• 8 October 1863
  •  Rochester, New York, USA

Edythe Chapman


Edythe Chapman was born in Rochester, New York on October 8, 1863. A stage actress who came upon movies late in life, she nonetheless made 97 motion pictures. She was 51 years old when she played in _Richelieu (1914)_. Edythe was one of the busier actresses in the early silent era appearing in as many as nine films a year. She didn't achieve the fame as some of her counterparts such as Mary Miles Minter, Clara Bow, or Colleen Moore, but she was a commodity that movie moguls wanted because of her fine character performances. In 1920, Edythe appeared as Aunt Polly in Huckleberry Finn (1920), followed by 'The County Fair' (1920). Throughout the twenties she stayed busy. She was even lucky enough to make the successful transition into the "talkie" era when other performers were finished because their voices didn't lend themselves well to sound. Edythe made her final film 'Up the River' (1930) when she was 67. She was 85 years old when she died in Glendale, California on October 15, 1948.