May Vokes

May Vokes (c.1882 – September 13, 1957)[1] was an American actress and comedienne. She appeared primarily in comedic roles in stage plays. Her Broadway appearances included A Fool and His Money, The Quaker Girl, and The Bat.[2] She appeared in the films Janice Meredith in 1924 and Get That Venus in 1933.

Vokes was born near Columbus, Ohio.[3] She first acted in a student production while attending a convent school. She later moved to Chicago, where a former classmate got her an acting job.[4] She died on September 13, 1957, in Stamford, Connecticut.[5]

She was married to Ballard Preston Lester,[6] whose name was reported as Robert.[7]


  1. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012
  2. "May Vokes, Actress; Acted in Theatre Here". The New York Times. September 14, 1957. p. 19.
  3. "Here is May's Own Story Why She Never Takes Sugar". Chicago Tribune. 12 Dec 1909. p. 20. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. Bird, Carol (October 1922). "May Vokes". Theatre Magazine. p. 241.
  5. Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001). Silent Film Necrology (2nd ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 340. ISBN 0-7864-1059-0. OCLC 225942678.
  6. Parker, Dorothy (2014). Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway, 1918–1923. p. 425. ISBN 9781491722664. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. "May Vokes". The Evening Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. September 14, 1957. p. 3. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

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