~May Allison~

Born: June 14, 1890 in Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA
Died: March 27, 1989 in Bratenahl, Ohio, USA
Blonde and delicate-looking, May Allison made her debut as the ingenue in A Fool There Was
(1914), but that film became Theda Bara's star-making vamp breakthrough, and Allison failed to
make much of an impression. She needed a strong partner in order to shine onscreen and Allison
found him in Harold Lockwood, an equally fair-haired leading man; together they became the very
picture of World War I romance in a series of programmers that, although popular, all seemed to
run together. Tragically, Lockwood became one of the most famous victims of the 1918 influenza
epidemic and without him, Allison's career lost its momentum. Audiences thought they were a
couple offscreen as well as on, but she married instead the actor/writer Robert Ellis. After the
divorce, she wed -- rather more famously -- James Quirk, the editor of the influential fan magazine
Photoplay. He left her a widow in 1932 and she married a third time, a union that lasted for forty
years. May Allison died at the ripe old age of 99, seven decades after making her last film, The
Telephone Girl (1927).

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Telephone Girl (1927) .... Grace Robinson
Her Indiscretion (1927)
One Increasing Purpose (1927) .... Linda Travers Paris
The City (1926) .... Elinor Voorhees
Mismates (1926) .... Belle
Men of Steel (1926) .... Clare Pitt
The Greater Glory (1926) .... Corinne
Wreckage (1925) .... Rene
I Want My Man (1925) .... Lael
Youth for Sale (1924) .... Molly Malloy
... aka Youth to Sell (USA: alternative title)
Flapper Wives (1924) .... Claudia Bigelow
... aka Perilous Love
The Broad Road (1923) .... Mary Ellen Haley
The Woman Who Fooled Herself (1922) .... Eva Lee
Big Game (1921/I) .... Eleanor Winthrop
The Last Card (1921) .... Elsie Kirkwood
Extravagance (1921) .... Nancy Vane
The Marriage of William Ashe (1921) .... Lady Kitty Bristol
Are All Men Alike? (1920) .... Teddy Hayden
Held in Trust (1920) .... Mary Manchester
The Cheater (1920) .... Lilly Meany, aka Vashti Dethic

The Walk-Offs (1920) .... Kathleen Rutherford
Fair and Warmer (1919) .... Laura Bartlett
The Uplifters (1919) .... Hortense Troutt
Almost Married (1919/I) .... Adrienne Le Blanc
Castles in the Air (1919) .... Fortuna Donnelly
The Island of Intrigue (1919) .... Maida Waring
Peggy Does Her Darndest (1919) .... Peggy Ensloe
In for Thirty Days (1919) .... Helen Corning
Her Inspiration (1918) .... Kate Kendall
The Testing of Mildred Vane (1918) .... Mildred Vane
The Return of Mary (1918) .... Mary
A Successful Adventure (1918) .... Virginia Houston
The Winning of Beatrice (1918) .... Beatrice Buckley
Social Hypocrites (1918) .... Leonore Fielding
The Hidden Children (1917) .... Lois de Contrecoeur
The Promise (1917) .... Ethel Manton
Pidgin Island (1916) .... Diana Wynne
Big Tremaine (1916) .... Isobel Malvern
Mister 44 (1916) .... Sadie Hicks
The River of Romance (1916) .... Rosalind Chalmers
The Masked Rider (1916) .... Jill Jamison
The Come-Back (1916) .... Patta Heberton
... aka The Come Back (USA)
Life's Blind Alley (1916) .... Helen Keating
Lillo of the Sulu Seas (1916)
The Broken Cross (1916)
The Man in the Sombrero (1916)
The Gamble (1916)
The Secret Wire (1916)
The Other Side of the Door (1916)
The Tragic Circle (1915)
The Buzzard's Shadow (1915) .... Alice Corbett
The End of the Road (1915) .... Grace Wilson
... aka A Web of Intrigue (USA: reissue title)
Pardoned (1915)
The House of a Thousand Scandals (1915) .... Martha Hobbs
... aka The House of Scandals
The Great Question (1915)
The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915) .... Loulie
The Governor's Lady (1915) .... Katherine Strickland
David Harum (1915) .... Mary Blake
A Fool There Was (1915) .... The Wife's Sister