~Clarine Seymour~

Born: December 9, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: April 25, 1920 (age 21) in New York City, New York, USA
The Idol Dancer (1920) ... Mary

Scarlet Days (1919) ... Chiquita aka Little Flameheart
True Heart Susie (1919) ... Bettina Hopkins
The Girl Who Stayed at Home (1919) ... Cutie Beautiful
Toto's Troubles (Short) (1919)
Check Your Baggage (Short) (1918)
An Enemy of Soap (Short) (1918)
Just Rambling Along (Short) (1918) ... Pretty Lady
The Dippy Daughter (Short) (1918)
Nipped in the Bud (Short) (1918)
Do Husbands Deceive? (Short) (1918)
Beach Nuts (Short) (1918)
Fire the Cook (Short) (1918)
The Furniture Movers (Short) (1918)
His Busy Day (Short) (1918)
Fare, Please (Short) (1918)
A One Night Stand (Short) (1918)
It Happened to Adele (1917) ... Mary
Pots-and-Pans Peggy (1917)
The Mystery of the Double Cross (1917)
One of the least remembered of the many actresses molded by the great master himself, D.W. Griffith,
Clarine Seymour sadly did not live to witness the release of her first starring film, The Idol Dancer
(1920). A beautiful brunette with large, luminous eyes, Seymour had appeared in a couple of Thanhouser
productions in New York, supported serial queens Pearl White and Mollie King, and played second fiddle
to circus performer turned slapstick comic Toto prior to signing with Griffith in 1918. Unfortunately, with
the exception of True Heart Susie (1919), in which she was fine as the "other woman," none of her films
were among the director's best. In fact, Scarlet Days, an overly melodramatic Western, is by many
thought to be his very worst. But Seymour always emerged unscathed and usually with glowing reviews,
better even than those awarded Carol Dempster, the nominal star of Scarlet Days and Griffith's main
protegée at the time. The Idol Dancer, set on a tropical island and with Seymour playing an Eurasian
dancing girl tempting both Creighton Hale and Richard Barthelmess, was no masterpiece, either, but
Seymour earned star billing and the trade paper Exhibitors' Herald found her "more fascinating than
ever." This and most other reviews, sadly, were posted posthumously. Officially, Seymour's tragic death
was blamed on an intestinal malaise, but, according to Lillian Gish, who certainly was in a position to
know, the young actress succumbed from exposure suffered during the near arctic location filming of
Way Down East (1920), a fate eerily similar to what befell her character in True Heart Susie. Seymour
was summarily replaced by dancer Mary Hay but, again according to Gish, may still be spotted in a couple
of long shots.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com