Pauline Bush (actress)

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Pauline Bush
Born(1886-05-22)May 22, 1886
DiedNovember 1, 1969(1969-11-01) (aged 83)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1910–24
Spouse(s)Allan Dwan (1915–1919)

Pauline Elvira Bush (May 22, 1886 – November 1, 1969) was an American silent film actress. She was nicknamed "The Madonna of the Movies".[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Wahoo, Nebraska, Bush was "brought up for the operatic stage and concert platform, [but] she preferred the stage."[2] She studied at the University of Nebraska after attending a private school in Virginia.[3] At Nebraska, she studied "music generally, and the piano in particular."[4]

After she moved to Los Angeles, Bush studied expression and literature at the Cumnock Institution.[4]


Early in her career, Bush was active in stock theater at the Liberty Theaer in Oakland, California.[4] Her film career began with the American Film Manufacturing Company.[2] From 1910 to 1924, she appeared in some 250 movies, dozens of them featuring Lon Chaney.

She retired in 1916.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bush married director Allan Dwan in 1915. They divorced in 1919.[3] In 1928, Dwan offered a lump sum settlement of $200,000 to Bush in lieu of continuing $26,000 annual support. The Associated Press cited a story in the New York American that said that Bush had "filed a claim for $100,000 back alimony."[5]


On November 1, 1969, Bush died of bronchitis and cancer in San Diego. She was 83.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Pauline Bush, Famous Universal Film Star, Pronounced by Critics as Most Versatile Actress on the Screen". Vicksburg Evening Post. Mississippi, Vicksburg. April 28, 1915. p. 5. Retrieved August 3, 2017 – via open access
  2. ^ a b Grau, Robert (1914). The Theatre of Science. New York: Broadway Publishing Company. p. 378. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Willis, Richard (September 1914). "Pauline Bush, of the Universal Company". Motion Picture Magazine: 93–95. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Pauline Bush Dwan Will Press Claims Against Former Husband". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. Associated Press. June 21, 1928. p. 9. Retrieved August 3, 2017 – via open access
  6. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 106. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 4 August 2017.

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