Mary Nolan

Actor, Model
A beautiful blonde Ziegfeld girl, Nolan was beset by personal troubles that eventually overshadowed her film career. She appeared in the "Follies" in the early 1920s under the name Imogene 'Bubbles' Wilson, until her ... Read more »
Born: 12/18/1905 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

other (2)

West of Zanzibar 1927 (Movie)

Daughter (Actor)

Sorrell and Son 1926 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A beautiful blonde Ziegfeld girl, Nolan was beset by personal troubles that eventually overshadowed her film career. She appeared in the "Follies" in the early 1920s under the name Imogene 'Bubbles' Wilson, until her relationship with the physically abusive comic Frank Tinney made too many headlines. Changing her name to Mary Nolan, she moved to the screen where she turned in a number of effective performances, notably opposite Lon Chaney in "West of Zanzibar" (1928), with John Gilbert in "Desert Nights" (1929) and in Tod Browning's "Outside the Law" (1930). Nolan also sailed for Germany, where she made several successful films under yet another pseudonym. Her career was over by the mid-1930s, though, due to increasing personal dramas. Broke and in failing health, she worked as a nightclub singer until her untimely death at age 42 in 1948.

Relationships

Mabel Roberston

Sister

Milestones

Performed as nightclub singer until her death in 1948

Retired from films in the mid-1930s

Began career as a showgirl in Ziegfeld "Follies", billed as Imogene 'Bubbles' Wilson

Changed name to Mary Nolan, began appearing in silent films

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