~Gene Gauntier~

Born: May 17, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: December 18, 1966 (age 81) in Cuernavaca, Mexico
~Filmography~
~Actress~

Witch's Lure (1920)

Gene of the Northland (Short) (1915) ... Gene aka Jeanne La Roche
The Mad Maid of the Forest (Short) (1915) ... The Mad Maid of the Forest
The Ulster Lass (Short) (1915) ... Eileen - the Ulster Lass
The Woman Hater's Baby (Short) (1915) ... Gene Gray - the Baby's Mother
The Smuggler's Lass (Short) (1915) ... Sheila
The Little Rebel (Short) (1914) ... The Southern Girl
His Brother's Wife (Short) (1914) ... The Wife
Twilight (Short) (1914) ... Twilight - the Half Breed
False Evidence (Short) (1914) ... Florence Cobb
A Fight for a Birthright (Short) (1914) ... Fay
Come Back to Erin (Short) (1914) ... Peggy O'Malley
The Eye of the Government (Short) (1914)
Through the Fires of Temptation (Short) (1914) ... Helen
For Ireland's Sake (Short) (1914) ... Eileen Donaghue
In the Clutches of the Ku Klux Klan (Short) (1913)
In the Power of a Hypnotist (Short) (1913) ... Mlle. Renault - the Hypnotist's Adopted Daughter
When Men Hate (Short) (1913) ... Ruth Morrison
The Mystery of Pine Creek Camp (Short) (1913) ... Nell
A Daughter of the Confederacy (Short) (1913)
Lady Peggy's Escape (Short) (1913) ... Lady Peggy
The Wives of Jamestown (Short) (1913) ... Lady Geraldine
The Shaughraun (Short) (1912) ... Claire Ffoliott
The Mayor from Ireland (Short) (1912) ... Bridget Donovan
From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912) ... Mary
Down Through the Ages (Short) (1912) ... Miriam Morris / Kama
A Prisoner of the Harem (Short) (1912) ... Alice Durand
Winning a Widow (Short) (1912) ... An American Widow
Tragedy of the Desert (Short) (1912) ... Miriam - the Doctor's Wife
Captured by Bedouins (Short) (1912) ... Doris Barnett
An Arabian Tragedy (Short) (1912) ... Lucashah / Ayub's 1st Wife
Missionaries in Darkest Africa (Short) (1912) ... Faith Lawrence - the Missionary's Daughter
The Fighting Dervishes of the Desert (Short) (1912) ... Zahrah - Daughter of the Coptic Priest
The Belle of New Orleans (Short) (1912) ... Delaphine
Victim of Circumstances (Short) (1912) ... Meg of the Everglades
Captain Rivera's Reward (Short) (1912) ... Ermina
You Remember Ellen (Short) (1912) ... Ellen - Pride of the Village
Far from Erin's Isle (Short) (1912) ... Kathleen
The Vagabonds (Short) (1912) ... Jane
His Mother (Short) (1912) ... Miss Foster - the Banker's Daughter
The O'Neill (Short) (1912) ... Elinor
A Hitherto Unrelated Incident of the Girl Spy (1911) ... The Girl Spy
Tangled Lives (Short) (1911)
Arrah-Na-Pogue (1911) ... Arrah Meelish
The Fishermaid of Ballydavid (Short) (1911) ... Kathleen - the Fishermaid of Ballydavid
The Colleen Bawn (Short) (1911) ... Eily O'Connor, the 'Colleen Bawn'
Losing to Win (Short) (1911) ... Diana Grant
Rory O'More (Short) (1911) ... Kathleen
Special Messenger (Short) (1911) ... Nancy
The Romance of a Dixie Belle (Short) (1911)
To the Aid of Stonewall Jackson (Short) (1911) ... Nan, the Girl Spy
In Blossom Time (Short) (1911) ... The Gardener's Daughter
The Carnival (Short) (1911) ... The Wife
When the Dead Return (Short) (1911) ... Marcele
The Fiddle's Requiem (Short) (1911) ... Dolores
In Old Florida (Short) (1911) ... Señorita Ana - The Spanish GIrl
The Lass Who Couldn't Forget (Short) (1911) ... The Fishermaiden
A Saw Mill Hero (Short) (1911) ... Jennie
A War Time Escape (Short) (1911)
An Irish Honeymoon (Short) (1911) ... The Bride
The Open Road (Short) (1911) ... Zora the Gypsy
Little Sister (Short) (1911) ... Little Sister
Robbie and the Redskins (Short) (1911) ... Robbie's Mother
Her Chum's Brother (Short) (1911) ... Elise
For Love of an Enemy (Short) (1911) ... Hallie Colburn

The Stranger (Short) (1910)
The Girl Spy Before Vicksburg (Short) (1910) ... The Girl Spy
The Little Spreewald Maiden (Short) (1910) ... Frieda - the Spreewald Maiden
Seth's Temptation (Short) (1910)
A Lad from Old Ireland (Short) (1910) ... Aileene
The Heart of Edna Leslie (Short) (1910)
The Cow Puncher's Sweetheart (Short) (1910) ... The Cow Puncher's Sweetheart
The Perversity of Fate (Short) (1910) ... Marion Marlow
A Colonial Belle (Short) (1910)
A Daughter in Dixie (Short) (1910) ... Betsy - a Daughter of Dixie
A Child's Faith (Short) (unconfirmed)(1910)
The Castaways (Short) (1910)
The Navajo's Bride (Short) (1910)
The Egret Hunter (Short) (1910)
The Love Romance of the Girl Spy (Short) (1910) ... The Girl Spy
The Bravest Girl in the South (Short) (1910)
The Forager (Short) (1910)
The Further Adventures of the Girl Spy (Short) (1910) ... The Girl Spy
The Confederate Spy (Short) (1910)
The Stepmother (Short) (1910)
The Man Who Lost (Short) (1910)
The Romance of a Trained Nurse (Short) (1910)
The Slave to Drink (Short) (1909)
The Wayward Daughter (1909)
The Law of the Mountains (Short) (1909)
The Girl Spy: An Incident of the Civil War (Short) (1909) ... The Girl Spy
The Cracker's Bride (Short) (1909)
The Taming of the Shrew (Short) (1908) ... Wedding Party
As You Like It (Short) (1908)
The Girl and the Outlaw (Short) (1908) ... Nellie Carson (unconfirmed)
Betrayed by a Handprint (Short) (1908) ... Party Guest
The Stage Rustler (Short) (1908)
The Man in the Box (Short) (1908) ... Gang Member
The Romance of an Egg (Short) (1908) ... College Student
Thompson's Night Out (Short) (1908) ... Mrs. Smith
Dolly, the Circus Queen (Short) (1908) ... Dolly
Hulda's Lovers (Short) (1908) ... Hulda (unconfirmed)
The Scarlet Letter (Short) (1908) ... Hester Prynne
Way Down East (Short) (1908)
Evangeline (Short) (1908) ... Evangeline
Thaw-White Tragedy (Short) (1906)
Skyscrapers (Short) (1906)
The Paymaster (Short) (1906)

~Writer~

Gene of the Northland (Short) (scenario) (1915)
His Brother's Wife (Short) (story) (1914)
Twilight (Short) (story) (1914)
A Celebrated Case (scenario) (1914)
A Fight for a Birthright (Short) (story) (1914)
The Octoroon (Short) (writer) (1913)
In the Power of a Hypnotist (Short) (scenario) (1913)
When Men Hate (Short) (story) (1913)
Lady Peggy's Escape (Short) (writer) (1913)
The Wives of Jamestown (Short) (writer) (1913)
My Hielan' Lassie (Short) (1912)
Shaun Rhue (Short) (1912)
The Vengeance Mark (Short) (1912)
The Shaughraun (Short) (1912)
Ireland, the Oppressed (Short) (1912)
Conway, the Kerry Dancer (Short) (1912)
The Mayor from Ireland (Short) (1912)
The Kerry Gow (Short) (scenario) (1912)
From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (scenario) (1912)
Ancient Temples of Egypt (Short documentary) (1912)
The Poacher's Pardon (Short) (1912)
Along the River Nile (Documentary short) (1912)
Down Through the Ages (Short) (1912)
Winning a Widow (Short) (1912)
Captured by Bedouins (Short) (scenario) (1912)
An Arabian Tragedy (Short) (scenario) / (story) (1912)
Making Photoplays in Egypt (Documentary short) (1912)
Missionaries in Darkest Africa (Short) (story and scenario) (1912)
Luxor, Egypt (Documentary short) (1912)
The Fighting Dervishes of the Desert (Short) (1912)
You Remember Ellen (Short) (scenario) (1912)
Far from Erin's Isle (Short) (1912)
His Mother (Short) (1912)
The O'Neill (Short) (scenario) (1912)
The O'Kalems' Visit to Killarney (Documentary short) (1912)
A Hitherto Unrelated Incident of the Girl Spy (1911)
Last Day of School (Short) (1911)
Tangled Lives (Short) (1911)
Arrah-Na-Pogue (1911)
The Franciscan Friars of Killarney, Ireland (Documentary short) (1911)
The Colleen Bawn (Short) (1911)
Rory O'More (Short) (1911)
Special Messenger (Short) (1911)
The Love of Summer Morn (Short) (scenario) (1911)
The Fiddle's Requiem (Short)(1911)
A Saw Mill Hero (Short) (1911)
An Irish Honeymoon (Short) (1911)
The Girl Spy Before Vicksburg (Short) (1910)
The Little Spreewald Maiden (Short) (1910)
A Lad from Old Ireland (Short) (written by) (1910)
The Castaways (Short) (1910)
The Forager (Short) (1910)
The Confederate Spy (Short) (1910)
The Stepmother (Short) (1910)
The Man Who Lost (Short) (writer) (1910)
The Romance of a Trained Nurse (Short) (1910)

The Grandmother (Short) (scenario) (1909)
The Slave to Drink (Short) (writer) (1909)
The Wayward Daughter (writer) (1909)
The Japanese Invasion (Short) (writer) (1909)
The Girl Spy: An Incident of the Civil War (Short) (writer) (1909)
Hiawatha (writer) (1908)
As You Like It (Short) (writer) (1908)
The Romance of an Egg (Short) (story) (1908)
Dolly, the Circus Queen (Short) (writer) (1908)
Hulda's Lovers (Short) (writer) (1908)
The Scarlet Letter (Short) (writer) (1908)
Washington at Valley Forge (Short) (writer) (1908)
Way Down East (Short) (writer) (1908)
Evangeline (Short) (writer) (1908)
The Days of '61 (Short) (1908)
Tom Sawyer (1907)
Why Girls Leave Home (1907)
Ben Hur (Short) (1907)

~Producer~

Come Back to Erin (Short) (producer) (1914)
For Ireland's Sake (Short) (producer) (1914)

~Director~

The Grandmother (Short) (1909)
~Biography~
A remarkable pioneering motion picture actress, writer, director, and producer, Gene Gauntier (born
Genevieve Liggett) was literally thrown into her first screen assignment, in the summer of 1906, when she
was hired by the Kalem company to be hoisted into a river in Upstate New York. At first appearing in films
between stock company tours, Gauntier soon realized the enormous potential of the new medium and
began adding to her meager actor's salary by writing scores of screenplays, including a one-reel version
of Ben-Hur in 1907, which brought upon the burgeoning industry its first copyright infringement suit. For
a short while connected with Biograph, where she reportedly suggested that actor D.W. Griffith ought to
be given a directorial assignment, Gauntier quickly returned to Kalem, as leading lady and head of the
nascent script department. By 1909, she was widely known as The Kalem Girl.

Along with the concern's chief director, Sidney Olcott, Gauntier traveled to Ireland in 1909, where they
filmed three well-received, short-subject melodramas, the first time an American film company had
ventured that far afield. Before returning to New York, the "O'Kalems," as they were soon nicknamed,
made a travelogue in London and filmed another drama on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany, The Little
Spreewald Maiden (1910). There would be several more such trips, including a second visit to Ireland and
a famous excursion to Palestine, where they filmed the six-reel From the Manger to the Cross, arguably
Kalem's most noteworthy production. Sidney Olcott directed and Gaunter wrote the scenario and starred
as the Virgin Mary, with her husband Jack J. Clark as John the Baptist and British actor Robert
Henderson-Bland as Christ.

Gene Gauntier left Kalem to form her own production company, the Gene Gauntier Feature Players which,
like Kalem, made a film-making jaunt to Ireland and released melodramas with sensationalistic titles such
as In the Clutches of the Ku Klux Klan (1913) and In the Power of a Hypnotist (1913). There would be a
couple of low-budget films for Bison in 1915, but like so many of her contemporaries, Gauntier saw
herself eclipsed by younger, less battle-weary ingenues and she retired. She later penned her memoirs,
Blazing the Trail, serialized by the Ladies Home Journal in 1928.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com