Mabel Ballin

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Mabel Ballin
MABEL BALLIN From Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Stars of the Photoplay, 1924
Mabel Croft

(1885-01-01)January 1, 1885
DiedJuly 24, 1958(1958-07-24) (aged 73)
Resting placeWoodlawn Memorial Cemetery
Years active1917–1925
Spouse(s)Hugo Ballin (m.1909–1956; his death)[1]

Mabel Ballin (née Croft; January 1, 1885 – July 24, 1958),[2][3][4][5] was an American motion-picture actress of the silent film era.

Early life and career[edit]

Mabel Croft was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1885. Some sources give 1887 as her birthdate.[6] Both of Croft's parents died when she was 2 years old, which resulted in her being raised by her grandfather and social worker grandmother.

Mabel Croft's first stage experience was at Salvation Army hall, where she played the tambourine to bring in donations. Raised in poverty, Croft was working as a dressmaker when a customer paid for her tuition to an industrial arts school. Croft never graduated, instead moving to New York to pursue a career in acting.[7]

She married painter and director Hugo Ballin in 1909 and together they founded Ballin Independent Company.[8]

Ballin appeared in 28 films between 1917 and 1925. She achieved popularity during World War I.

She is best known for her role in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925). Other notable films she appeared in include The Glorious Adventure (1918), Jane Eyre (1921), and Vanity Fair (1923), in which she portrayed Becky Sharp.


Mabel Ballin died on July 24, 1958 in Santa Monica, California. She was interred in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica with her husband.[9]


Ballin, 1923


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  8. ^ Lowe, Denise (2005). Encyclopedic dictionary of women in early American films: 1895-1930. Routledge. ISBN 9781317718970. OCLC 869641660.
  9. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). McFarland & Company. p. 39. ISBN 9780786479924.
  10. ^ "The Spreading Dawn (silent film)". Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  11. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 238.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  12. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2012). American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and Their Adaptations. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. p. 19. ISBN 9780786492794.

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