Ethlyne Clair

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Ethlyne Clair
Clair, c. 1928
Ethlyne Williamson

(1904-11-23)November 23, 1904
DiedFebruary 27, 1996(1996-02-27) (aged 91)
Spouse(s)Richard Lonsdale Hinshaw (1928-1930) (divorced)
Em Westmore (1930-1937) (divorced)
Merle Arthur Frost Jr. (1939-?)
Children5 (2 daughters, 3 sons)

Ethlyne Clair (born Ethlyne Williamson,[1] November 23, 1904 – February 27, 1996) was an American actress.


Clair was born in Talladega, Alabama. A former New York art student,[2] she appeared mostly in silent film, including three Westerns where she played the love interest to Hoot Gibson.[3] She was succeeded by Derelys Perdue in the Newlyweds film series, in which she appeared in 1927 and 1928.[citation needed] She appeared in the serials The Vanishing Rider (1928) and Queen of the Northwoods (1929). She was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1929.[4]

Clair was married to Richard Lansdale Hanshaw, an agent and producer; Ern Westmore, a studio makeup artist; and Merle Arthur Frost Jr, an automobile dealer.[4]

On February 27, 1996, Clair died of respiratory failure after ulcer surgery[4] in Tarzana Hospital in Los Angeles at age 91.[3]

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  1. ^ Oliver, Myrna (February 29, 1996). "Ethlyne Clair; Starred in silent comedies, Westerns and serials". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Movie Sidelights". The Washington Post. August 7, 1927. p. A3. Ethlyne Clair...was studying art in New York when Hollywood called her.
  3. ^ a b "Ethlyne Clair Film Actress, 91". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 4, 1996. p. D 10. ProQuest 109574549. Retrieved November 28, 2020 – via ProQuest. Ms. Clair was popular in movie westerns in the 1920s...She made three films with Hoot Gibson, whom she later called her favorite actor.
  4. ^ a b c Oliver, Myrna (February 29, 1996). "Ethlyne Clair; Starred in Silent Comedies, Westerns and Serials". The Los Angeles Times. p. 16. Retrieved November 28, 2020 – via

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