Violet Kemble Cooper

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Violet Kemble-Cooper
Violet Kemble-Cooper in Cardinal Richelieu.jpg
Violet Kemble-Cooper in Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
Born Violet Kemble-Cooper
(1886-12-12)12 December 1886
London, England
Died 17 August 1961(1961-08-17) (aged 74)
Hollywood, California, USA
Other names Violet Kemble Cooper
Occupation Actress
Years active 1905–36
Spouse(s) Walter Ferris

Violet Kemble-Cooper (12 December 1886 -– 17 August 1961) was a British stage and film actress.

Life and Career[edit]

Born in London, she was a descendant from a well-known theatrical family, the Kemble family. Her father was actor Frank Kemble-Cooper (1857-1918). Her sisters Lillian Kemble-Cooper and Greta Kemble Cooper, and her brother Anthony Kemble Cooper were actors as well. An uncle was revered thespian H. Cooper Cliffe.

She made her first stage appearance in 1905 in her native England in a production of Charley's Aunt. By 1912 she was in America, touring and in stock plays with such luminaries as Blanche Bates and Laurette Taylor. She appeared with John and Ethel Barrymore in Claire de Lune on Broadway in 1921.[1]

Violet spent her formative years acting in the theater and never appeared in silent films. She appeared in talkies beginning with the Constance Bennett film Our Betters (1933). She appeared in several more films, including the evil spinster Miss Murdstone in the Dickens film adaption David Copperfield (1935) and Boris Karloff's mother in the horror film The Invisible Ray (1936). Kemble-Coopers last movie was the MGM costumer Romeo and Juliet (1936), where she portrayed Lady Capulet.[2]

She was married to Walter Ferris, a writer.[3] She died of a stroke and Parkinson's disease in 1961.[4]

in the play Clair de Lune (1921) with John Barrymore



  1. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976 compilations of John Parker's annual editions; 1976 versions compiled by Gale Research
  2. ^ Who Was Who on the Screen by Evelyn M. Truitt (1983)
  3. ^ Walter Ferris findagrave memorial, photo with son Stuart
  4. ^ Silent Film Necrology by Eugene Michael Vazzana c.2001

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