Tell was born in New York City in 1898, the younger sister of stage and film actress Olive Tell (1895–1951). She began her career as an actress on the stages of New York before making her screen debut in the Edward José-directed drama Simon, the Jester, released in September 1915. Tell's career never quite rivalled that of her older sister and she was most often cast in films as the second leading lady.
Throughout the 1920s, Tell appeared opposite such leading silent film actresses as Mae Murray, Corinne Griffith and Madge Kennedy and would achieve leading lady status in 1923's J. Gordon Edwards-directed film The Silent Command, opposite actors Edmund Lowe, Martha Mansfield and Béla Lugosi, in his first American film role.
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Tell was married to actor Stanley Blystone. She made her last film appearance in the 1934 John M. Stahl-directed romantic-drama Imitation of Life, which starred Claudette Colbert. She died in 1937 and was interred at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
- The Smugglers (1916)
- Nearly Married (1917)
- Right to Love (1920)
- On with the Dance (1920)
- Paying the Piper (1921)
- The Iron Trail (1921)
- Broadway Rose (1922)
- The Silent Command (1923)
- Love Comes Along (1930)
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