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Photo of Huff in Moving Picture World (June 1919)
November 14, 1895|
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||August 22, 1973
New York, New York, U.S.
Louise Huff (November 14, 1895 – August 22, 1973) was an American actress of the silent film era.
Huff was a relative of former President James Knox Polk. Huff began her acting career at the age of 15. She toured in stage productions of Ben-Hur and Graustark, and made her motion picture debut in 1913 with In the Bishop's Carriage and Caprice. She joined Lubin Studios in 1913 where she worked with actor and director Edgar Jones. She married Jones in 1914 and they had a daughter, Mary Louise in 1915. In 1916 she secured the ingenue role opposite Jack Pickford in the Booth Tarkington comedy Seventeen.
Her later silent films included roles in Great Expectations (1917), Mile-a-Minute Kendall (1918), The Seventh Day (1922), Disraeli (1921), and Oh, You Women! (1919). She was featured on Broadway in Mary the Third and The New Englander. Huff was featured in motion pictures produced by Famous Players-Lasky and Paramount Pictures, and continued in films until 1922.
A biography by Hans J. Wollstein states:
- A stage ingenue of some importance who had appeared in the original Broadway version of Ben Hur, brunette Louise Huff became a star with the pioneer Lubin Mfg. Company of Philadelphia. In scores of one- and two-reel melodramas and Westerns from the very early 1910s, Huff was especially popular in tandem with Edgar Jones, whom she married. Together, they relocated to California in the mid-1910s but her career was already on the wane and she retired in 1922. Her sister, Justina Huff, was also a Lubin star.
However, Wollstein erred in claiming that Louise appeared on Broadway with Ben Hur. It was actually a touring version of the play that appeared across the country. She did however play on Broadway after her screen career ended. Louise appeared in the Broadway productions of Mary the Third in 1923 and The New Englander in 1924.
Her last appearance as an actress was in the show Inside Danny Baker, a Mel Brooks television pilot that was never picked up.
She was married to Edwin A. Stillman, who was president of Watson-Stillman, manufacturers of hydraulic machinery. In her later years, she resided at 155 East 72nd Street in New York, and she died in New York's Doctors Hospital in 1973.
- Caprice (1913)
- Destiny's Toy (1916)
- Seventeen (1916)
- The Reward of Patience (1916)
- Great Expectations (1917)
- Mile-a-Minute Kendall (1918)
- Disraeli (1921)
- New York Times, "Mrs. E. A. Stillman, Movie Actress, 77," August 23, 1973, 40
- ""Ben Hur Is A Thrilling Spectacle, " San Francisco Call, January 8, 1913, p. 5" (PDF). Library of Congress. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
- Daniel Bellware, "Those Huff Girls," Muscogiana, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, Fall 2016, p. 45
- "Louise Huff: Silver Screen Star". Muse - The Columbus Museum. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
- (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star, "Silent Film Star Dies in New York," August 25, 1973, 58
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania Daily Gazette, "Not A Studio Set", Saturday, December 16, 1916, Page 7.
- New York Times, "Mrs. E.A. Stillman, Movie Actress, 77", August 23, 1973, Page 40.
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