Mary Fuller

Mary Claire Fuller (October 5, 1888 – December 9, 1973) was an American stage and silent film actress and screenwriter. Born in Washington, D.C., to Nora Swing and attorney Miles Fuller, she spent her childhood on a farm. As a child, she was interested in music, writing and art. Her father died in 1902, and by 1906, she was working in the theater under the name Claire Fuller. She worked briefly with the Lyceum Stock Company in Toledo, Ohio. Fuller began her acting career as a stage actress. At age 18 she was working in live theatre and in 1907 she signed with Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn, NY where she made films such as a one-reel adaptation of Elektra (released in April 1910). Later Fuller joined the Edison Film Company in 1910. That year, she appeared in the first film version of Frankenstein based on the Mary Shelley novel. Fuller became a major early movie star who, by 1914, rivaled Mary Pickford in popularity. She appeared in a wide variety of roles, and starred in such melodramas as The Witch Girl, A Daughter of the Nile, The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies (1914), and Under Southern Skies, her first feature-length production.


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