~Colleen Moore~

Born: August 19, 1900 in Port Huron, MI, USA
Died: January 25, 1988 in Paso Robles, CA, USA
~Silent Filmography~
~Stars of the Photoplay, 1924~
~At ten, Colleen Moore organized an impromptu neighborhood stock company, playing principal
roles from heroine to villain. Later, at the Essanay studios, after waiting for six months, she was
given a small part that lasted three days. It was "Flaming Youth," that placed Colleen among the
foremost screen stars, and she remained there by virtue of her splendid characterizations. As
Kathleen Morrison she was born in Port Huron, Mich., August 19, 1902, is 5 feet 4, weighs 110, has
dark brown hair, one brown and one blue eye. Married John McCormick in 1923.~
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~Los Angeles Times, 1988~
A self-admitted movie addict from the time she was a child, Colleen Moore broke into films not
through arduous years of study and sacrifice but because of a simple debt.

Her uncle, Walter Howey, the tyrannical Chicago city editor immortalized by Ben Hecht and Charles
MacArthur in "The Front Page," had helped D.W. Griffith get "The Birth of a Nation" and
"Intolerance" past the censors.

When the prodigious director asked how he might repay that debt, Moore recalled in her 1968
autobiography, "Silent Star," Howey told him about his film-struck niece, Kathleen Morrison.

But her uncle realized that her given name wouldn't fit a theater marquee, "so after a half-dozen
beers and a longing to do something for the Irish, they made up the name Colleen Moore."

If the myth of hard work reaping its own reward wasn't true in her case, the show business tale of
quick recognition was.

She made her first film, "Bad Boy," when she was only 16. In a few brief years she became the first
star to earn $10,000 a week. She snipped off her curls in what F. Scott Fitzgerald was later to dub
"the most fateful haircut since Samson's" and cut a wide swath during one of the most flamboyant
periods in American history.

The executives and the men who ran the studios were not much older than the stars they partied
with: Irving Thalberg was 28 and shortly would be the power behind Louis B. Mayer's throne at
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Bud Schulberg of Paramount was 33, Bernie Fineman, who would head
RKO, was 30 and John McCormick, Western representative of First National Studios, was 29. He
became the first of Moore's four husbands.

— Burt A. Folkart in the Los Angeles Times Jan. 26, 1988
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Oh Kay! (1928) .... Lady Kay Rutfield
Lilac Time (1928) .... Jeannine Berthelot
Happiness Ahead (1928) .... Mary Randall
Her Wild Oat (1927) .... Mary Brown
Naughty But Nice (1927) .... Bernice Sumners
Orchids and Ermine (1927) .... 'Pink' Watson
Twinkletoes (1926) .... Twink 'Twinkletoes' Minasi
It Must Be Love (1926) .... Fernie Schmidt
Ella Cinders (1926) .... Ella Cinders
Irene (1926) .... Irene O'Dare
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) (uncredited) .... Crowd extra in chariot race
... aka Ben-Hur (USA: short title)
We Moderns (1925) .... Mary Sundale
The Desert Flower (1925) .... Maggie Fortune
Sally (1925) .... Sally
So Big (1924) .... Selina Peake
Flirting with Love (1924) .... Gilda Lamont
The Perfect Flapper (1924) .... Tommie Lou Pember
Painted People (1924) .... Ellie Byrne
Through the Dark (1924) .... Mary McGinn
Flaming Youth (1923) .... Patricia Fentriss
April Showers (1923) .... Maggie Muldoon
The Huntress (1923) .... Bela
Broken Hearts of Broadway (1923) .... Mary Ellis ... Movie Still Code: 4088
Slippy McGee (1923) .... Mary Virginia
The Nth Commandment (1923) .... Sarah Juke
... aka The Higher Law (UK)
Look Your Best (1923) .... Perla Quaranta
The Ninety and Nine (1922) .... Ruth Blake
Broken Chains (1922) .... Mercy Boone
Forsaking All Others (1922) .... Penelope Mason
Affinities (1922) .... Fanny Illington
The Wall Flower (1922) .... Idalene Nobbin
Come on Over (1922) .... Moyna Killiea
... aka Darlin' (UK)
The Lotus Eater (1921) .... Mavis
His Nibs (1921) .... The Girl
The Sky Pilot (1921) .... Gwen
Dinty (1920) .... Doreen O'Sullivan
So Long Letty (1920) .... Grace Miller
The Devil's Claim (1920) .... Indora
When Dawn Came (1920) .... Mary Harrison
Her Bridal Night-Mare (1920) .... Mary
The Cyclone (1920) .... Sylvia Sturgis
A Roman Scandal (1919) .... Mary
Common Property (1919) .... Tatyoe ["Tatyana"]
The Egg Crate Wallop (1919) .... Kitty Haskell
The Man in the Moonlight (1919) .... Rosine Delorme
The Wilderness Trail (1919) .... Jeanne Fitzpatrick
The Busher (1919) .... Mazie Palmer
Little Orphant Annie (1918) .... Annie
A Hoosier Romance (1918) .... Patience Thompson
The Savage (1917) .... Lizette
The Little American (1917) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
Hands Up! (1917/I) .... Marjorie Houston
An Old Fashioned Young Man (1917) .... Margaret
The Bad Boy (1917) .... Ruth
... aka Bad Boys (USA)
The Prince of Graustark (1916) (uncredited) .... Maid