~Viola Dana~

Born: June 26, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 3, 1987 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
~Biography~
Together with her sister Shirley Mason, actress Viola Dana began her Broadway career in 1913, under
her family name of Flugrath. Viola played the lead in the original production of Poor Little Rich Girl,
which led to her being cast in two films. A star at the Edison studios in the teens, Viola married Edison's
finest director, John H. Collins, and the two collaborated on such above-average efforts as Children of
Eve (1915) (a surprisingly graphic re-enactment of the notorious 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire), The
Cossack Whip (1916) and Blue Jeans (1917). Collins died during the influenza epidemic of 1918; less
than two years later, Viola suffered another personal tragedy when her then-beau, stunt pilot Omar
Locklear, fell to his death while making a film. During the 1920s, Viola was a highly-paid star with the
Metro company. Her star faded around 1928; reduced to working for parsimonious Columbia Pictures,
Viola turned out one last memorable silent appearance when she starred in Frank Capra's first
Columbia effort, That Certain Thing (1928). When talkies came in, producers decided that Viola's voice
didn't match her face. She worked in vaudeville before retiring completely, preferring to remain at
home as the wife of western star/stunt man "Lefty" Flynn. Upon the rediscovery of her John
Collins-directed Edison films in the mid-1970s, Viola Dana returned to the public eye, regaling TV
interviewers and film-festival audiences with her clear-minded, down-to-earth reminiscences of her
screen career.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
One Splendid Hour (1929) .... Bobbie Walsh
... aka Her Mad Adventure (UK)
Two Sisters (1929) .... Jean/Jane
That Certain Thing (1928) .... Molly Kelly
Lure of the Night Club (1927) .... Mary Murdock
Naughty Nanette (1927) .... Nanette Pearson
Salvation Jane (1927) .... Salvation Jane
Home Struck (1927) .... Barbara Page
Bred in Old Kentucky (1926) .... Katie O'Doone
The Silent Lover (1926) .... Scadsza
The Ice Flood (1926) .... Marie O'Neill
Kosher Kitty Kelly (1926) .... Kitty Kelly
Bigger Than Barnum's (1926) .... Juanita Calles ... Movie Still Code: B.T.B.-X
Wild Oats Lane (1926) .... Marie, the Girl
The Great Love (1925) .... Minette Bunker
Winds of Chance (1925) .... Rouletta Kirby
The Necessary Evil (1925) .... Shirley Holmes
Forty Winks (1925) .... Eleanor Butterworth
As Man Desires (1925) .... Pandora La Croix
Along Came Ruth (1924) .... Ruth Ambrose
Open All Night (1924) .... Thére'se Duverne
... aka One Parisian Night (UK)
Merton of the Movies (1924) .... Sally Montague, 'Flips'
Revelation (1924) .... Joline Hofer
The Beauty Prize (1924) .... Connie Du Bois
Don't Doubt Your Husband (1924) .... Helen Blake
The Heart Bandit (1924) .... Molly O'Hara
A Noise in Newboro (1923) .... Martha Mason
In Search of a Thrill (1923) .... Ann Clemance
The Social Code (1923) .... Babs Van Buren
Rouged Lips (1923) .... Norah MacPherson
Her Fatal Millions (1923) .... Mary Bishop
Crinoline and Romance (1923) .... Miss Emmy Lou
Love in the Dark (1922) .... Mary Duffy
June Madness (1922) .... Clytie Whitmore
The Five Dollar Baby (1922) .... Ruth
They Like 'Em Rough (1922) .... Katherine
Seeing's Believing (1922) .... Diana Webster
Glass Houses (1922) .... Joy Duval
Fourteenth Lover (1922) .... Vi Marchmont
There Are No Villains (1921) .... Rosa Moreland
The Match-Breaker (1921) .... Jane Morgan
Life's Darn Funny (1921) .... Zoe Roberts
Home Stuff (1921) .... Madge Joy
Puppets of Fate (1921) .... Sorrentina Palombra
The Off-Shore Pirate (1921) .... Ardita Farnam
Cinderella's Twin (1920) .... Connie McGill
Blackmail (1920) .... Flossie Golden
The Chorus Girl's Romance (1920) .... Marcia Meadows
Dangerous to Men (1920) .... Eliza
The Willow Tree (1920) .... O-Riu
Please Get Married (1919) .... Muriel Ashley
The Microbe (1919) .... Happy O'Brien, The Microbe
Some Bride (1919) .... Patricia Morley
False Evidence (1919) .... Madelon MacTavish
The Parisian Tigress (1919) .... Jeanne
Satan Junior (1919) .... Diana Ardway
The Gold Cure (1919) .... Annice Paisch
Flower of the Dusk (1918) .... Barbara North
Opportunity (1918) .... Mary Willard
The Only Road (1918) .... Nita
Riders of the Night (1918) .... Sally Castleton
Breakers Ahead (1918) .... Ruth Bowman
A Weaver of Dreams (1918) .... Judith Sylvester
The Winding Trail (1918) .... Audrey Graham
Blue Jeans (1917) .... June
The Girl Without a Soul (1917) .... Unity Beaumont/Priscilla Beaumont
Aladdin's Other Lamp (1917) .... Patricia Smith (Patsy)
Lady Barnacle (1917) .... Lakshima
God's Law and Man's (1917) .... Ameia
The Mortal Sin (1917) .... Jane Anderson
Rosie O'Grady (1917) .... Rosie O'Grady
Threads of Fate (1917) .... Dorothea
The Cossack Whip (1916) .... Darya Orlinsky
The Gates of Eden (1916) .... Eve/Evelyn
The Light of Happiness (1916) .... Tangletop
The Flower of No Man's Land (1916) .... Echo
The Innocence of Ruth (1916) .... Ruth Travers
Children of Eve (1915) .... Fifty-Fifty Mamie
... aka Fifty-Fifty Mamie (USA)
Gladiola (1915) .... Gladiola Bain
Her Happiness (1915)
The Slavey Student (1915)
On Dangerous Paths (1915) .... Eleanor Thurston
Cohen's Luck (1915) .... Minnie Cohen
The House of the Lost Court (1915) .... Dolores Edgerton
The Stoning (1915)
A Theft in the Dark (1915) .... Lady Genevieve
The Portrait in the Attic (1915)
A Spiritual Elopement (1915)
The Glory of Clementina (1915)
The Stone Heart (1915)
A Thorn Among Roses (1915)
Lena (1915) .... Euphemia Miggles
The Champion Process Server (1915)
Who Goes There? (1914)
Seth's Sweetheart (1914)
The Adventure of the Hasty Elopement (1914) .... Ruth
The Blind Fiddler (1914)
Treasure Trove (1914)
Molly the Drummer Boy (1914) .... Molly
The Third Thanksgiving (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
The Lord and the Peasant (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
How Father Accomplished His Work (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
The Butler and the Maid (1912) (as Viola Flugrath)
Children Who Labor (1912) (uncredited) .... Older Daughter
A Christmas Carol (1910) (uncredited)
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