Mary Anderson (actress, born 1897)

Mary Anderson (June 28, 1897 June 22, 1986) was an American actress, who performed in over 77 silent films between 1914 and 1923.

Mary Anderson
Motion Picture Magazine 1914
Born(1897-06-28)June 28, 1897
DiedJune 22, 1986(1986-06-22) (aged 88)
Years active19141923
Spouse(s)Pliny Goodfriend
(m. 19??; div. 1937)


Anderson was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she also attended Erasmus Hall High School.[1] Anderson later attended Holy Cross School and there made her first public performances as a Grecian dancer at charity functions. Anderson had been seen in many productions since the day she first made her bow on the silver screen for Vitagraph Studios.

A popular player, she probably did her best work in Irvin Willat's feature production, The False Faces (1919), for release through Ince-Paramount. Anderson produced her own film, Bubbles (1920), which had a splendid reception by the public. She was four feet and eleven inches in height and weighed one hundred and five pounds, and had golden hair and blue eyes. She was an expert swimmer.[2]

She later worked for Famous Players-Lasky and Canyon Pictures.

Personal life/death

She was daughter of actress Nellie Anderson. She married cinematographer Pliny Goodfriend but they divorced in 1937. She died in El Cajon, California, six days before her 89th birthday.



  1. "Motion Picture Studio Directory", entry for Mary Anderson under "Actresses—Leads", Motion Picture News (New York, N.Y.), October 21, 1916, p. 69. Internet Archive, San Francisco, California. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  2. Fox, Charles Donald; Milton L. Silver (1920). "Mary Anderson". Who's Who on the Screen. New York City: Ross Publishing. (Note: Not currently in copyright)

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