Edith Johnson

Edith Johnson (August 10, 1894 September 6, 1969) was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 66 films between 1913 and 1924, mostly serials, action films and Westerns.[1]

Edith Johnson
Johnson on a trading card, c. 1917
Born(1894-08-10)August 10, 1894
DiedSeptember 5, 1961(1961-09-05) (aged 67)[1]
Years active19131924
William Duncan
(m. 1921; his death 1961)


Johnson was born in Rochester, New York and died in Los Angeles, California. The Eastman Kodak company had its headquarters in Rochester and Edith's firth blush with fame came as "Kodak girl". She even became known as "the most photographed girl in the world".[2]

Educated at Vassar College, she joined Selig Polyscope Company in 1914, though only after her marriage to actor William Duncan in 1921 did she begin to receive attention as an actress. With Duncan she had two sons and one daughter. They remained married until Duncan's death in 1961. Johnson died in Los Angeles after a fall.[1]


Johnson appeared in her first film The Circular Staircase in 1915. After working on a serial with Duncan in 1918, the pair continued to co-star in films together.[1] The pair became known as "the king and queen of the serial".[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland and Company. p. 180. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  2. King, Brian. Understanding Dundee. Black and White Publishing. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
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