Eileen Percy

Eileen Percy (21 August 1900 29 July 1973) was an Irish-born American actress of the silent era.[1][2] She appeared in 68 films between 1917 and 1933.

Eileen Percy
Percy in 1925
Born(1900-08-21)21 August 1900
Belfast, Ireland
Died29 July 1973(1973-07-29) (aged 72)
Years active1917–1933
Spouse(s)Ulrich Busch (1919–1930, divorce)
Harry Ruby (? - ?)


Born in Belfast in 1900, Percy lived in Brooklyn, New York, briefly briefly in 1903 before returning to Belfast. She came back to Brooklyn at age nine, entering a convent there. After graduating from the convent, she became a model for artists, including Charles Dana Gibson. Some of the pictures for which she posed were used for magazine covers.[3]

After her film career ended, Percy became a staff correspondent for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[4]

She died in Los Angeles, California, in 1973. Her remains are buried at Chapel of the Pines Crematory. In 1919, Percy married Ulrich Busch.[5] They divorced in 1930.[6] Her second husband from 1936[7] was songwriter Harry Ruby.

She was portrayed by Arlene Dahl in Three Little Words (1950).

Partial filmography


  1. "Eileen Percy – Silent Stars: Where Are They Now … 1932 Edition". Immortal Ephemera. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. "Eileen Percy". Silent Hollywood. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  3. "Graduated From a Brooklyn Convent". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. 16 July 1922. p. 35. Retrieved 27 February 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Percy, Eileen (4 April 1936). "Young Is Chosen for Lead In Runyon Story for M-G-M". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 15. Retrieved 23 February 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "3 Press Agents Inspired by Wedding". The Oregon Daily Journal. Oregon, Portland. 16 August 1919. p. 4. Retrieved 27 February 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Eileen Percy, Former Actress, Divorced". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. United Press. 24 October 1930. p. 21. Retrieved 27 February 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  7. Marriage date. "Ancestry.com".
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