Olive Ann Alcorn

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Olive Ann Alcorn
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Alcorn noting that her costume for a 1922 revue in San Francisco only weighed three ounces.
Born (1900-03-10)March 10, 1900
Stillwater, Minnesota
Died January 8, 1975(1975-01-08) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Dancer, model
Silent film actress

Olive Ann Alcorn (March 10, 1900 – January 8, 1975) was an American dancer, model, and silent film actress of the 1910s and 1920s. She is better remembered today for the numerous nude photographs of her from the era than for her film work.


Olive Ann was born in Stillwater, Minnesota. She graduated from the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts, and was a member of the Denishawn Players which toured across the nation putting on performances in theaters and auditoriums.

She appeared in her first film Sunnyside in 1919, a film short, which starred Charlie Chaplin. That same year she appeared in the silent films The Long Arm of Mannister which starred Henry B. Walthall and Helene Chadwick followed by For a Woman's Honor.

In 1923 she appeared in "The Illustrators Show", a collection of one-act plays. She modeled, mostly nude, between 1919 and 1925 for Chatiau Art Studios, and later appeared uncredited in two 1925 films. Those were The Phantom of the Opera and Up the Ladder. Most of her nude modeling was utilized in the illustration Alta Art Studies Volume I, published by Alta Studios in San Francisco, California and photographed by Xan (Alexander) J. Stark of Alta Studios San Francisco.

After 1928 little is known about Olive Ann Alcorn, though it is believed she continued her involvement in dance. She married twice, her first husband being Louis H. Scherer (divorced 1925) and her second husband being Harry Singer (married May 22, 1928). She died in Los Angeles, California in 1975.


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