Maude Turner Gordon

Maude Turner Gordon (November 10, 1868 January 12, 1940) was an American actress who appeared in 81 films between 1914 and 1938.

Maude Turner Gordon
c. 1910
Maude Turner

(1868-11-10)November 10, 1868
DiedJanuary 12, 1940(1940-01-12) (aged 71)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
OccupationActress, theatrical producer
Years active1914-1938
Spouse(s)John Charles Fremont Gordon (1885-1940; her death)
ChildrenDorothy Gordon


Born in Franklin, Indiana, Gordon was the daughter of Alexander and Nancy Wright Turner. She was educated in the schools in Franklin.[1]

In the early 1900s, Gordon performed in repertory theatre with the Neill Stock Company in California.[2]

She appeared in a number of Broadway productions from 1908–1925 including: Glorious Betsy, The American Maid, A Full House, Elsie, and Big Boy.[3] She appeared onstage in Mrs. Holmes, Detective, which was produced by her own company.[4]

Her elder sister, Emma Harper Turner, served as Grand President of Pi Beta Phi, from 1890-93. Another sister, Nelle Turner, was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.[5]


She eloped[1] and married John C. Gordon on December 19, 1885 in Johnson County, Indiana. Their daughter, Dorothy, an alumna of the Fauquier Institute of Warrenton, Virginia, married Lt. Robert A. White of the U.S. Navy in 1916.[6]


On January 12, 1940, Gordon died from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California,[7] aged 71. She was survived by a sister.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. "Hoosier Actress Is Dead in West". The Indianapolis News. Indiana, Indianapolis. March 23, 1940. p. 22. Retrieved April 19, 2018 via
  2. "(untitled brief)". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. June 8, 1901. p. 6. Retrieved April 19, 2018 via
  3. "Maude Turner Gordon". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. "Bryan's Daughter Writes Play". The Courier-Gazette. Texas, McKinney. August 22, 1906. p. 3. Retrieved April 19, 2018 via
  5. History of Pi Beta Phi, 1936.
  6. Notice of Dorothy Gordon and Robert White nuptials,; accessed September 13, 2015.
  7. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 129. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  8. Mordaunt Hall (June 3, 1929). "Movie Review of Glad Rag Doll". New York Times.
  9. Mordaunt Hall (April 4, 1932). "Movie Review of Shopworn". New York Times.

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