Olive Tell

Olive Tell (September 27, 1894 – June 6, 1951) was a stage and screen actress from New York City.

Olive Tell
Born(1894-09-27)September 27, 1894
DiedJune 6, 1951(1951-06-06) (aged 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1917-1938
Spouse(s)Henry Hobart (1926-?)
RelativesAlma Tell, sister


Tell was educated in several cities in Europe.[1] She and her younger actress sister, Alma, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1915.[2] 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.[3] She was fifty-six years old.

Selected filmography


  1. "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.
  2. "Credit to American Academy of Dramatic Arts". The Musical Leader. 36 (3): 52. July 18, 1918. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. 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.
  4. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 225. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Olive Tell In Stage Return", March 25, 1928, Page C15.
  • New York Times, "Olive Tell, Appeared On Stage And Screen", June 9, 1951, Page 19.
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