~Kathlyn Williams~

Born: May 31, 1879 in Butte, Montana, USA
Died: September 23, 1960 in Hollywood, CA, USA
A major star of the early silent era, blonde Kathlyn Williams is best-remembered for playing Cherry
Malotte in the first, and by all accounts best, screen version of Rex Beach's The Spoilers (1914) and for
starring in the seminal action serial The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913). The first chapterplay with
holdover action, Adventures was but one in a number of melodramas teaming the apparently fearless
actress with the Selig Polyscope Company's famous stable of wild animals (the nucleus for what
would later become the Los Angeles Zoo). A professional actress since childhood, Williams had been
a member of the famous Belasco Stock Company and had appeared with Willard Mack prior to
making her screen debut for D.W. Griffith at the old Biograph studios in 1909. She didn't remain for
long with Biograph, however, defecting to the Chicago-based Selig Polyscope Company in June 1910.

Relocated to Los Angeles, Williams went on to become Selig's top female star and, following the 1913
release of The Adventures of Kathlyn, one of the nation's great screen icons. At one point, Williams
had both a waltz and a clothing line named after her and she proved her worth to the company once
again by exhibiting a hitherto uncharted thespian talent as the free-spirited dancehall girl Cherry
Malotte in The Spoilers. William Farnum and Thomas Santschi may have had their much-publicized
brawl but Williams added her own unique brand of frontier gusto to the proceedings.

Williams remained with Selig until the company's declining days, when she left to star for various
Paramount companies, with the era's great matinee idol Wallace Reid as her frequent co-star. By the
1920s, however, she had visibly aged, causing speculation that she may well have been much older
that her publicized age. She gracefully accepted supporting roles throughout the decade and can be
seen in such Roaring Twenties classics as Our Dancing Daughters (1928), in which she plays Anita
Page's society mother. Socially prominent, she retired after only a handful of talkies, including a brief
stint as Warner Baxter's sister-in-law in Daddy Long Legs (1931). There were talks of comebacks but
none emerged and she suffered the loss of a leg in a car accident in 1949, spending her remaining
years bound to a wheelchair. Williams, whose death in 1960 was ascribed to a massive heart attack,
often reminisced that the dangers she faced in her early silent action melodramas were due more to
natural causes than injuries inflicted by her numerous animal co-stars.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Single Standard (1929) .... Mrs. Glendenning ... Movie Still Code: 430-X
A Single Man (1929) .... Mrs. Cottrell
Our Dancing Daughters (1928) .... Ann's mother
Honeymoon Flats (1928) .... Mrs. Garland
We Americans (1928) .... Mrs. Bradleigh
... aka The Heart of a Nation (UK)
Sally in Our Alley (1927) .... Mrs. Gordon Mansfield
The Best People (1925) .... Mrs. Lenox
The Wanderer (1925) .... Huldah
Locked Doors (1925) .... Laura Carter
The Painted Flapper (1924) .... Isabel Whitney
The City That Never Sleeps (1924) .... Mrs. Kendall
Single Wives (1924) .... Dorothy Van Clark
The Enemy Sex (1924) .... Mrs. Massingale
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1924) .... Magdalene Virey
When a Girl Loves (1924) .... Helen, Michael's Wife
The Spanish Dancer (1923) .... Queen Isabel of Bourbon
Broadway Gold (1923) .... Jean Valjean
Trimmed in Scarlet (1923) .... Cordelia Ebbing/Madame de laFleur
The World's Applause (1923) .... Elsa Townsend
Clarence (1922) .... Mrs. Wheeler
A Virginia Courtship (1921) .... Constance Llewellyn
A Man's Home (1921) .... Frances Osborn
Morals (1921) .... Judith Mainwaring
Everything for Sale (1921) .... Mrs. Wainwright
A Private Scandal (1921) .... Carol Lawton
Hush (1921) .... Isabel Dane
Forbidden Fruit (1921) .... Mrs. Mallory
The U.P. Trail (1920) .... 'Beauty' Stanton
Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1920) .... Mrs. Adaile
The Prince Chap (1920) .... Alice Travers
The Tree of Knowledge (1920) .... Belle
Just a Wife (1920) .... Eleanor Lathrop

A Girl Named Mary (1919) .... Mrs. Jaffrey ... Movie Still Code: M57-X
Her Kingdom of Dreams (1919) .... Penelope Warren
Her Purchase Price (1919) .... Diana Vane
The Better Wife (1919) .... Lady Beverly
We Can't Have Everything (1918) .... Charity Coe Cheever
The Whispering Chorus (1918) .... Jane Tremble
The Things We Love (1918) .... Margaret Kenwood
Pioneer Days (1917)
The African Jungle (1917)
Big Timber (1917) .... Stella Benton
The Highway of Hope (1917) .... Lonely Lou
The Cost of Hatred (1917) .... Elsie Graves/Sarita Graves
Out of the Wreck (1917) .... Agnes Aldrich
A Man, a Girl, and a Lion (1917)
The Voice That Led Him (1917)
Redeeming Love (1916) .... Naomi Sterling
The Brand of Cain (1916)
The Return (1916/I)
The Valiants of Virginia (1916) .... Shirley Dandridge
Into the Primitive (1916) .... Jennie Leslie
The Temptation of Adam (1916)
The Devil, the Servant and the Man (1916)
Number 13, Westbound (1916)
The Ne'er Do Well (1916) .... Mrs. Edith Cortlandt
The Adventures of Kathlyn (1916) .... Kathlyn Hare
The Black Orchid (1916)
Thou Shalt Not Covet (1916/I) .... My Neighbor's Wife
Sweet Lady Peggy (1916)
The Coquette's Awakening (1915) .... The Flirt
Sweet Alyssum (1915) .... Daisy Brooks
A Sultana of the Desert (1915)
The Strange Case of Talmai Lind (1915)
Ebb Tide (1915)
The Rosary (1915) .... Vera Wallace
The Carpet from Bagdad (1915) .... Fortuna Chedsoye
The Vision of the Shepherd (1915)
Till Death Us Do Part (1914)
The Lady or the Tigers (1914)
Her Sacrifice (1914)
The Story of the Blood Red Rose (1914) .... Godiva
The Losing Fight (1914)
The Tragedy That Lived (1914)
The Woman of It (1914)
Hearts and Masks (1914)
Chip of the Flying U (1914) .... Della, the 'Little Doctor'
The Speck on the Wall (1914)
In Tune with the Wild (1914)
A Woman Laughs (1914)
Caryl of the Mountains (1914)
The Leopard's Foundling (1914)
The Spoilers (1914) .... Cherry Malotte
The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913) .... Kathlyn Hare
In the Midst of the Jungle (1913)
Thor, Lord of the Jungles (1913)
The Conscience Fund (1913) (unconfirmed)
The Young Mrs. Eames (1913) .... Mrs. Dorris Eames
Two Too Many (1913)
The Child of the Sea (1913)
The Flight of the Crow (1913)
The Mansion of Misery (1913)
Man and His Other Self (1913)
The Tree and the Chaff (1913)
Mrs. Hilton's Jewels (1913) .... Mrs. Hilton
Woman: Past and Present (1913) .... Miss America
The Girl and the Judge (1913) .... The Girl
The Stolen Melody (1913)
Lieutenant Jones (1913)
A Welded Friendship (1913) .... Mary Wilton/Violet Trevor
Their Stepmother (1913)
The Burglar Who Robbed Death (1913)
... aka When a Burglar Robbed Death
A Wise Old Elephant (1913)
With Love's Eyes (1913) .... Virginia, the Girl
Two Men and a Woman (1913) .... Carrie Conrad, The Woman
The Artist and the Brute (1913)
The Governor's Daughter (1913/I)
A Little Child Shall Lead Them (1913/I) .... Helen Brant
The Lipton Cup: Introducing Sir Thomas Lipton (1913)
I Hear Her Calling Me (from the Heart of Africa) (1913)
The Love of Penelope (1913)
The Tide of Destiny (1913)
Harbor Island (1912) .... Isabel Arieno
The House of His Master (1912) .... Mrs. Robert Stern
As the Fates Decree (1912)
The Girl at the Cupola (1912) .... Jessie
An Unexpected Fortune (1912)
On the Trail of the Germs (1912)
... aka On the Trail of the Germ (USA)
The Adopted Son (1912)
The Girl with the Lantern (1912)
The Turning Point (1912/I)
The Stronger Mind (1912)
The Coming of Columbus (1912)
The Devil, the Servant and the Man (1912)
When the Heart Rules (1912)
Driftwood (1912/I)
Sons of the North Woods (1912)
The Brotherhood of Man (1912)
When Memory Calls (1912)
... aka The Misanthrope Heart (USA)
The Horseshoe (1912)
The Prosecuting Attorney (1912)
Paid Back (1911)
Getting Married (1911)
The Inner Mind (1911) .... The Maid
Lost in the Jungle (1911) .... Meta Kruga
How They Stopped the Run on the Bank (1911) .... Dorothy Church - the President's Daughter
... aka The Run on the Bank (USA)
Maud Muller (1911) .... Maud Muller
The Two Orphans (1911) .... Henriette (orphan)
... aka Kate Claxton's Two Orphans
The Wheels of Justice (1911)
Wheels of Justice (1911)
Dad's Girls (1911) .... Rose
Life on the Border (1911) .... The Pioneer Wife
Jealous George (1911)
Captain Kate (1911) .... Captain Kate
... aka Captain Kate; or, The Animal Trainer's Daughter (USA)
... aka The Animal Trainer's Daughter
The Ne'er Do Well (1911)
Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1911)
The Rose of Old St. Augustine (1911) .... Dolores, the Rose of St. Augustine
Jim and Joe (1911)
Back to the Primitive (1911)
In Old California When the Gringos Came (1911)
The Witch of the Everglades (1911) .... Nora
1861 (1911)
The Man from the East (1911)
The Survival of the Fittest (1911)
The Curse of the Redman (1911)
Busy Day at the Selig General Office (1911)
The Queen of Hearts (1910)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1910) .... Mrs. Ford
Blasted Hopes (1910)
Dora Thorne (1910) .... Dora Thorne
Mazeppa, or the Wild Horse of Tartary (1910)
... aka Mazeppa
The Fire Chief's Daughter (1910)
Thou Shalt Not (1910) .... The Actress
A Romance of the Western Hills (1910) .... Second Woman
Gold Is Not All (1910) .... Tomm's Mistress
Taming Wild Animals (1910)
Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (1909) .... Extra
The Politician's Love Story (1909) .... Extra
On Thanksgiving Day (1908)