Olive Tell (September 27, 1894 – June 6, 1951) was a stage and screen actress from New York City.
|Died||June 6, 1951 56) (aged|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Henry Hobart (1926-?)|
|Relatives||Alma Tell, sister|
Tell was educated in several cities in Europe. She and her younger actress sister, Alma, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1915. The sisters began appearing in the Broadway (Manhattan) theaters at about the same time, around 1918. Olive made her New York debut in the drama Husband and Wife. At first she preferred acting in theater and detested her work on screen.
She first appeared in motion pictures during World War I. Her early screen roles were in silent films including The Silent Master (1917), The Unforeseen (1917), Her Sister (1917), and National Red Cross Pageant (1917). Tell appeared opposite such popular film actors of the era as: Donald Gallaher, Karl Dane, Ann Little, Rod La Rocque, Ethel Barrymore and a young Tallulah Bankhead.
Tell married First National Pictures movie producer, Henry M. Hobart, in 1926. Her first husband was killed in World War I. Hobart and Tell moved to California in 1926 and stayed in Hollywood for twelve years.
Her final screen credits came in the late 1930s. She performed in In His Steps (1936), Polo Joe (1936) with Joe E. Brown, Easy To Take (1936), Under Southern Stars (1937). Tell's final screen appearance was in the George Cukor directed drama Zaza (1939), starring Claudette Colbert.
Olive Tell died in Bellevue Hospital in 1951 after suffering a fractured skull at the Dryden Hotel, 150 East Thirty-Ninth Street, New York City, where she resided. She was fifty-six years old.
- National Red Cross Pageant (1917)
- To Hell with the Kaiser! (1918)
- Secret Strings (1918)
- The Trap (1919)
- Clothes (1920)
- Love Without Question (1920) based on the novel "The Abandoned Room" by Charles Wadsworth Camp
- Worlds Apart (1921)
- Chickie (1925)
- Womanhandled (1925)
- Summer Bachelors (1926)
- Prince of Tempters (1926)
- Slaves of Beauty (1927)
- Sailors' Wives (1928)
- The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929)
- Hearts in Exile (1929)
- The Very Idea (1929)
- Cock o' the Walk (1930)
- Lawful Larceny (1930)
- The Right of Way (1931)
- Ten Cents a Dance (1931)
- Woman Hungry (1931)
- Ladies' Man (1931)
- Devotion (1931)
- Delicious (1931)
- Strictly Personal (1933)
- The Witching Hour (1934)
- The Scarlet Empress (1934)
- Private Scandal (1934)
- Baby Take a Bow (1934)
- Four Hours to Kill! (1935)
- Shanghai (1935)
- Polo Joe (1936)
- Zaza (1939) (uncredited)
- "How Olive Tell Began Career on the Stage". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. October 9, 1921. p. 46. Retrieved 24 July 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Credit to American Academy of Dramatic Arts". The Musical Leader. 36 (3): 52. July 18, 1918. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
- Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 737. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
- Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 225. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
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