Maude Eburne, from a 1914 publication
Maud Eburne Riggs|
November 10, 1875
Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
October 15, 1960 (aged 84)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Eugene J. Hall (1905-1932) (his death)|
|Children||Marion Birdseye Hall|
|Parent(s)||John and Mary Riggs (b. 1907)|
The death of Eburne's father in 1901 was a catalyst for her entry into acting as a profession. She said that he would not have approved a stage career for her and added, "If my father knew I was on the stage, he would not rest in peace."
Eburne began her career in stock theater in Buffalo, New York. Her early theater work was in Ontario and New York City, debuting on Broadway to great acclaim as "Coddles" in the 1914 farce A Pair of Sixes."When I first came to New York... I said I didn't want to be beautiful young girls or stately leading women, but wanted parts that had something queer in them, especially if there were dialect."
She continued to play mainly humorous domestic roles on stage, appearing in productions such as The Half Moon (1920), Lady Butterfly (1923), Three Cheers (1928) and Many a Slip (1930), before her first significant film role — and first sound film role — in The Bat Whispers (1930), director Roland West's sound remake of his 1926 silent feature The Bat.
Eugene J. Hall married Eburne "in about 1905". They had a daughter, Marion Birdseye Hall, in 1907.
She retired in 1951.
Eburne died on October 15, 1960 in Hollywood, California at age 84.
Eburne's more than 100 films include:
- Lonely Wives (1931)
- The Man in Possession (1931)
- Bought! (1931)
- The Guardsman (1931)
- Her Majesty, Love (1931)
- This Reckless Age (1932)
- Panama Flo (1932)
- The Passionate Plumber (1932)
- Polly of the Circus (1932)
- Faithless (1932)
- Robbers' Roost (1933)
- The Vampire Bat (1933)
- Ladies They Talk About (1933)
- Ladies Must Love (1933)
- Fog (1933)
- Shanghai Madness (1933)
- Lazy River (1934)
- Love Birds (1934)
- Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
- Happiness C.O.D. (1935)
- The Leavenworth Case (1936)
- Doughnuts and Society (1936)
- Hollywood Cowboy (1937)
- Champagne Waltz (1937)
- Convict's Code (1939)
- Undercover Agent (1939)
- Exile Express (1939)
- Mountain Rhythm (1939)
- The Covered Trailer (1939)
- Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940)
- Remedy for Riches (1940)
- The Border Legion (1940)
- Melody for Three (1941)
- West Point Widow (1941)
- Among the Living (1941)
- To Be or Not to Be (1942)
- Almost Married (1942)
- Henry and Dizzy (1942)
- The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) (uncredited)
- Lady Bodyguard (1943)
- Hitchhike to Happiness (1945)
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