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March 4, 1887|
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
|Died||December 29, 1953
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
MacMillan gained fame as the Cinderella Girl in a contest to discover a woman with feet small enough to wear a Cinderella golden slipper. She was hesitant, but entered a Broadway show, and won. Her foot measured an 11½ children's size.
Soon she had a leading part in the original production of the musical, The Time, The Place and The Girl. While engaged in this play, in the 1908 season, the actress had surgery at Harper Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. She completed a successful vaudeville tour in 1916. She participated in the stage production, The Wishing Slippers, at Universal City, California. Another play of note is In And Out of the Movies. She performed in this vaudeville oddity, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, during the fall of 1917.
In motion pictures Miss MacMillan joined the stock company of The Oz Film Manufacturing Company (where she appeared in the company's logo, with her face on a black background) and debuted in the film version of The Patchwork Girl of Oz and The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914) and the lost series of L. Frank Baum-written and produced shorts, Violet's Dreams, in which she played a girl named Claribel who had fairy-tale adventures in her dreams. She was an actress for Universal Pictures. She made twenty-six motion pictures, ending with the role of Violet Bronson in The Mystery Mind (1920). Among her co-stars in films were Lon Chaney, Blanche Ring, Trixie Friganza, and Julian Eltinge. Violet retired from show business in 1922.
As Mrs. John H. Folger, she was the wife of an industrial executive, who became her press agent in entertainment.
She was a member of Zonta International, the Grand Rapids Club, a non-profit organization working to advance the status of women through service and advocacy worldwide. She served as President of the Grand Rapids Club from 1930-1932.
Violet MacMillan died in Grand Rapids, Michigan at her home, in 1953. She was 66 years old.
- Lima, Ohio Daily News, Orpheum, Monday, November 11, 1917, Page 10.
- Los Angeles Times, Violet MacMillan, December 2, 1914, Page III4.
- Los Angeles Times, Camera Clicks, December 17, 1916, Page III21.
- New York Times, Violet MacMillan Has Recovered, December 26, 1908, Page 3.
- New York Times, Cinderella Girl Dies, December 30, 1953, Page 23.
- Zonta Club of Grand Rapids Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library.
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