Muriel Ostriche

Active - 1915 - 1918  |   Born - Mar 24, 1896   |   Died - May 3, 1989   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Crime

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

With her brown curls and gamine beauty, brunette Muriel Ostriche (born Oestrich) made her screen debut with Biograph in 1910 but became a star with the New York-based Thanhouser company, who named a special brand in her honor, the so-called Princess films. These one-reel situation comedies, in which she often starred opposite the handsome Boyd Marshall, made her one of America's favorite actresses in 1913 and 1914, and she was listed ahead of Mary Pickford in several popularity polls. Ostriche also appeared in more serious fare, such as the still extant The Decoy (1914), in which she played an innocent girl falling in with a gang of card sharks; she left Thanhouser in 1915 for Universal, Vitagraph, and World, but never obtained the same kind of acclaim and retired to marry in 1918. Residing in complete obscurity in St. Petersburg, FL, an octogenarian Ostriche was rediscovered in the 1980s by author Q. David Bowers who made her the subject of a groundbreaking book on the early film industry, Muriel Ostriche: Princess of Silent Films (1987).