Mary MacLaren

Mary MacLaren (born Mary MacDonald; January 19, 1896 November 9, 1985) was an American film actress.[1] She appeared in 136 films between 1916 and 1949.

Mary MacLaren
MacLaren in 1916
Mary MacDonald

(1896-01-19)January 19, 1896
DiedNovember 9, 1985(1985-11-09) (aged 89)
Years active1916-1949
Spouse(s)Robert S. Coleman
Colonel George Herbert Young (19241928)
RelativesKatherine MacDonald (sister)


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, MacLaren received her education at Greensburgh (now Greensboro), Pennsylvania. She began her stage career in the Winter Garden in New York City with Al Jolson in The Passing Show of 1914 and Dancing Around. Her screen career as Mary MacLaren began in 1916 with Shoes.[2] She played for the Universal Film Manufacturing Company in Idle Wives, The Model's Confession, The Petal on the Current, The Unpainted Woman, Bonnie Bonnie Lassie, Rouge and Riches and many others. MacLaren was exceedingly athletic and spent much of her time in the surf near her California house. She was also an expert tennis player and ardent enthusiast. MacLaren was of the blond beauty type, having masses of blond hair and blue eyes. She was five feet three inches high and weighed one hundred and twenty-three pounds. She was the sister of actress Katherine MacDonald.[3]

In 1979, the retired actress resisted attempts by Los Angeles County bureaucrats from declaring her mentally incompetent and taking over her finances for living in her home with too much clutter and pets. But the spunky old silent film star appeared before the Superior Court commissioner who ruled that she was capable of managing her own affairs.[4]

She died in Hollywood, California, aged 89.

Selected filmography


  1. "Mary MacLaren". Silent Hollywood. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. ""Shoes" (Bluebird)". The Moving Picture World. June 10, 1916. Retrieved November 11, 2013. Mary McDonald [..] takes on an new name - Mary McLaren - for her entry into the list of regular Bluebird stars. Miss McLaren is a "genuine find", according to a Bluebird publicity promoter, and until the professional critics have had opportunity to controverse the assertion so let it stand.
  3. Fox, Charles Donald; Milton L. Silver (1920). "Mary MacLaren". Who's Who on the Screen. New York City: Ross Publishing. (Note: Not currently in copyright)
  4. "Noted Silent Screen Actress Mary MacLaren Dies at Age 85," p. 64, The Los Angeles Times, Monday, November 11, 1985
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