Violet Kemble-Cooper

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Violet Kemble-Cooper
Violet Kemble-Cooper in Cardinal Richelieu.jpg
Violet Kemble-Cooper in Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
Born Violet Kemble-Cooper
December 12, 1886
London, England
Died August 17, 1961
Hollywood, California
Other names Violet Kemble Cooper
Occupation Actress
Years active 1905- 1936
Spouse(s) Walter Ferris

Violet Kemble-Cooper (December 12, 1886 - August 17, 1961) was a stage and film actress born in London and descended from a well known theatrical family; the Kemble family. Her father was Frank Kemble-Cooper(1857-1918) and her sisters were Lillian Kemble-Cooper and Greta Kemble Cooper, brother was Anthony Kemble Cooper. An uncle was revered thespian H. Cooper Cliffe.

She made her first stage appearance in 1905 in her native England in a production of Charley's Aunt. By 1912 she was in America touring and in stock plays with such luminaries as Blanche Bates and Laurette Taylor. She appeared with John and Ethel Barrymore in Claire de Lune on Broadway in 1921.[1]

Violet spent her formative years acting in the theater and never appeared in silent films. She appeared in talkies beginning with the Constance Bennett film Our Betters (1933). She appeared in several more films including The Invisible Ray (1936) with Boris Karloff. Her last movie was the MGM costumer Romeo and Juliet (1936).[2]

She was married to Walter Ferris, a writer. They had at least one son, Stuart Ferris.[3] She died of a stroke and Parkinson's disease in 1961.[4]

in the play Clair de Lune (1921) with John Barrymore



  1. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976 compilations of John Parker's annual editions;1976 versions compiled by Gale Research
  2. ^ Who Was Who on the Screen by Evelyn M. Truitt (1983)
  3. ^ Walter Ferris findagrave memorial, photo with son Stuart
  4. ^ Silent Film Necrology by Eugene Michael Vazzana c.2001

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