Jennie Lee (actress)

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Not to be confused with Jennie Lee (stage actress).
Jennie Lee
The Old Chemist (1915) - 7.jpg
Still from The Old Chemist (1915) with Jennie Lee (in blackface) and Frank Bennett
Born (1848-09-04)September 4, 1848
Sacramento, California
Died August 5, 1925(1925-08-05) (aged 76)
Hollywood, California
Years active 1912-1924

Jennie Lee (née Mary Jane Lee; September 4, 1848 – August 5, 1925) was an American 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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