~Mary Fuller~

Born: October 5, 1888 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: December 9, 1973 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
The leading lady of the pioneering Edison company, brunette Mary Fuller was a major early movie
star who, by 1914, rivaled Mary Pickford in popularity. Although she appeared in a wide variety of
roles from her debut in 1907, Fuller is today only remembered as the star of What Happened to
Mary? (1912), the forerunner of the adventure serial. Based on a series of stories published in
McClure's Ladies World Magazine, the 12 installments of What Happened to Mary? depicted how
Mary, a foundling, had to fend for herself in an inhospitable world. Each chapter was a
self-contained story and was geared more toward poignant drama than the heart-palpitating
excitement of the later serial format. Still, What Happened to Mary and its 1913 sequel Who Will
Marry Mary? are considered the origins of the chapterplay genre and Mary Fuller is often
mentioned alongside Kathlyn Williams, Pearl White, Helen Holmes, and Ruth Roland, all serial
queens benefiting from her pioneering work. When Edison failed to promote Fuller's latest series
The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies (1914), yet another co-venture with the Ladies World
Magazine, the actress jumped ship and signed a lucrative contract with Universal. Promoted as that
company's answer to Mary Pickford, Fuller starred in such melodramas as: The Witch Girl (1914)
with Charles Ogle; A Daughter of the Nile (1915) opposite Pickford's brother-in-law Matt Moore;
and Under Southern Skies (1915), her first feature-length production. Then, after finishing work on
The Long Trail (1917), Mary Fuller seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. For decades
her whereabouts remained a mystery and as time went on, the question of "What Happened to
Mary Fuller?" seemed increasingly unanswerable. Then in the mid-'90s, a couple of enterprising
film historians managed to track her down. Unfortunately, Mary Fuller's later life in obscurity was
fraught with sadness and seemed right out of one of her films. She had apparently suffered a
nervous breakdown following a star-crossed love affair with a married opera singer. Returning to
her hometown of Washington, D.C., Fuller entered a mental institution to undergo lengthy
treatment, completely severing her ties to the entertainment world. In 1926, she returned to
Hollywood and attempted to resume her screen career but there were no takers. The death of her
mother in 1946 brought on another breakdown, and on July 1, 1947, Fuller was admitted to
Washington's St. Elizabeth Hospital. She remained there for 25 years, until her death in December

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~

To the Highest Bidder (1917)
The Untamed (1917)
The Beautiful Impostor (1917)
The Long Trail (1917) .... Louise Graham
Public Be Damned (1917) .... Marion Fernley
Mother's Guiding Hand (1916)
Stolen Honors (1916)
Cheaters (1916)
Love's Masquerade (1916)
The Trail of Chance (1916)
A Splash of Local Color (1916)
The Garden of Shadows (1916)
Behind the Veil (1916)
The Scarlet Mark (1916)
The Limousine Mystery (1916)
The Three Wishes (1916)
The Huntress of Men (1916) .... The Huntress
The Girl Who Feared Daylight (1916)
Thrown to the Lions (1916) .... Linnie Carter
The Little Fraud (1916)
The Strength of the Weak (1916) .... Pauline D'Arcy
Madame Cubist (1916)
A Sea Mystery (1916)
The Heart of a Mermaid (1916)
The Tale of the 'C' (1915)
Li'l Nor'wester (1915)
The Woman Who Lied (1915) .... Cleo Martell
Under Southern Skies (1915) .... Lelia Crofton
The Taming of Mary (1915)
Jeanne of the Woods (1915)
The Little White Violet (1915)
Circus Mary (1915)
A Daughter of the Nile (1915) .... Anaioe aka The Sphinx
The Judgment of Men (1915) .... Mary
A Witch of Salem Town (1915) .... Desire
The Girl Who Had a Soul (1915)
The Honor of the Ormsbys (1915) .... Mary Hempden of the Folly Theatre
The Rustle of a Skirt (1915) .... Marietta Carew
Mary's Duke (1915)
The Golden Spider (1915)
The Master Mummer (1915)
The Unhidden Treasure (1915)
The Laugh That Died (1915)
The Counterfeit (1915)
Everygirl (1915/I)
The Bribe (1915)
His Guardian Angel (1915)
My Lady High and Mighty (1915)
The Virtuoso (1914)
The Heart of the Hills (1914)
A Lonely Salvation (1914)
The Heart of the Night Wind (1914)
The Phantom Cracksman (1914)
A Girl of the People (1914)
His Big Chance (1914)
The Witch Girl (1914) .... The Witch Girl
The Viking Queen (1914)
Lost -- a Pair of Shoes (1914)
Frederick the Great (1914)
When East Met West in Boston (1914)
A Princess of the Desert (1914)
Comedy and Tragedy (1914)
His Grandchild (1914)
The Man of Destiny (1914)
How the Earth Was Carpeted (1914)
The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies (1914) .... Dolly
The Necklace of Rameses (1914)
A Lonely Road (1914)
A Tudor Princess (1913)
Alexia's Strategy (1913)
Elise, the Forester's Daughter (1913)
A Face from the Past (1913)
A Woodland Paradise (1913)
A Daughter of the Wilderness (1913)
The Girl and the Outlaw (1913)
The Contents of the Suitcase (1913)
A Light on Troubled Waters (1913)
Joyce of the North Woods (1913) .... Joyce
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1913)
The Romance of Rowena (1913)
The Robbers (1913)
Who Will Marry Mary? (1913) .... Mary Cuyler
All on Account of a Portrait (1913)
Fortune Smiles (1913) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 12" - USA (alternative title)
Mary Stuart (1913)
Mercy Merrick (1913)
An Almond-Eyed Maid (1913)
The Translation of a Savage (1913)
The Prophecy (1913/I)
When Greek Meets Greek (1913)
When the Right Man Comes Along (1913)
The High Tide of Misfortune (1913) .... Mary
With the Eyes of the Blind (1913)
The Elder Brother (1913)
A Way to the Underworld (1913) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 9" - USA (alternative title)
The Dean's Daughters (1913)
Kathleen Mavourneen (1913/II)
A Will and a Way (1913) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 8" - USA (alternative title)
The Minister's Temptation (1913)
The Princess and the Man (1913) .... Princess Margaret
False to Their Trust (1913) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 7" - USA (alternative title)
The Ambassador's Daughter (1913) .... Foreign Conspirator
Leonie (1913) .... Leonie - a Model
It Is Never Too Late to Mend (1913)
A Race to New York (1913) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 11" - USA (alternative title)
For Her (1912) .... Mary Hart - John's Daughter
A Clue to Her Parentage (1912) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 6" - USA (alternative title)
Fog (1912) .... Liz
A Letter to the Princess (1912) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 5" - USA (alternative title)
The Affair at Raynor's (1912) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 4" - USA (alternative title)
Mary in Stage Land (1912) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 3" - USA (alternative title)
The Governor (1912)
Alone in New York (1912) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 2" - USA (alternative title)
The Cub Reporter (1912) .... Molly Masters
Mr. Pickwick's Predicament (1912)
The Harbinger of Peace (1912) .... Dora Wilson - the Daughter
The Librarian (1912) .... Betty Gibbs
More Precious Than Gold (1912) .... Jean Nelson
What Happened to Mary? (1912/I) .... Mary
The Escape from Bondage (1912) .... Mary
... aka "What Happened to Mary? Episode 1" - USA (alternative title)
The Artist's Joke (1912)
Partners for Life (1912) .... Molly
Master and Pupil (1912)
The Little Bride of Heaven (1912) .... Carmelita
Martin Chuzzlewit (1912)
The Convict's Parole (1912)
A Personal Affair (1912)
Treasure Island (1912)
Politics and Love (1912) .... Heenan's Daughter
An Unusual Sacrifice (1912)
The Little Woolen Shoe (1912) .... The Wife
The Dumb Wooing (1912) .... The Young Miss
The Insurgent Senator (1912)
Is He Eligible? (1912)
How Washington Crossed the Delaware (1912)
For the Commonwealth (1912) .... The Wife
A Cowboy's Stratagem (1912)
Tony's Oath of Vengeance (1912)
Children Who Labor (1912) .... The Wife - an Immigrant Mother
The Jewels (1912) .... Mrs. Thomas Taylor
The Stolen Nickel (1912) .... Billy's Mother
The Bachelor's Waterloo (1912) .... The Bachelor's Waterloo
... aka "The Bachelor's Waterloo: A Leap Year Story" - USA (alternative title)
A Question of Seconds (1912) .... Bonita - the Ranchman's Daughter
Thirty Days at Hard Labor (1912) .... Beatrice, his daughter
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (1911) .... The Farmer's Daughter
An International Heart Breaker (1911) .... The Heart Breaker
The Daisy Cowboys (1911) .... Millie - from the East
The Awakening of John Bond (1911) .... Nellie O'Brien
The Lure of the City (1911) .... The Girl
The Story of the Indian Ledge (1911) .... A Tourist
... aka "The Story of Indian Ledge" - USA (alternative title)
The Ghost's Warning (1911) .... The Millionaire's Daughter
A Modern Cinderella (1911) .... A Modern Cinderella
The Girl and the Motor Boat (1911) .... The Girl
The Reform Candidate (1911) .... Edith - a Reporter
A Conspiracy Against the King (1911) .... Cicely - the Nobleman's Daughter
At the Threshold of Life (1911) .... Miss Gray
Foul Play (1911) .... Helen Rolleston - the General's Daughter
The Three Musketeers: Part 2 (1911) .... Constance, the Queen's Attendent
The Three Musketeers: Part 1 (1911) .... Constance, the Queen's Attendant
The Silent Tongue (1911) .... The Girl with the Silent Tongue
The Surgeon's Temptation (1911) .... Cecilia West
The Professor and the New Hat (1911) .... The Professor's Daughter
The Modern Dianas (1911) .... Diana
Two Officers (1911) .... Helen
Sir George and the Heiress (1911)
The Switchman's Tower (1911) .... Bill's Wife
Trading His Mother (1911) .... The Widowed Mother
The Star Spangled Banner (1911)
... aka "United States History Series #1: The Star Spangled Banner" - USA (series title)
A Thoroughbred (1911)
Her Brother's Photograph (1911)
The Wager and the Wage Earners (1911)
The Cardinal's Edict (1911)
A Sane Fourth of July (1911) .... The Widow
Madeline's Rebellion (1911) .... Madeline
Aida (1911/I) .... Aida
Josh and Cindy's Wedding Trip (1911) .... Cindy Snodgrass
Turned to the Wall (1911)
A Card of Introduction (1911)
Nell's Last Deal (1911) .... Nell
The Resurrection of John (1911)
The Test of Love (1911/I) .... The Blind Girl
A Stage Romance (1911)
Girl of the Mountains (1911) (as Claire Fuller) .... Gwyneth Lewellyn - a Girl of the Mountains
Three Men and a Maid (1911) .... A Young Orphan and Cousin
In the Days of Chivalry (1911)
Arms and the Woman (1910)
The House of the Seven Gables (1910) .... Hepzibah Pyncheon
The Farmer's Daughter (1910/I)
Ononko's Vow (1910)
From Tyranny to Liberty (1910)
The Lady and the Burglar (1910)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910/I) .... Eliza
A Modern Cinderella (1910)
The Peacemaker (1910)
Sisters (1910)
The Princess and the Peasant (1910)
Carminella (1910)
For Her Sister's Sake (1910)
Elektra (1910) .... Elektra
Michael Strogoff (1910)
Frankenstein (1910) (uncredited) .... Elizabeth
Luck of Roaring Camp (1910)
The Engineer's Romance (1910)

The House of Cards (1909) .... The Girl
Bluebeard (1909)
A Rose of the Tenderloin (1909)
Hansel and Gretel (1909) .... Gretel
Betty's Choice (1909)
A Child of the Forest (1909)
Lochinvar (1909)
The Foundling (1909)
... aka "The Foundling: A Dressing Room Waif" - USA (alternative title)
Fuss and Feathers (1909)
King Lear (1909)
Jessie, the Stolen Child (1909)
A Sister's Love: A Tale of the Franco-Prussian War (1909)
... aka "A Sister's Love" - USA (short title)
The Flower Girl of Paris (1908)
A Jealous Old Maid; or, No One to Love Her (1908)
... aka "Jealous Old Maid" - USA (short title)
The Stage-Struck Daughter (1908)
Leah the Forsaken (1908)
The Ugly Duckling (1907)


The Golden Spider (1915) (scenario)
The Virtuoso (1914) (scenario)
The Viking Queen (1914) (story)
A Princess of the Desert (1914)
A Woodland Paradise (1913) (writer)
The Prophecy (1913/I) (scenario)
When Greek Meets Greek (1913) (scenario)
When the Right Man Comes Along (1913) (scenario)