Cecil Spooner (January 29, 1875 – May 13, 1953) was an American stage and film actress, screenwriter, and film director.
|Born||January 29, 1875|
New York City, New York
|Died||May 13, 1953|
Sherman Oaks, California
|Occupation||Stage and film actress, screenwriter, film director|
Spooner made her New York theater debut in 1903 in My Lady Peggy Goes to Town, adapted from the 1901 novel of the same name by Frances Aymar Mathews. She continued to appear on Broadway throughout the decade.
Spooner married Charles E. Blaney, who had written several of the Broadway plays in which she appeared, in 1909. That same year, Spooner made her motion picture debut in the Edison Studios adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper. Spooner played the roles of the prince, Edward, and the pauper, Tom Canty. She was praised by a reviewer for Moving Picture World for her ability to convey the distinctions between the two characters.
On December 9, 1914, Spooner was arrested at the Bronx theater that she managed for "indecency." The police and the local community had taken offense to the play Spooner had opened the night before, The House of Bondage, and its treatment of "white slavery," a euphemistic term for sex trafficking. Spooner was released into the custody of her lawyer; she revised the play twice to remove the "objectionable" content, but the show ran for only eight performances and was reviewed negatively by theater critics.
Spooner appeared in several films in the early 1920s, and she returned to Broadway in the late 1920s and early 30s. Her last known acting role was in a 1950 episode of the TV show The Lone Ranger.
- One Law for the Woman (1924)
- The Love Bandit (1924)
- Peaceful Neighbors (1922)
- He's Bugs on Bugs (1922)
- Money or My Life (1922)
- Nell of the Circus (1914) (also writer and director)
- The Dancer and the King (1914)
- Hansel and Gretel (1909)
- The Prince and the Pauper (1909)
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