Linda Arvidson

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Linda Arvidson
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Circa 1916
Born Linda Arvidson Johnson
(1884-07-12)July 12, 1884
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 26, 1949(1949-07-26) (aged 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Linda Griffith
Occupation Actress
Years active 1907–1916
Spouse(s) D.W. Griffith (m. 1906–36)

Linda Arvidson (July 12, 1884 – July 26, 1949) was an American actress in silent films.


Linda Arvidson was the first wife of film director D.W. Griffith (14 May 1906 - 2 March 1936). She played lead roles in many of his earliest films. While acting, she was sometimes credited as Linda Griffith. The pair separated around 1912 and finally divorced in 1936 when Griffith wished to remarry.

In 1925, she authored her autobiography When the Movies Were Young (1925, 1968). She is mentioned in William J. Mann's The Biograph Girl, a novel based on Florence Lawrence.

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  • Linda Arvidson Griffith When the Movies were Young Dover Publications (1925, reprinted in 1968) ISBN 0-486-22300-0

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