winner, Gertrude Olmstead, also enjoyed success as a leading lady in Hollywood) (date approximate)|
|Last film opposite Kerry, E.A. Dupont's "Love Me and the World Is Mine"|
|Last silent film, "The Last Performance"|
|Played the leading role in the "5% talkie", "Girl Overboard"|
|Contract with Universal not renewed|
|First all-talking film, "The Shannons of Broadway"|
Although Philbin essayed the title role of "Stella Maris" (1926) in the remake of the 1918 Mary Pickford showcase, and worked with such important directors as William Beaudine, Frank Borzage, E.A. Dupont and D.W. Griffith, her career ran out of steam at the end of the silent era. Her standard ingenue role in her first all-talkie, "The Shannons of Broadway" (1929), was rather small, and after making a plodding low-budgeter, "After the Fog" (1930), she retired from the screen.
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