Jennie Lee (American actress)

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Jennie Lee
Jennie Lee (American actess) 1870s.jpg
Jennie Lee, 1870s
Born(1848-09-04)September 4, 1848
Sacramento, California
DiedAugust 5, 1925(1925-08-05) (aged 76)
Hollywood, California
Years active1912-1924

Mary Jane Lee (September 4, 1848 – August 5, 1925), known as Jennie Lee, was an American stage actress and actress of the silent film era.

Jennie Lee appeared in 58 films between 1912 and 1924, working especially in character parts under the directors John Ford and D. W. Griffith. She began her stage career at age nine and went on to support such actors as John Edward McCullough, Joseph Jefferson, Edwin Booth, and Helena Modjeska.[1] She and her husband, actor William Courtright, appeared together in Griffith's Intolerance (1916). Incontestably, Lee's most famous portrayal was that of servant Mammy in The Birth of a Nation (1915), a role she played in blackface.

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  1. ^ Motion Picture Studio Directory, 1921, p. 146

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