Mabel Paige

Mabel Paige (December 19, 1880 February 9, 1954) was an American stage and film actress.

Mabel Paige
Mabel Paige, "The Idol of the South", 1899
Mabel Paige Roberts

(1880-12-19)December 19, 1880
DiedFebruary 9, 1954(1954-02-09) (aged 73)
Years active1914-1953
Spouse(s)Charles W. Ritchie (1908-1931) (his death)

Early years

Paige was born in New York, New York, and began acting at age four, when she appeared in Van, the Virginian.[1]


She appeared in dozens of popular stage plays, including Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1892, Rip van Winkle in 1899, and At Cozy Corners in 1905. In the South, she became particular a favorite and was acclaimed as the "Idol of the South." Her Mabel Paige Theatrical Company toured the region for many years. She also had troupes known as the Mabel Paige Repertoire Company and the Mabel Paige Southern Company.[2]

Her Broadway credits included Gramercy Ghost (1951), Two Blind Mice (1949), Out of the Frying Pan (1941), Western Waters (1937), Murder in the Cathedral (1936), and Lost Horizons (1934).[3]

Paige also acted in more than 50 films between 1914 and 1953. In her first silent films for the Lubin Company, she co-starred in romantic comedies with Oliver Hardy as her leading man.

One of Paige's last appearances as an actress was on the CBS-TV sitcom I Love Lucy. That episode, "The Girls Go Into Business", aired on October 12, 1953.


Paige died in Van Nuys, California from a heart attack on February 9, 1954. She was 73.

Selected filmography

Television appearances

  • I Love Lucy, episode #68 (1953), "The Girls Go Into Business", as Mrs. Hansen.
  • Annie Oakley (1954) Episode #7 titled "A Gal For Grandma," as Mrs. Frances Randall


  1. Garland, Robert (June 12, 1949). "Veteran Actresses Carry On in 'Two Blind Mice'". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. International News Service. p. 57. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  2. Rydzewski, Steve (2013). For Art's Sake: The Biography & Filmography of Ben Turpin. BearManor Media. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  3. "Mabel Paige". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
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