~Violet Mersereau~

Born: October 2, 1892 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 12, 1975 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
~Biography~
A popular child actress from the age of eight, Violet Mersereau was dubbed "The Child Wonder" after
originating the role of Flora Cameron in The Clansman, the incendiary Thomas Dixon play that became
the basis for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking Birth of a Nation (made in 1915 with Mae Marsh as Flora).
After touring in the title role of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Mersereau entered films in 1911 with the
Los Angeles-based Nestor Company, a forerunner of Universal. With titles like The Spitfire, Little Miss
Nobody (1917), and The Nature Girl (1919), Mersereau was a popular ingenue who, nevertheless, never
gave Mary Pickford or the Gish sisters much to worry about. Nero (1922) was produced by Fox on
location in Italy and was quite the spectacle, with Mersereau, the only American cast member, suddenly
very grownup as a seductive Marcia. But she was innocent once again in Lend Me Your Wife (1924) in
which she, the gardener's daughter, is nearly molested by a married man. There were a few more such
roles to come but the vehicles were poor and she left films at the advent of sound. Mersereau's younger
sister was the actress Claire Mersereau (1894-1982), with whom she appeared in The Avalanche (1915).

Biography by Han J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Wives of the Prophet (1926) .... Alma
The Bride (1925)
Her Own Free Will (1924) .... Mona Everard
Lend Me Your Husband (1924) .... Jenny MacDonald
The Shepherd King (1923) .... Princess Michal
Luck (1923) .... Sylvia Templeton
Nero (1922) .... Marcia
Out of the Depths (1921/I)
Thunderclap (1921) .... Betty, The Girl
Finders Keepers (1921)
Love Wins (1920)

A Proxy Husband (1919)
The Nature Girl (1919) .... Dolores Winthrop
Klever Kiddies (1919)
Together (1918) .... Mrs. Richard Standhope/Laura Stanhope/Larry, the 'Kid'
The Midnight Flyer (1918)
Morgan's Raiders (1918) .... Betsey Dawley
The Girl by the Roadside (1917) .... Judith Ralston
The Raggedy Queen (1917) .... Tatters
The Little Terror (1917) .... Tina and Alice
Little Miss Nobody (1917) .... Bonnie
Susan's Gentleman (1917) .... Nancy Croyden/Susan Flynn
The Boy Girl (1917) .... 'Jack' Channing
Souls United (1917)
The Mystery of My Lady's Boudoir (1917)
The Honor of Mary Blake (1916) .... Mary Blake
The Girl Who Didn't Tell (1916)
The Angel of the Attic (1916)
The Narrow Path (1916) .... Bessie Allen
... aka "The Danger Path" - USA (alternative title)
The Gentle Art of Burglary (1916)
Broken Fetters (1916) .... Mignon, grown up
His Picture (1916)
The Go-Between (1916)
The Great Problem (1916) .... Peggy Carson
Autumn (1916) .... Autumn Arden/Jeanette Arden
The Doll Doctor (1916)
The Path of Happiness (1916) .... Joan, the Child of Nature
Getting His Goat (1915)
The Unnecessary Sex (1915)
The Wolf of Debt (1915) .... Helen Stanhope
Billy's Love Making (1915)
Driven by Fate (1915)
Thou Shalt Not Lie (1915)
Copper (1915)
Larry O'Neill -- Gentleman (1915) .... Mildred
The Alibi (1915)
You Can't Always Tell (1915) .... Violet
Destiny's Trump Card (1915) .... Violet Avery - Bill's Wife
Uncle's New Blazer (1915) .... Violet
The Blank Page (1915) .... The Scientist's Young Wife
... aka "The Page" - USA (review title)
The Adventure of the Yellow Curl Papers (1915) .... Flo
... aka "The Mystery of the Yellow Curl Papers" - USA (review title)
Wild Blood (1915) .... Bess Browne - Mountain Girl
The Broken Toy (1915) .... Merle
The Supreme Impulse (1915) .... Ann Donnelson
Uncle John (1915)
The Destroyer (1915/I)
The Treason of Anatole (1915)
The Stake (1915)
The Avalanche (1915) .... Rose Grey
... aka "The Barrier Between" - USA (alternative title)
The Awaited Hour (1915)
On Dangerous Ground (1915)
She Was His Mother (1915)
Peg o' the Wilds (1914)
In Self Defense (1914)
The Tenth Commandment (1914)
... aka "Thou Shalt Not Covet" - USA (alternative title)
Redemption (1914)
When the Heart Calls (1914)
The Spitfire (1914) .... Valda Girard
Big Sister (1913)
Binks, the Hawkshaw (1913)
Der Umbakanter (1913/I) .... Jen
The Shot That Failed (1912) .... Nela
Her First Choice (1912) .... Mabel
A Western Girl's Dream (1912) .... May Arnold
An Even Break (1912) .... Elvira
The New Clerk (1912/I) .... The Girl behind the Counter
Only an Iceman (1911) .... Violet
Over the Hills (1911)
Those Jersey Cowpunchers (1911)
Across the Divide (1911) (unconfirmed) .... Mary
The Parson and the Bully (1911) (unconfirmed) .... The Parson's Daughter
Alias Yellowstone Joe (1911) .... The Sheriff's Daughter
A Message from the West (1911) .... The Wife
At Sunset Ranch (1911)
The Sheriff's Mistake (1911)
The Cowpuncher (1911)
His Trust Fulfilled (1911)
His Trust (1911)
Help Wanted (1911)
Not So Bad as It Seemed (1910)
Sunshine Sue (1910)
The Passing of a Grouch (1910)
A Gold Necklace (1910)
One Night, and Then -- (1910)
Her Terrible Ordeal (1910)

What's Your Hurry? (1909) .... On Street
His Lost Love (1909) .... At Wedding
The Friend of the Family (1909) .... Estelle Morse (unconfirmed)
The Way of Man (1909) .... Wedding Guest
The Peachbasket Hat (1909) .... Visitor
... aka "The Peach-Basket Hat" - USA (alternative title)
Her First Biscuits (1909) .... Biscuit Victim
The Lonely Villa (1909) .... At the Inn
The Violin Maker of Cremona (1909) .... In Crowd
His Duty (1909) .... One of the children on the street
The Cricket on the Hearth (1909) .... May Fielding
Eloping with Auntie (1909) .... In Store
The Jilt (1909) .... Wedding Guest
One Busy Hour (1909) .... Customer
The Suicide Club (1909/I) .... The Woman
The Test of Friendship (1908)
The Feud and the Turkey (1908)