Minta Durfee

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Minta Durfee
Durfee in 1915
Araminta Estelle Durfee

(1889-10-01)October 1, 1889
DiedSeptember 9, 1975(1975-09-09) (aged 85)
Other namesMinta Durfee Arbuckle
Years active1913–1971
(m. 1908; div. 1925)

Araminta Estelle "Minta" Durfee (October 1, 1889 – September 9, 1975) was an American silent film actress from Los Angeles, California, possibly best known for her role in Mickey (1918).


She met Roscoe Arbuckle when he was attempting to get started in theater, and the two married in August 1908. Durfee entered show business in local companies as a chorus girl at the age of 17. She was the first leading lady of Charlie Chaplin.

Durfee and Arbuckle separated in 1921, just prior to a scandal involving the death of starlet Virginia Rappe. There were three trials and finally Arbuckle was acquitted, but his career was destroyed and he received few job offers. Durfee and Arbuckle divorced in 1925. Durfee in her later years said Arbuckle was "the most generous human being I've ever met", and "if I had to do it all over again, I'd still marry the same man."[1] Durfee was an avid defender of her close friend Mabel Normand throughout Normand's many public scandals.[1]

A regular performer on television, Durfee appeared on such shows as Noah's Ark (1956). She had minor roles in motion pictures including How Green Was My Valley (1941), Naughty Marietta (1935), Rose-Marie (1936), It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and Savage Intruder (1970).

In later life, Durfee gave lectures on silent film and held retrospectives on her and her husband's pictures. She was surprised and excited by the renewed interest in silent film.[1]

Durfee died in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture Country Home in 1975. She suffered from a heart ailment.[2][3]



  1. ^ a b c Schneider, Don; Normand, Stephen (July 21, 1974). "Excerpts of Interview with Minta Durfee Arbuckle". Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Minta Durfee, Actress, 85, Dies; Former Wife of Fatty Arbuckle". New York Times. September 12, 1975. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  3. ^ Del Olmo, Frank (September 12, 1975). "Fatty Arbuckle's First Wife Dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Minta Durfee Filmography". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on October 19, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Blottner, Gene (2011). Columbia Pictures Movie Series, 1926-1955: The Harry Cohn Years. McFarland & Company. p. 282. ISBN 978-0786433537.
  6. ^ Blottner, p. 283.
  7. ^ Walker, Brent E. (2009). "Minta Dufee". Mack Sennett's Fun Factory. McFarland & Co. p. 500. ISBN 978-0786436101.

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