Teddy Sampson

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Teddy Sampson
Teddy Sampson - Feb 1922 Photoplay.jpg
Sampson in 1922
Nora Sampson

(1895-08-08)August 8, 1895
DiedNovember 24, 1970(1970-11-24) (aged 75)
OccupationStage and Screen Actor
Spouse(s)Ford Sterling (1914-1939)

Nora Sampson, better known by her stage name Teddy Sampson (August 8, 1895 – November 24, 1970), was an American stage and silent film actress who appeared in at least forty-one motion pictures between 1914 and 1923.


Nora Sampson was born in New York City, the sixth of seven children raised by Revere and Mary Sampson. Her father, who worked for a New York cab company, was a great-great grandson of the American patriot Paul Revere. Sampson’s parents married in 1885, around five years after her mother had emigrated from Ireland.[1][2][3]

Sampson began her stage career with a two-year run in Gus Edwards’ vaudeville skit "School Days" and later a season with Blanche Ring in "Wall Street Girls". After appearing in the comedy show “When Claudius Smiles” Sampson began her film career under the direction of D. W. Griffith in motion pictures made in New York and later Hollywood.[4]

Teddy Sampson’s earliest known film, D. W. Griffith's The Life of General Villa (1914), featured Pancho Villa as himself with Sampson in the role of one of his sisters. Nearly 90 years later, actress Alexa Davalos played Sampson in the HBO film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003).[5]

Sampson went on to play in Christie Comedies, "Smiling Bill" Parson Comedies, and in a number of films starring her husband, comedian Ford Sterling. Her marriage to Sterling, though at times rocky, lasted some 25 years and only ended after his death in 1939. Teddy Sampson died in Los Angeles more than 30 years later on November 24, 1970.[6][7][8]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ New York City Births, 1891-1902– Ancestry.com
  2. ^ Revere Sampson - 1900-1920 US Census Records – Ancestry.com scans
  3. ^ Death Of Mrs. S. L. R. Sampson New York Times; May 20, 1902; pg. 9
  4. ^ Who's Who in the Film World - edited by Fred C. Justice & Tom R. Smith - Film World Publishing – 1914 - pg. 158
  5. ^ And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself at Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Vaudeville Star in "Half Way Girl" - Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New York) August 22, 1925; pg. 16
  7. ^ Ford Sterling: The Life and Films Wendy Warwick White - 2007 - Page 49 Google Books
  8. ^ Teddy Sterling –Social Security Death Index – Ancestry.com

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