During the silent era, actress Lenore Ulric played femme fatales in a number of early features for Essanay's Chicago studios. Born Lenore Ulrich in New Ulm, MN, she got her start on-stage when she was still a teen. She began working for Essanay in 1911 and was initially billed under her birth name. In 1915, theater producer David Belasco became her mentor and turned her into a major Broadway star. As she did in films, Ulric was cast as passionate and temperamental women. Though she primarily became a stage actress, she also continued making the occasional film appearance. During the '30s and '40s, she played supporting roles. At one time she was married to actor Sidney Blackmer.