Charlotte Walker

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Charlotte Walker
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Walker in The Crisis on Broadway (1902)
Born Charlotte Ganahl Walker
(1876-12-20)December 20, 1876 (or 1878)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Died (1958-03-23)March 23, 1958
Kerrville, Texas, U.S.
Resting place Old City Cemetery, Galveston County Texas USA[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1900-1941
Spouse(s) Dr. John Haden (2 children) (1896-1903?)
Eugene Walter(1908-23)
Children Sara Haden
Beatrice Haden

Charlotte Ganahl Walker (December 29, 1876 [some sources say 1878] – March 23, 1958) was a Broadway theater actress from Galveston, Texas.[2] She was born in Galveston to Edwin A. Walker (1849-1889) and Charlisa (De Ganahl) Walker (1855-1934) and was the mother of character actress Sara Haden.

Walker as sketched by Marguerite Martyn, 1910

Stage actress[edit]

Walker made her stage debut as a teen. At nineteen she performed in London, England in a comedy called The Mummy. She performed with Richard Mansfield. Later, she returned to her native Texas. She appeared as June in Trail of the Lonesome Pine, in 1911. She would later reprise the role in Cecil B. DeMille's 1916 film Trail of the Lonesome Pine. David Belasco noticed her in On Parole. He signed her for starring roles in plays The Warrens of Virginia, Just a Wife, and Call The Doctor. Each of the Belasco productions was staged prior to World War I.

She continued to act on the Broadway stage. In 1923 she played with Ethel Barrymore in The School For Scandal. It was produced by the Player's Club.

Films[edit]

Walker's motion picture career began in 1915 with Kindling and Out of the Darkness. Sloth (1917) is a five-reeler which features Walker. In the third reel of this film she plays a youthful Dutch maid who is about sixteen years old. The setting is an old Dutch settlement on Staten Island, New York. The theme stresses the perils of indolence to a nation of people. It cautions against permitting luxury to replace the simplistic life led by America's forebears. In her later silent film work Walker can be seen in The Midnight Girl (1925) starring alongside a pre-Dracula Bela Lugosi. The Midnight Girl is one of Walker's few silents that survives.

As a film actress Walker continued to perform in films into the early 1930s. Her later screen performances include roles in Lightnin' (1930), Millie (1931), Salvation Nell (1931), and Hotel Variety (1933).

Personal life[edit]

Walker married her first husband, Dr. John B. Haden, on November 16, 1896 in New York City. With him she had two daughters, Beatrice Shelton Haden (born 1897) and Katherine Haden (b. 1899), who was known as the actress Sara Haden. After her divorce, she returned to the stage. Dr. Haden died in 1930. Her second husband, Eugene Walter, was a playwright who adapted the novel The Trail of the Lonesome Pine for the Broadway stage. The second marriage also ended in divorce in 1930.

Charlotte Walker died in 1958 at a hospital in Kerrville, Texas at age 81.

Filmography[edit]

Pardners (1917)

Silent

Sound

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Charlotte Walker profile, findagrave.com; retrieved July 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Charlotte Walker; North American Theatre Online site offered to most colleges and universities for free
Bibliography
  • Janesville Daily Gazette, Monday, October 23, 1916, Page 6.
  • New York Times, "Charlotte Walker, Actress, Dies at 81; Star on Broadway in World War I Era".

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