Diana Allen

Diana Allen (1898 -June 12, 1949) was a Swedish-American actress and Ziegfeld girl who starred in silent films such as 1921's Miss 139,[1] which is now lost.

Diana Allen
Allen in 1922
DiedJune 12, 1949 (aged 50 - 51)
OccupationDancer, Actress
Years active1917-1925


Allen was born in Gotland, Sweden, in 1898 and came to the United States at age 5. While a high school student[2] in New Haven, Connecticut, she began to perform with Eddie Wittstein.[3] Her stage debut was in a vaudeville act called "Girls' Gamble" with Ned Wayburn. She later appeared in Miss 1917, the Ziegfeld Follies (1917–18), and Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic.[4][5]

Allen starred in a number of silent film shorts and features between 1918 and 1925. Her first feature film appearance was in Woman in 1918.[6][7][8][4]

Allen married Samuel P. Booth in 1924. Booth was president of the Interborough News Company, and previously had been in charge of circulation for newspapers including the Chicago Journal, New York Evening Journal and The New York Globe. He was over 30 years older than Allen. They did not have any children.[1][9][10] Allen died in Mount Pleasant, New York, on June 12, 1949.

Partial filmography


  1. Wollstein, Henry J. Strangers in Hollywood: the History of Scandinavian Actors in American Films from 1910 to World War II (1994)
  2. "Violinist in Yale Dining Hall Made Famous Opera Stars of Three Girls". Pensacola News Journal. Florida, Pensacola. June 15, 1924. p. 12. Retrieved December 7, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  3. (20 June 1924). He's a Star Maker, Danville Bee
  4. Blond Swedish Maiden Plays Lead in "The Kentuckians", The Moving Picture World, September 25, 1920, p. 480
  5. Motion Pictures Studio Directory and Trade Annual (1921), p. 209 ("b. Gotland, Sweden; educ. New Haven, Conn.; stage career, "Follies," 1917-18; "The Frolic," 1919, "Miss 1917"; screen career ...... Hght., 5, 3; wght., 115; blond hair, blue eyes.")
  6. Soister, John T. et al. American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929, p. 625 (2012)
  7. Vazzana, Eugene Michael. Silent Film Necrology, p. 13 (2001)
  8. Diana Allen Scores in Victor Kremer's "Voices", The Moving Picture World, August 14, 1920, p. 885
  9. (13 September 1924). S.P. Booth Wed Actress, The New York Times
  10. (3 April 1939). S.P. Booth, Head of News Company (obituary), The New York Times
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