Jennie Lee (actress)

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Jennie Lee
The Old Chemist (1915) - 7.jpg
Still from The Old Chemist (1915) with Jennie Lee (in blackface) and Frank Bennett
Born (1848-09-04)September 4, 1848
Sacramento, California
Died August 5, 1925(1925-08-05) (aged 76)
Hollywood, California
Years active 1912-1924

Jennie Lee (née Mary Jane Lee; 4 September 1848 – 5 August 1925) was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in fifty-eight films between 1912 and 1924, working especially in character parts under the directors John Ford and D. W. Griffith.

Lee began her stage career at the age of nine, and went on to support such actors as John Edward McCullough, Joseph Jefferson, Edwin Booth, and Helena Modjeska.[1]

She was born in Sacramento, California, and died in Hollywood, California. Her husband was the actor William Courtright. Incontestably, Lee's most famous portrayal was of Mammy, in The Birth of a Nation.

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  1. ^ Motion Picture Studio Directory, 1921, p. 146

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