Margaret Campbell

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Margaret Campbell
Their Mutual Child (1920) - 3.jpg
Margaret Campbell, Harvey Clark, and Margarita Fischer in Their Mutual Child (1920)
Born(1883-04-24)April 24, 1883
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedJune 27, 1939(1939-06-27) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s)Josef Swickard

Margaret Campbell (April 24, 1883 – June 27, 1939) was an American character actress in silent films. In her later years she was the secretary of the Bahá'í Spiritual Assembly of Los Angeles.[1]


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Campbell had been the leading lady of the Bramhall Players and appeared on Broadway in revivals of Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice during the early 1910s. Later she followed her husband, German-born actor Josef Swickard, into films and was usually cast as rather grand ladies. She retired from the screen at the advent of sound.


In 1939, Campbell was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Her son, Campbell McDonald, was the initial suspect. He was also suspected of having bludgeoned to death a Russian dancer, Anya Sosoyeva, as well as having assaulted the young actress Delia Bogard, who survived. He was later cleared of those attacks when the actual murderer, De Witt Clinton Cook, was captured by the Los Angeles police force. Both attacks occurred on the Los Angeles City College campus.[2]

Margaret Campbell was buried in an unmarked grave at Inglewood Park Cemetery in South Los Angeles community of Inglewood, California.



  • Kassa (1909)
  • Hamlet (1913)
  • The Merchant of Venice (1913)
  • Keeping Up Appearances (1917)
  • Difference in Gods (1917)
  • Keeping Up Appearances (1918)
  • The Silent Assertion (1918)
  • Lightnin' (1921)


  1. ^ "Funeral conducted". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. 1 Jul 1939. p. 31. Retrieved Sep 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Crime". Time. 1939-09-11. Retrieved 2008-07-16.

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