Colorado-born Marjorie Daw was trained for an operatic career. At age 13, Daw became a protégée of opera diva Geraldine Farrar, appearing in Farrar's film version of Joan the Woman (1916) and several other Cecil B. De Mille-directed productions. By the time she was 16, she was leading lady to Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in such films as The Knickerbocker Buckaroo (1918) and His Majesty the American (1919). Her first husband was filmmaker A. Edward Sutherland, who curiously never served as her director. Ostensibly retiring from films when sound came in, Marjorie Daw reportedly played bits in a few scattered talkies.