Ida May Park
|Ida May Park|
Ida May Park in 1916
December 28, 1879|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||June 13, 1954
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Joseph De Grasse|
Ida May Park (December 28, 1879 – June 13, 1954) was an American screenwriter and film director of the silent era, in the early 20th century. She wrote for more than 50 films between 1914 and 1930, and directed 14 films between 1917 and 1920.
Park got her start in the entertainment industry as a stage actress when she was fifteen years old. During her time in the theatre she met her future husband, Joseph De Grasse, also an actor. When Pathé hired De Grasse in 1909, Park was also hired as a writer. Together they were hired by Universal.
Work at Universal
The first screenplay that she wrote was titled A Gypsy Romance which was developed into a short scenario by director Wallace Reid. Reid also directed the next scenario that she wrote, The Man Within. Park then started to work with De Grasse who directed the next several pieces that she wrote. The two worked on multiple shorts and scenarios together over several years. Their first joint project was the short Her Bounty (1914), and their first feature-length film was Father and The Boys (1915). Most of the titles that the two worked on together were for Universal's Bluebird label. Park made her solo directorial debut in 1917 when she directed The Flashlight starring Universal's top dramatic actress Dorothy Phillips; after this picture, she and DeGrasse took turns directing Bluebird projects featuring Phillips. She went on to direct 13 more films, many of which were deemed "women's features".
Park and De Grasse continued at Universal Studios until 1919 when they left for unknown reasons.
After leaving Universal, Park directed The Butterfly Man (1920), starring Lew Cody, followed by two independent feature-length films co-directed with her husband, Bonnie May and The Midlanders (both 1920). These were the last of Park's directorial credits. De Grasse continued to direct for a few more years while Park continued to write for the screen. She wrote an additional two films before she left the industry altogether. The last feature film that she wrote was The Playthings of Hollywood (1931), for Willis Kent Productions.
Ida May Park died on June 13, 1954.
- Her Bounty (1914)
- All for Peggy (1915)
- The Grind (1915)
- The Girl of the Night (1915)
- Steady Company (1915)
- Bound on the Wheel (1915)
- Mountain Justice (1915)
- Alas and Alack (1915)
- A Mother's Atonement (1915)
- Lon of Lone Mountain (1915)
- The Millionaire Paupers (1915)
- Father and the Boys (1915)
- Dolly's Scoop (1916)
- The Grip of Jealousy (1916)
- Tangled Hearts (1916)
- The Gilded Spider (1916)
- Bobbie of the Ballet (1916)
- The Grasp of Greed (1916)
- If My Country Should Call (1916)
- The Place Beyond the Winds (1916)
- The Price of Silence (1916)
- The Piper's Price (1917)
- Hell Morgan's Girl (1917)
- The Girl in the Checkered Coat (1917)
- The Flashlight (1917), also directed
- Fires of Rebellion (1917), also directed
- The Rescue (1917), also directed
- The Grand Passion (1918), also directed
- Broadway Love (1918), also directed
- Bonnie May (1920)
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