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Alice Calhoun

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Alice Calhoun
Born(1900-11-21)November 21, 1900
DiedJune 3, 1966(1966-06-03) (aged 65)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1918–1934
Spouse(s)Mendel B. Silverburg (1926)
Max Chotiner (1926–1938)

Alice Beatrice Calhoun (November 21, 1900 – June 3, 1966) was an American silent film actress.

Film star[edit]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she made her film debut in an uncredited role in 1918 and went on to appear in another forty-seven films between then and 1929. As a star with Vitagraph in New York City, she moved with the company when it relocated to Hollywood.[1] In the comedy, The Man Next Door (1923), Calhoun plays Bonnie Bell. A critic complimented her on being pretty and playing her role successfully.[2] The Man From Brodney's (1923) is a movie which displays the fencing talent of actor J. Warren Kerrigan. Directed by David Smith for Vitagraph, the film is based on a novel by George Barr McCutcheon. Calhoun plays Princess Genevra.[3] Between Friends (1924) is a motion picture adapted from a story by Robert W. Chambers. Anna Q. Nilsson and Norman Kerry are part of a cast in which Calhoun plays an artist's model.[4] Among her other movies titles are Pampered Youth (1925), The Power of the Weak (1926), Savage Passions (1927), and Bride of the Desert (1929).

Like a number of other stars at the time, her voice did not lend itself to sound and her one performance in a talkie came in an uncredited role in 1934.


Her first husband was Mendel Silberberg, a Los Angeles, California attorney. They were married in May 1926 and he filed a divorce petition in July. Silberberg charged that Calhoun was engaged to another man at the time of their wedding. Their marriage was annulled.[1]

In 1925 Calhoun had invested in a movie theater. With her second husband Max Chotiner, whom she married secretly in Ventura, California[5] on December 28, 1926, she became owner of a chain of theatres in the Los Angeles area. Highly successful, Calhoun and her husband were benefactors of a number of local charities. Chotiner later became an investment broker.[1] They divorced in 1938.[6]


Calhoun died in Los Angeles in 1966 of cancer, aged 65.[1] She is interred with her husband in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[citation needed]

For her contributions to the film industry, Calhoun was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star located at 6815 Hollywood Boulevard.[7][8]



  1. ^ a b c d "Alice Calhoun Chotiner, 65, Starred In Silent Movies," The New York Times, June 6, 1966, Page 41.
  2. ^ "The Screen," The New York Times, May 29, 1923, Page 10.
  3. ^ "Notes of the Film," The New York Times, September 16, 1923, Page X4.
  4. ^ "The Screen," The New York Times, May 12, 1924, Page 14.
  5. ^ "Alice Calhoun Reweds," The New York Times, January 5, 1927, Page 18.
  6. ^ "Silent Screen Star Divorced," Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1938, Section II, Page 2.
  7. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Alice Calhoun". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Los Angeles Times - Hollywood Star Walk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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