Alta Allen

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Alta Allen
Allen in a scene from Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)
Born (1904-09-06)September 6, 1904
Oakland, California, U.S.
Died July 24, 1998(1998-07-24) (aged 93)
Boonsboro, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1921 – 1926
Spouse(s) Hampton Del Ruth (m. 1920 – ?)

Alta Allen (born Alta Crowin) (September 6, 1904 – July 24, 1998) was an American actress.


Allen was born in Oakland, California in 1904 to a Scottish mother, Jessie Robertson, and W. J. Crowin, who hailed from the West Coast. She made her first professional performance at an Oakland theater in a production of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Allen's role in this production was as Beth March. She was ten years old at the time.

In November 1920, Allen married the actor, screenwriter and director Hampton Del Ruth (the couple would later divorce).[1] The same year, William Fox, the founder of the Fox Film Corporation, observed Allen as she performed the leading role[2] at a musical revue within the Fairmont Hotel.[3] Subsequently, she signed a contract with his studios, although she would only perform one role in any silent film released by Fox Film: the 1921 comedy Skirts.[4] She would subsequently sign a contract with Universal Studios,[5] and later appeared in several films released by this corporation, including The Marriage Chance (1922),[6] and A Self-Made Failure (1924). Her final credited screen appearance occurred in 1926, as Thora Barton in the cast of The Set-Up.

Alta Allen died of natural causes at her Boonsboro home on June 24, 1998 the age of 93.


Allen, pictured at age 15 in a film still for the silent film, Skirts
Year Film Role Notes
1921 A Shocking Night Bessie Lane
Seven Years Bad Luck Betty Max's Fiancée
Be My Wife Mary The subject of the main characters' affections
Skirts Kidnapped girl
1922 The Marriage Chance Eleanor Douglas
1924 A Self-Made Failure Mrs. Spike Malone Alternative title: The Goof
Daring Chances Agnes Rushton
1926 The Set-Up Thora Barton Daughter of Cliff Barton, the murder victim
Raggedy Rose Rose's former co-worker Uncredited role


  1. ^ "Alta Crowin Mentioned in the Record of Hampton Del Ruth and Alta Crowin". 1920-11-25. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  2. ^ Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio p. 170
  3. ^ American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 p. 381
  4. ^ American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 p. 381
  5. ^ "Alta Allen". Silents Are Golden. Tim Lussier. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  6. ^ ""Marriage Chance" has Novel Plot". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 21, 1923. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 

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