Effie Shannon

Effie Shannon (May 13, 1867 – July 24, 1954) was an American stage and silent screen actress.[5]

Effie Shannon
Famous Actresses of the Day in America, Volume 1 by Lewis Clinton Strang, published 1899
Born(1867-05-13)May 13, 1867
DiedJuly 24, 1954(1954-07-24) (aged 87)
Bay Shore, New York, United States
Years active1886–1944
Spouse(s)Henry Guy Carleton m.1890-1893; divorced,[1][2][3][4]
Partner(s)Herbert Kelcey; not married, acting-partner (may have been her spouse; unclear)


Shannon had a 60-year career as starring performer and later character actress. She began as a child actor appearing with John McCullough and later in 1886 with Robert B. Mantell. Her partner and/or husband was Herbert Kelcey who died in 1917. They appeared in numerous plays as a team predating by a generation the famous Lunt and Fontanne as a great Broadway romantic team. In 1914, she appeared in her first silent film along with Kelcey. They made one more film together in 1916 before his 1917 death. Shannon continued to appear in silent films and early sound films until 1932 while still appearing on Broadway. One of her later roles was in a revival of Arsenic and Old Lace.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1914After the BallLouise Tate
1916The SphinxThe Sphinx
1918Her BoyHelen Morrison
1918Ashes of LoveLouise Mordyke
1919The Common CauseBelgium (prologue)
1921Mama's AffairMrs. Orrin
1922Sure Fire FlintMrs. De Lanni
1922The Man Who Played GodMildred Arden
1922The Secrets of ParisMadame Ferrand
1923The Tie That BindsMrs. Mills
1923Jacqueline, or Blazing BarriersHer Mother
1923Bright Lights of BroadwayMrs. Grimm, Landlady
1924RouletteMrs. Marineaux
1924Damaged HeartsHis Wife
1924The Side Show of LifeLady Verity-Stewart
1924Sinners In HeavenMrs. Stockley
1924Greater Than MarriageMother
1925Soul-FireMrs. Howard Fane - Eric's Mother
1925Sally of the SawdustMrs. Foster
1925Wandering FiresMrs. Satorius
1925The New CommandmentMarquise de la Salle
1925Pearl of LoveMrs. Kittridge
1926The HighbindersMrs. James Cortright
1932The Wiser SexMrs. Hughes(final film role)


  1. Browne, Walter & E. De Roy Koch, eds. Who's who on the Stage, 1908, p. 74 (1908)
  2. 1894 Theater Stage Actors "Original Stage 2" October 21, 2016
  3. marriage of Effie Shannon and Henry Guy Carleton Retrieved October 21, 2016
  4. findagrave; Henry Guy Carleton Retrieved July 20, 2016
  5. Effie Shannon; findagrave.com Retrieved May 14, 2015
  6. Effie Shannon at the IBDB.com database
  7. Who Was Who in the Theatre 1912-1976, abridgement of original annual versions by John Parker; 1976 version published by Gale Research
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