Genevieve Dolores Gerber (April 3, 1894 – January 2, 1974) was an American silent film actress who appeared in 128 films between 1912 and 1930.
Gerber on cover of Reel Life, 1915
Genevieve Dolores Gerber
April 3, 1894
|Died||January 2, 1974 79) (aged|
|Resting place||Desert Memorial Park|
|Other names||Jean Dolores|
Arthur Nelson Millett (m. 1913–1920)
Edward Dana Nolan (m.1923–19??)
W.A. Booth (m.19??–19??)
William Munchoff (m.19??–1960)
|Partner(s)||William Desmond Taylor (1914–1919)|
Early life and career
She was born in Argenta, Illinois, to S. Nelson Gerber and Jean Pullman. Her parents separated when she was young and her mother moved her to Los Angeles, California. She was raised by nuns from the College of the Immaculate Heart. After the death of her father, Gerber's impoverished mother gave guardianship of her daughter to an attorney.
After her graduation from high school, Gerber became an actress and appeared in several one-reelers. Her film debut came in The Flower Girl's Romance (1912). Beginning in 1917, she starred in multiple serial films, and she is considered one of the top ten "serial queens" of the silent film period. She teamed with director and actor Ben F. Wilson in many of these productions, and starred in the first crude sound era serial, The Voice from the Sky, also directed by Wilson. However, her career stalled in 1930 after Wilson died from heart disease. Gerber retired from acting shortly thereafter.
Personal life and death
Gerber's first marriage was to actor Arthur Nelson Millett on July 22, 1913. They separated the following year. In 1915, she became engaged to director William Desmond Taylor. The two never married because Gerber was still married to Millett (their divorce became final in 1920), and Taylor was murdered in February 1922. The following year Gerber married contractor Edward Dana Nolan. They later divorced. She remained married to her fourth husband, contractor William Munchoff, until his death in 1960.
|1912||The Flower Girl's Romance||Bessie Berkow||Short film|
|1912||The Water Rights War||Mabel||Short film|
|1913||The Redemption||Ogle - the Nursemaid||Short film|
|1914||Mrs. Peyton's Pearls||Eleanor Barton - the Daughter||Short film|
|1914||The Judge's Wife||Mrs. Livingston|
|1915||The Madonna||Gertie||Short film|
|1915||Little Chrysanthemum||Little Chrysanthemum||Short film|
|1916||The Impersonation||Rhoda Lyons|
|1916||The Mansard Mystery||Brina||Short film|
|1917||The Voice on the Wire||Polly Marion||Film serial|
|1917||The Mystery Ship||Betty Lee||Film series|
|1918||Hell Bent||Bess Thurston||Alternative title: The Three Bad Men|
|1918||Three Mounted Men||Lola Masters||Lost film|
Alternative title: Three Wounded Men
|1919||A Fight for Love||Kate McDougal||Lost film|
|1919||The Trail of the Octopus||Ruth Stanhope||Film serial|
|1920||The Screaming Shadow||Mary Landers||Film serial|
|1920||Bill's Wife||Short film|
|1921||A Yankee Go Getter||Lucia Robilant/Vera Robilant|
|1921||The Mysterious Pearl||Ariel/The Pearl||Film serial|
|1922||The Price of Youth||Adela Monmouth|
|1923||In the West||Florence Jackson|
|1923||The Santa Fe Trail||Film serial|
|1924||Sagebrush Gospel||Lucy Sanderson|
|1924||Days of '49||Sierra Sutter||Film serial|
|1925||The Power God||Aileen Sturgess||Film serial|
|1925||A Daughter of the Sioux||Nanette|
|1926||Officer 444||Gloria Grey||Film serial|
|1926||West of the Law||Alice Armstrong|
|1927||The Range Riders||Betty Grannan|
|1927||Hell Hounds of the Plains||Esther Lawson|
|1928||The Old Code||Lola|
|1928||The Lone Patrol||Credited as Jean Dolores|
|1929||The Saddle King||Felice Landreau|
|1929||Thundering Thompson||Maria Valerian|
|1930||The Voice From the Sky||Jean Lowell||Credited as Jean Dolores|
|1930||A Woman's Justice||Credited as Jean Dolores|
- Doyle, Billy (February 1999). "Whatever Became of Neva Gerber ?". classicimages.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- Lowe, Denise (2004). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895–1930. Haworth Press. pp. 234–236. ISBN 0-7890-1843-8.
- Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. pp. 134–135. ISBN 9781476627199. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
- Strickland, A.W.; Ackerman, Forrest J. (1981). A reference guide to American science fiction films. T.I.S. Publications Division. p. 188. ISBN 0-89917-268-7.
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