Frances Starr

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Frances Starr
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Theatre Magazine, 1907
Frances Grant Starr

June 6, 1886
DiedJune 11, 1973(1973-06-11) (aged 87)
Resting placeAlbany Rural Cemetery[1]
Years active1901–1955
Spouse(s)Haskell Coffin
Robert G. Donaldson
Emil C. Wetten[2]

Frances Starr (June 6, 1886 – June 11, 1973) was an American stage, film and television actress.


Her parents were Charles Edward Starr and Emma (née Grant). She had two half sisters. Her father died when she was a child. Starr started in plays in 1901 in an Albany stock company, in which Lionel Barrymore and Alison Skipworth were members. She signed with David Belasco in 1906 and appeared in a small role with David Warfield in The Music Master.[2]

In November 1906 she appeared along with another young actress, Jane Cowl, in The Rose of the Rancho. She achieved her breakout stage role in 1909 in Belasco's production of The Easiest Way. Starr continued to have a string of successes such as The Case of Becky (1912) and Shore Leave (1922). Several of the plays she starred in were turned into early silent films often by Famous Players-Lasky.[citation needed]

She delivered a standout role as the wronged mother in the early talkie about newspaper corruption Five Star Final (1931), her second of only three sound films.[3] Lastly she appeared in This Reckless Age (1932) with Buddy Rogers and Richard Bennett. In the 1950s Starr appeared on the Kraft, Omnibus, and Philco programs of early network television.[citation needed]

Frances Starr died on June 11, 1973, aged 87.

Film and television[edit]

  • Tiger Rose (1923)
  • The Star Witness (1931)
  • Five Star Final (1931)
  • This Reckless Age (1932)
  • Ford Theatre Hour: Little Women (1949 TV)
  • Constitution Island (1952 TV movie)
  • Crime Photographer: Blackmail (1952 TV)
  • Studio One in Hollywood: Jane Eyre (1952 TV)
  • Omnibus: The Sojourner (1953 TV)
  • Love Story:The Good Morrow (1954 TV)
  • Center Stage: Golden Anniversary (1954 TV)
  • Mr. Citizen:Seven Below at Midnight (1955 TV)
  • Kraft Theatre: The Braveness of Christy Fellon (1955 TV)
  • The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse:The Trees (1955 TV)
  • The title role of "Marie-Odile" at the Belasco Theatre


  1. ^ Van Tuyl lot, sec. 122, lot 11, Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 44790). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  2. ^ a b Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel Blum, Profile #58 c.1954
  3. ^ Frances Starr; bio by Hans J. Wollstein

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