Charlotte Burton

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Charlotte Burton
Charlotte Burton 1916.jpg
Photograph by Fred Hartsook, 1916
Born (1881-05-30)May 30, 1881
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died March 28, 1942(1942-03-28) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) William Russell (m. 1917–27)
Darrell Stuart (m. ?–1942)

Charlotte Burton (May 30, 1881 – March 28, 1942) was an American silent film actress.

Career[edit]

Born in San Francisco, Burton was signed by the American Film Manufacturing Company in 1912 where she worked for several years. She joined Essanay Studio which she sued in 1919 for $25,000 for breach of contract. She originally signed with the company believing she would be acting in mostly drama film but she was cast in mostly comedy films. Her salary had been $200 a week with an option for her services at the rate of $300 a week for a second year. Charlotte claimed that she was signed by Essanay business manager, Vernon R. Day, to a contract extending from November 1916 until November 1918. She was discharged without reason. When Burton came to the Chicago, studio she refused a role offered her in a Black Cat comedy, presented to her by Essanay president George K. Spoor. She declined because she was not a comedienne. Instead, she accepted a role as leading lady in a film featuring Henry B. Wallace. She admitted that she was paid for ten weeks, at $200 per week, prior to being dumped by Essanay. Essanay executives claimed Burton automatically voided her contract when she refused the comedic part.

Upon arriving in California, Burton stayed for a time at the Angleus. She came there from New York and was on her way to Santa Barbara, California to work for the American Film Company, which had its studios there. In May 1916, Burton was involved in making The Man Who Would Not Die, directed by William F. Russell and Jack Prescott.

The company of American and Canadian players spent a week in Long Beach, California, filming water scenes. Others in the cast were Harry Keenan and Leona Hutton. The script was written by Mabel Condon. Among her many co-stars in motion pictures were Mary Miles Minter, William Russell, Harold Lockwood, and Lottie Pickford.

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1917, Burton married actor William Russell in Santa Ana, California. The divorced in 1921.

Charlotte Burton Stuart died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California in 1942 from a heart attack. She was 60 years old. She was survived by her second husband, Darrell Stuart, a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Coombs, and two sisters.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1912 It Happened Thus The Older Daughter
1913 The Awakening
The Rose of San Juan
The Road to Ruin
Her Big Story
The Oath of Pierre Julia Naughton, of the border line
Through the Neighbor's Window
The Flirt and the Bandit
Trapped in a Forest Fire
The Shriner's Daughter
1914 Lola May, Lola's sister
The Mirror
The Redemption of a Pal Irene, his sister
Jail Birds Mrs. Patterson
The Final Impulse Ruth
A Slice of Life Jessie, Jim's wife
Old Enough to Be Her Grandpa Lilyan DeVoe
In the Candlelight Nina, a model
The Archeologist Edna Lee
The Beggar Child Rosa, his servant
1915 Refining Fires Nina - the judge's daughter
Heart of Flame Beppa
A Touch of Love Martha
The Day of Reckoning Rita Marr
She Walketh Alone Rita Horton
The Diamond from the Sky Vivian Marston
1916 The Thoroughbred Angela Earle
The Craving Roby
The Bruiser Fen Bernham
The Highest Bid Elsie Burleigh
The Strength of Donald McKenzie Mab el Condon
The Man Who Would Not Die Agnes
The Torch Bearer Janet Dare
The Love Hermit Marie Bolton
Lone Star Helen Mattes
The Twinkler Rose Burke
1918 Up Romance Road Marta Millbanke
Hearts or Diamonds? Adrienne Gascoyne
1919 Man's Desire Vera Patton
1920 Polly of the Storm Country Evelyn Robertson

References[edit]

  • Janesville, Wisconsin Daily Gazette, "News and Notes from Movieland", August 16, 1916, Page 6.
  • The Los Angeles Times, "Personals", January 1, 1913, Page III4.
  • The Los Angeles Times, "Studio", May 28, 1916, Page III19.
  • The Los Angeles Times, "Seeks Money Balm", October 22, 1919, Page I15.
  • Oakland Tribune, "Romances In Film World Revealed", Sunday Morning, June 24, 1917, Page 19.
  • The Los Angeles Times, "Mrs. Charlotte B. Stuart", March 31, 1942, Page 14.
  • Rothwell-Smith, Paul. Silent Films! the Performers (2011) ISBN 9781907540325

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