Alberta Vaughn

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Alberta Vaughn
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Publicity photo of Vaughn from Stars of the Photoplay (1924)
Born (1904-06-27)June 27, 1904
Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
Died April 26, 1992(1992-04-26) (aged 87)
Studio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1921–1935
Spouse(s) Joseph Egil (1934-?)
John R. Thompson (1948-?)
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Alberta Vaughn (June 27, 1904 – April 26, 1992) was an American actress in silent motion pictures and early Western sound films. She appeared in some 130 motion pictures.

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Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Vaughn was a selected as a WAMPAS Baby Star along with Clara Bow and Dorothy Mackaill in 1924. Her movie career began in 1921 and continued until 1935. She often co-starred with actor Al Cook in comedies. She made Randy Rides Alone (1934) with John Wayne. In 1932, she was a member of the cast of Intermission, a play by Irving Kaye Davis in September 1932. The production opened in San Francisco, California and co-starred Madge Bellamy and Judith Voselli. Vaughn made her last onscreen appearance in the 1935 film The Live Wire opposite Richard Talmadge.

Alberta Vaughn and Richard Talmadge share a cigar in The Live Wire (1935).

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1926, Vaughn became engaged to actor and leading man Grant Withers. After announcing their engagement in October 1929, Vaughn traveled to New York to film some talking sequences for a movie she was filming in Hollywood. Withers broke off the engagement after he discovered Vaughn went out with friends to nightclubs in New York. Immediately after the wedding was called off, Vaughn returned to Hollywood as the fiancee of noted attorney (later agent and producer), Charles K. Feldman.

On April 8, 1934, Vaughn wed assistant casting director Joseph Egil of Paramount Pictures. They were married in Yuma, Arizona. She married a second time in 1948, this time to roofing contractor John R. Thompson.

In March 1949 Vaughn was jailed on an intoxication violation in Pasadena. She chose incarceration instead of paying a $25 fine. Her jail term was twelve and a half days. A previous drunken charge, then pending, would have added an additional four months to her sentence. Vaughn was arrested after an argument with her husband, John R. Thompson. The incident followed her release after serving eight months of a one-year sentence on the earlier instance.

She died in Studio City, California in 1992, aged 87, and was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1921 Stop Kidding
1922 Women First Credited as Alberta Vaughan
1923 A Friendly Husband Tootsie, Friend Wife
Down to the Sea in Shoes
1924 Picking Peaches His Wife
Fire When Ready Peggy Davis
1925 The Pacemakers Soda Jerk
The Sleuth His Wife
1926 Collegiate Patricia Steele
The Adorable Deceiver Princess Sylvia
1927 Ain't Love Funny? Helen Brice
The Romantic Age Sally
1928 Skyscraper Jane
Forbidden Hours Nina
1929 Molly and Me Peggy
Points West Dorothy
1930 The Setting Son
Eventually, But Not Now
1931 The Spell of the Circus Marie Wallace
Working Girls Violet
1932 Love in High Gear Betty
Midnight Morals Katy Dolan
1933 Alimony Madness Mary
Dance Hall Hostess Myra
1934 Randy Rides Alone Sally Rogers
1935 The Laramie Kid Peggy Bland
The Live Wire Madge King

Further reading[edit]

  • Michael G. Ankerich (2010). Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen. BearManor. ISBN 1-59393-605-2. 


  • Fresno Bee, Thursday, June 24, 1948, Page 14.
  • Nebraska Night Journal, Monday, January 14, 1929, Page 1.
  • New York Times, "Al Cook, Film Comedian, Dies", July 7, 1935, Page 22.
  • New York Times, "Theatrical Notes", September 17, 1932, Page 18.
  • New York Times, "Alberta Vaughn Wed", April 9, 1934, Page 20.
  • Oakland Tribune, Thursday Evening, September 16, 1926, Section B, Page 17.
  • Oakland Tribune, Wednesday Evening, October 12, 1927, Page 1.
  • St. Joseph Herald-Press, Thursday, "Former Silent Film Star Alberta Vaughn Is Jailed On Intoxication Charge", March 3, 1949, Page 3.

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