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Edythe Chapman is a Actor American born on 8 october 1863 at Rochester (USA)

Edythe Chapman

Edythe Chapman
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Nationality USA
Birth 8 october 1863 at Rochester (USA)
Death 15 october 1948 (at 85 years) at Glendale (USA)

Edythe Chapman (October 8, 1863 - October 15, 1948), was an American stage and silent film actress from Rochester, New York. As early as 1898 she appeared in New York, New York in the Charity Ball. Edythe performed at the Shubert Theater in Brooklyn, New York in a production of The Light Eternal in 1907. The play was a romantic drama of early Rome which was supported by a cast of approximately 100 people.

Mrs. Chapman played maternal roles in numerous silent motion pictures and became known in the 1920s as Hollywood's Mother.
She played Ma Jones in the film version of Lightnin' (1925), a screen production which featured Will Rogers. Edythe was Grandmother Janeway in Man Crazy (1927). The film starred Dorothy Mackaill and Jack Mulhall. Chapman was praised by reviewers for her performance.

Miss Chapman came to Hollywood around 1909 with her husband, screen and stage actor, James Neill. The couple met in Cincinnati, Ohio when Miss Chapman was working in Mr. Neill's stock company. They were married in 1897. The two began making movies with Cecil B. Demille and other noteworthy directors and producers. They had leading roles in The Ten Commandments (1923), Manslaughter (1922), The Little American (1917), and other silent motion pictures. Mr. Neill died in 1931.

The final movie in which Edythe appeared was Double Crossroads in 1930. Prior to this, she had a large role in Navy Blues (1929).

Edythe Chapman Neill died in Glendale, California in 1948 after a brief illness and was interred at the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, USA. She was 85 years old.


Edythe Chapman débute au théâtre en 1892 et rejoint la troupe (qui se produira entre autres à Broadway en décembre 1906) de l'acteur James Neill en 1897, année où elle l'épouse.

Au cinéma, elle apparaît pour la première fois dans Richelieu d'Allan Dwan (avec Murdock MacQuarrie dans le rôle-titre), sorti en 1914. Ce film muet est également le premier aux côtés de son mari, qu'elle retrouvera dans vingt-trois autres films, dont six réalisations de Cecil B. DeMille (comme Le Réquisitoire et Le Détour, tous deux avec Leatrice Joy et sortis en 1922, ou encore Les Dix Commandements, version de 1923, avec Theodore Roberts personnifiant Moïse).

Outre Cecil B. DeMille (huit films en tout) et Allan Dwan (cinq films au total), Edythe Chapman tourne notamment sous la direction de William C. de Mille (frère du premier ; six films, dont The Idle Rich en 1929 — dernier du couple Neill —, avec Conrad Nagel et Bessie Love), William Desmond Taylor (cinq films, dont Tom Sawyer en 1917, avec Jack Pickford dans le rôle-titre), et Sam Wood (quatre films, dont Le Droit d'aimer en 1922, avec Gloria Swanson et Rudolph Valentino).

Au total, l'actrice contribue à cent-vingt films américains, dont seuls les sept derniers sont parlants. Parmi ses quatre ultimes, sortis en 1930, citons Up the River (avec Spencer Tracy et Claire Luce) de John Ford — qu'elle avait déjà croisé en 1925 sur Sa nièce de Paris, avec J. Farrell MacDonald et Otis Harlan —, ainsi que Take the Heir (avec Edward Everett Horton et Dorothy Devore) de Lloyd Ingraham.Edythe Chapman se retire de l'écran peu avant la mort en 1931 de son époux (qui était né en 1860), dont elle reste veuve jusqu'à son propre décès survenu en 1948. Elle est inhumée dans le cimetière de Bonaventure, à Savannah en Géorgie.

Usually with

James Neill
James Neill
(16 films)
Raymond Hatton
Raymond Hatton
(11 films)
Jesse L. Lasky
Jesse L. Lasky
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Edythe Chapman (76 films)

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Up the River, 1h32
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart, Steve Pendleton, William Collier Sr.
Roles Mrs. Jordan (uncredited)
Rating61% 3.0523953.0523953.0523953.0523953.052395
Two convicts, St. Louis (Spencer Tracy) and Dannemora Dan (Warren Hymer) befriend another convict named Steve (Humphrey Bogart), who is in love with woman's-prison inmate Judy (Claire Luce). Steve is paroled, promising Judy that he will wait for her release five months later. He returns to his hometown in New England and his mother's home.
Double Cross Roads, 1h4
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Downing Ames, Lila Lee, Edythe Chapman, Montagu Love, Ned Sparks, Thomas E. Jackson
Roles Mrs. Carlyle

Un perceur de coffre-fort et une jeune femme qui fait partie d'un gang tombent amoureux l'un de l'autre.
Synthetic Sin, 1h12
Directed by William A. Seiter
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Colleen Moore, Antonio Moreno, Edythe Chapman, Kathryn McGuire, Gertrude Astor, Montagu Love
Roles Mrs. Fairfax
Rating68% 3.441053.441053.441053.441053.44105
Famed playwright Donald Anthony returns home to Magnolia Gap, Virginia, and proposes to Betty Fairfax. She accepts and he offers her the lead part in his next play, but the play is a disaster. Donald tells her that she is unsuited for the role, that it requires someone with more life experience. Rather than return home defeated, Betty stays in New York, in a bad neighborhood where local gangsters adopt her as their own. When Donald comes to visit her, they eject him. There is a gunfight, and in the resulting confusion Donald sweeps in and rescues Betty. After the excitement, Betty gives up her dreams of the stage and devotes herself to Donald.
The Idle Rich, 1h20
Directed by William C. de Mille
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Conrad Nagel, Bessie Love, Leila Hyams, James Neill, Edythe Chapman
Roles Mrs. Alice Thayer
Rating62% 3.1445753.1445753.1445753.1445753.144575
Wealthy businessman William "Will" Van Luyn (Conrad Nagel) proposes to his secretary, Joan Thayer (Leila Hyams). She accepts, but worries how her family will react. When he meets them for the first time, little sister Helen (Bessie Love) is delighted by the advantages he will bring, but cousin Henry starts lecturing him on the virtues of the downtrodden middle class. The rich can afford medical treatment, and the poor can rely on the government to pay the bills, but the middle class has to shoulder the financial burden on its own. Nevertheless, Will marries Joan.
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, 1h45
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, John M. Stahl
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Monde imaginaire, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Ramón Novarro, Norma Shearer, Philippe De Lacy, Jean Hersholt, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Edward Connelly
Roles Young Karl's Nanny (uncredited)
Rating76% 3.838793.838793.838793.838793.83879
Young Crown Prince Karl Heinrich (Philippe De Lacy), heir to the kingdom of Karlsburg, is brought to live with his stern uncle, King Karl VII (Gustav von Seyffertitz). The king immediately dismisses the boy's nanny (Edythe Chapman) without telling the youngster to avoid an emotional farewell. Fortunately, Dr. Friedrich Jüttner (Jean Hersholt), his new tutor, proves to be sympathetic, and they become lifelong friends. Nonetheless, despite the commoners' belief that it must be wonderful to be him, the boy grows up lonely, without playmates his own age.
The King of Kings, 1h55
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Rosson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film, Films about virginity
Actors H. B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut, James Neill, Jacqueline Logan
Roles rôle indéterminé
Rating71% 3.591533.591533.591533.591533.59153
We see Mary Magdalene, here portrayed as a wild courtesan, entertain many men around her. Upon learning that Judas is with a carpenter she rides out on her chariot drawn by zebras to get him back. Peter is introduced as the Giant apostle, and we see the future gospel writer Mark as a child who is healed by Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is shown as a beautiful and saintly woman who is a mother to all her son's followers. Our first sight of Jesus is through the eyesight of a little girl, whom He heals. He is surrounded by a halo. Mary Magdelene arrives afterwards and talks to Judas, who reveals that he is only staying with Jesus in hopes of being made a king after Jesus becomes the king of kings. Jesus casts the Seven Deadly Sins out of Mary Magdalene in a multiple exposure sequence.
Naughty But Nice, 1h10
Directed by Millard Webb
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Colleen Moore, Donald Reed, Claude Gillingwater, Kathryn McGuire, Hallam Cooley, Edythe Chapman
Roles Mrs. Altewood

Bernice Sumners is sent to a finishing school by her Texas uncle after oil is discovered on his property. At the school she blossoms into a young woman. Bernice is a compulsive liar. One evening she and a friend go to a hotel before a theater date, planning to meet popular Paul Carroll, but they run into the school principal in the hotel lobby. Bernice tells a lie about why they are there, and from there one lie builds upon the other until Bernice ends up in the hotel room of Ralph Ames of the Secret Service, who is in the process of changing (thus, the poster graphic of a man's bare legs in garters). Bernice calls Ralph her husband, and he plays along until the house of cards comes crumbling down around her. She ends up falling for the popular Paul Carroll, and the two marry.
The Boob
The Boob (1926)
, 1h4
Directed by William A. Wellman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Gertrude Olmstead, George K. Arthur, Joan Crawford, Charles Murray, Tony D'Algy, Hank Mann
Roles The Old Lady (uncredited)
Rating50% 2.517232.517232.517232.517232.51723
Peter (George K. Arthur) is a chivalrous idealist who seeks to win the heart of Amy (Gertrude Olmstead), who in turn fancies urbane Harry (Tony D'Algy). Jane (Joan Crawford) is a Prohibition agent who helps uncover illegal bootleg adult videos.
Lightnin' (1925)
, 1h20
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Children's films
Actors Madge Bellamy, Jay Hunt, Wallace MacDonald, J. Farrell MacDonald, Otis Harlan, Edythe Chapman
Roles Mrs. Jones
Rating59% 2.967512.967512.967512.967512.96751
M Jones et son mari, le paisible « Lightnin' Bill » ou encore « Lazy Lightnin' » (« Bill l'éclair » ou « Éclair paresseux »), vivent tranquillement dans le petit hôtel qu'ils tiennent à la frontière de la Californie et du Nevada. L'annonce de l'arrivée du chemin de fer éveille l'intérêt de deux escrocs qui manœuvrent pour s'emparer de leurs biens. Mais leur fille Millie et son fiancé, le jeune avocat John Marvin, veillent…