Laura Sawyer

Laura Sawyer (February 3, 1885 – September 7, 1970) was an American film actress of the silent era. Laura A. Sawyer was born in Iron County, some 75 miles or so south of St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Alvah Hayden and Laurette Sawyer. Little is known here about the early life of Laura Sawyer except that her father was a doctor and that by 1900 she was a boarder at the Ursuline Academy in St. Louis. Laura Sawyer began her career with the Otis Skinner theatrical company before joining Edison Studios while still in her early twenties. She almost immediately found stardom at Edison and remained with the studio until 1913. Her most memorable performance during the period was probably playing the title role in The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (1912). Over her tenure with his film studio Thomas Edison was said to have considered Sawyer as his favorite actress. She later joined the Famous Players Film Company where she played Kate Kirby in the detective films Chelsea 7750, An Hour Before Dawn and The Port of Doom, all released in 1913, and was praised for her performance in The Daughter of the Hills, also produced in 1913.


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