Grace Darling

Active - 1916 - 1921  |   Born - Nov 20, 1893   |   Died - Oct 7, 1965   |   Genres - Crime, Spy Film, Drama, Comedy Drama, Action

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

According to her official studio bio, blond Grace Darling came to films in 1915 with a varied background that included a brief stint as a girl reporter. Darling's only claim to cinematic fame, however, was her starring role in Beatrice Fairfax (1916), a series in 15 installments produced in New York City and in Ithaca, NY, by International Film Services. Playing the editor of an advice to the lovelorn column, Darling was in all likelihood cast because of her prior experience. In each episode, Darling, as Beatrice, receives a thrilling letter from one of her adoring readers and, with cub reporter Jimmy Barton (Harry Fox) in tow, sallies forth to right yet another wrong. Due to the location filming in Manhattan, some of Beatrice's "clients" were impersonated by such up-and-coming stars as Ziegfeld girl Olive Thomas, musical-comedy soubrette Mae Hopkins and the redoubtable Elaine Hammerstein of the Broadway Hammersteins. A few clips from the series have survived and Grace Darling can be seen today along with Pearl White, Warner Oland, and Irene Castle as part of Hollywood on the Cayuga, a 1990 documentary depicting the history of serial filmmaking on and around the Cornell University campus between 1913 and 1919.