Minta Durfee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Minta Durfee
Photoplay Magazine, December, 1915
Born Araminta Estelle Durfee
(1889-10-01)October 1, 1889
Los Angeles, California
Died September 9, 1975(1975-09-09) (aged 85)
Woodland Hills, California
Other names Minta Durfee Arbuckle
Occupation Actress
Years active 1913–1971
Spouse(s) Roscoe Arbuckle
(m.1908-1925; divorced)

Araminta Estelle "Minta" Durfee (October 1, 1889 – September 9, 1975) was an American silent film actress from Los Angeles, California, possibly best known for her role in Mickey (1918).


She met Roscoe Arbuckle when he was attempting to get started in theater and the two married in August 1908. Durfee entered show business in local companies as a chorus girl at the age of seventeen. She was the first leading lady of Charlie Chaplin.

Durfee and Arbuckle separated in 1921, just prior to a scandal involving the death of starlet Virginia Rappe. There were three trials and finally Arbuckle was acquitted. His career was destroyed and he received few job offers. Durfee and Arbuckle were divorced in 1925. Durfee was quoted in her later years as saying Arbuckle was the most generous human being I've ever met, and if I had to do it all over again, I'd still marry the same man.[1]

Durfee was an avid defender of Mabel Normand, who was a close friend, and spoke fondly of her until her own death.[1]

Durfee was a regular performer on television, appearing on such shows as Noah's Ark (1956). She had minor roles in motion pictures like How Green Was My Valley (1941), Naughty Marietta (1935), Rose-Marie (1936), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

In later life, Durfee gave lectures on silent film and held retrospectives on her and her husband's pictures. She was surprised and excited by the renewed interest in silent film and did her best to help.[1]

Minta Durfee died in Woodland Hills, California at the Motion Picture Country Home in 1975. She suffered from a heart ailment.[2][3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Excerpts of Interview with Minta Durfee Arbuckle by Don Schneider and Stephen Normand
  2. ^ "Minta Durfee, Actress, 85, Dies; Former Wife of Fatty Arbuckle". New York Times. September 12, 1975. Retrieved 2008-07-03. Minta Durfee, the actress who was married to Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle and became Charlie Chaplin's first motionpicture leading lady, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, a Los Angeles suburb. 
  3. ^ Del Olmo, Frank (September 12, 1975). "Fatty Arbuckle's First Wife Dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-03. Former motion picture actress Minta Durfee Arbuckle, first wife of movie comic Roscoe (Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin's first leading lady, has died at 85. 

External links[edit]