Ella Hall

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Ella Hall
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Ella Hall (c.1915)
Born (1896-03-17)March 17, 1896
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Died September 3, 1981(1981-09-03) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 1912–1933
Spouse(s) Emory Johnson

Ella Hall (March 17, 1896 – September 3, 1981) was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 94 films between 1912 and 1933. She was the mother of both B-movie actress Ellen Hall and Richard Emory.

Biography[edit]

She was born Ella Augusta Hall in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her family moved to Hollywood in the early days of silent films so her mother could pursue an acting career. Her mother was May Hall, a struggling actress who never reached any level of notoriety. Hall was married to actor Emory Johnson for over 10 years. They would have four children together. Two of their children would go on to have limited acting careers - B-movie actress Ellen Hall and one of her sons, Richard Emory.

Ella Hall's first credited film appearance was the lead role in the 1913 film Memories. Her career took off after that film, and she appeared in thirty-seven films from 1913 through the end of 1914. She had another thirty-nine film appearances from 1915 through 1919, then it wasn't until 1921 when she received another role. Her career had slowed considerably during this span of a two-year break, and she would only star in seven more films. Her best-known film was The Flying Dutchman, released in 1923, which was her final silent film.

She had a minor appearance, uncredited, in the 1930 Cecil B. DeMille film Madam Satan, and had her last film appearance in 1933, in the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen. She was residing in Los Angeles, California at the time of her death on September 3, 1981.

Selected filmography[edit]

The Love Girl (1916)
Year Title Role Notes
1914 The Master Key Ruth Gallon
1914 The Spy Frances Wharton
1916 Secret Love Arnice
1918 Which Woman? Doris Standish
Three Mounted Men Undetermined Role
1921 The Great Reward The Princess
1922 In the Name of the Law Mary O'Hara
1922 The Third Alarm June Rutherford
1933 The Bitter Tea of General Yen Mrs. Amelia Hansen uncredited

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