Enid Markey

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Enid Markey
BornFebruary 22, 1894
DiedNovember 15, 1981 (aged 87)
Years active1911-1968

Enid Markey (February 22, 1894 – November 15, 1981) was an American actress of theater, film, and television. She originated the role of Jane in films,[1] playing the character twice in 1918 (Tarzan of The Apes; The Romance of Tarzan). Her career extended into the 1960s.

Early years[edit]

Markey was born in Dillon in Summit County in north central Colorado. Her education came in a Denver, Colorado, boarding school.[1]


Markey acted on stage and in vaudeville before turning to motion pictures.[1] Her first film role was in The Fortunes of War (1911). During the production of The Wrath of the Gods (1914), Markey, a "leading lady with the New York Motion Picture Company", was "badly injured" during the production.[2] During her scene in which the lava flow destroys the village she was surrounded by smoke and fumes and nearly asphyxiated, but had recovered by May 1914.[3]

After Markey made the first two Tarzan films, she turned to acting on stage, saying, "I really wanted to learn how to act."[4] She acted in 29 Broadway plays, beginning with Up in Mabel's Room (1919) and ending with What Did We Do Wrong? (1967).[5]

During the 1950s and 1960s she appeared in several television guest-starring roles, including The Andy Griffith Show as Barney Fife's landlady, Mrs. Mendelbright, and in an episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., as Grandma Pyle. She also had two appearances in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

In the 1960-1961 season, Markey had a regular role as Aunt Violet Flower in the CBS comedy Bringing Up Buddy, co-starring Frank Aletter and Doro Merande. Markey and Merande played spinster aunts who provide a home for their bachelor nephew, stockbroker Buddy Flower, played by Aletter.[6]

Her last appearance was in The Boston Strangler (1968).

Personal life[edit]

Markey married American Can Company executive George W. Cobb in 1942. He died in 1948.[4]


On November 15, 1981, Markey died South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, New York,[4] at the age of 87.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 233. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "New York Motion Picture Company". Motion Picture News. May 23, 1914. p. 56. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Miss Enid Markey". Illustrated Films Monthly (Mar - August 1914). p. 382. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Fraser, C. Gerald (November 16, 1981). "Enid Markey, Actress, Dead; Starred in First Tarzan Film". The New York Times. p. B 18. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Enid Markey". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.

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