Mary Forbes

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Mary Forbes
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Born (1883-12-30)December 30, 1883
Hornsey, London, England, UK
Died July 22, 1974(1974-07-22) (aged 90)
Beaumont, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1919–1958
Spouse(s) E.J. Taylor (?-?); 2 children
Charles Quatermaine (19??-19??)
Wesley Wall (19??-1974; her death)
Children Ralph Forbes
Brenda Forbes

Mary Forbes (30 December 1883 – 22 July 1974) was a British film actress, based in the United States in her latter years, where she died. She appeared in more than 130 films between 1919 and 1958. Her legal name was Mrs. Ethel Louise Taylor (later Quartermaine, and later still, Wall), according to her son's 6 November 1904 baptismal record which records his parents' names as Ernest John and Ethel Louise Taylor;[1] however, it is unclear if Forbes was her maiden name. The dates and lengths of her three marriages are also unknown.

She made her first public appearance on the concert platform giving recitals. Her acting debut was in 1908 on the London stage at Aldwych Theatre. She took over management of the Ambassadors Theatre in 1913 and had several years experience on stage in Britain and America before her appearances in Hollywood films.[citation needed] Her children, Ralph and Brenda, were also actors.

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  1. ^ Baptismal record for Ralph Forbes Taylor,; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)

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