Elsie Van Name

Elsie Jane Van Name (1890-November 4, 1934) was an American screenwriter and actress active during Hollywood's silent era.

Elsie Van Name
Elsie Jane Van Name

New York, New York
DiedNovember 4, 1934
Los Angeles, California
OccupationScreenwriter, actress
Spouse(s)Francis Ford (1909–her death)


She was the second wife of actor/director Francis Ford, whom she met when they co-starred in a play together.[1] The pair married in New York City in 1909. They worked together on a number of projects, though their relationship appears to have been rocky.

They separated early on in the marriage (Ford temporarily moved on with actress Grace Cunard), but they got remarried in Los Angeles in 1916.[2] The pair founded Fordart Films in 1917, and released the film Berlin Via American under this banner.[1][3]

In 1919, while Ford was away on a shoot, Elsie briefly left him for his business manager and sold the studio.[1] She died in Los Angeles on November 4, 1934, and was survived by Ford (to whom she was still married) and their two sons.[4]

Selected filmography

As screenwriter:

As actress:


  1. McBride, Joseph (2003-04-05). Searching For John Ford: A Life. Macmillan. ISBN 9780312310110.
  2. Eyman, Scott (2012-05-29). Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781451685114.
  3. Motography. 1918.
  4. "6 Nov 1934, 4 - Hartford Courant at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
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