While many sources state that Florence La Badie was born in New York, according to an article published in the March 1914 issue of Photoplay Magazine and written by Jean Darnell, Florence La Badie was French-Canadian and was born in Montreal, Quebec. The article was written following an interview at La Badie’s home on Riverside Drive in New York. The article also states that she attended the Convent of Notre Dame in Montréal and “speaks both French and German fluently as well as being an excellent English scholar.” The article also says the actress was “a daring horsewoman, a great swimmer and expert rower.” It is generally accepted that she was born Florence Russ and adopted by Joseph LaBadie and Amanda Labadie on November 4, 1891. The correct spelling of her last name should be LaBadie, but somewhere along the way it became La Badie. Her career as an actress began when she joined the Chauncey Olcott stage production of Ragged Robin in 1908 when she was 20-years-old. She made her first film appearance one year later. On August 28, 1917, while driving her car near Ossining, New York, the brakes failed and the vehicle ran off the road and down a hill, overturning at the bottom. Her fiance, Daniel Carson Goodman suffered a broken leg, but La Badie had been thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries, including a compound fracture of the pelvis. She clung to life for more than six weeks but died in hospital on October 13, from septicemia.
These are her credits during the early silent era when most films would be considered shorts. The 1914 title, The Million Dollar Mystery was in fact a serial which ran for 23 episodes into 1915. La Badie’s character was named Florence Gray Hargreave. Her 1917 films including War and the Woman (Pathé ad above) were all released before she died in October of that year.
Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release
1909: The Politician’s Love Story The Salvation Army Lass A Strange Meeting The Seventh Day Comata, the Sioux Getting Even In the Window Recess Through the Breakers
1910: Taming a Husband Serious Sixteen A Gold Necklace The Troublesome Baby After the Ball
1911: The Two Paths The Diamond Star The Spanish Gypsy The Broken Cross Paradise Lost Madame Rex A Knight of the Road How She Triumphed The New Dress The Manicure Lady Dave’s Love Affair Enoch Arden: Part II The Primal Call Her Sacrifice Fighting Blood The Thief and the Girl Bobby, the Coward The Indian Brothers The Smuggler The Sorrowful Example The Blind Princess and the Poet The Rose of Kentucky Swords and Hearts The Buddhist Priestess In the Chorus David Copperfield The Satyr and the Lady The Trail of Books The Last of the Mohicans A Mother’s Faith A Master of Millions The Baseball Bug The Tempest Beneath the Veil Cinderella
1912: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Her Ladyship’s Page East Lynne As It Was in the Beginning The Trouble Maker The Silent Witness The Guilty Baby The Arab’s Bride Extravagance Flying to Fortune My Baby’s Voice The Girl of the Grove A Love of Long Ago Rejuvenation The Saleslady Jilted Jess The Ring of a Spanish Grandee Whom God Hath Joined Dottie’s New Doll Called Back In Blossom Time Ma and Dad Under Two Flags The Portrait of Lady Anne The Merchant of Venice Big Sister The Wrecked Taxi When a Count Counted Lucile The Voice of Conscience A Star Reborn Undine Miss Robinson Crusoe When Mercy Tempers Justice Mary’s Goat Petticoat Camp Through the Flames A Noise Like a Fortune The County’s Prize Baby Aurora Floyd The Race The Star of Bethlehem
1913: A Poor Relation The Evidence of the Film Some Fools There Were The Pretty Girl in Lower Five The Two Sisters The Way to a Man’s Heart An Honest Young Man Won at the Rodeo Her Gallant Knights Cymbeline Retribution Rosie’s Revenge Her Sister’s Secret The Other Girl The Marble Heart In Their Hour of Need The Snare of Fate For the Man She Loved Tannhäuser In the Nick of Time Oh! Such a Beautiful Ocean The Lie That Failed An Unromantic Maiden The Ward of the King The Message to Headquarters Redemption When the Worm Turned Life’s Pathway Louie, the Life Saver A Deep Sea Liar A Peaceful Victory Beauty in the Seashell The Mystery of the Haunted Hotel A Twentieth Century Farmer The Water Cure The Junior Partner Little Brother The Blight of Wealth Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight A Beauty Parlor Graduate The Head Waiter
1914: Their Golden Wedding Adrift in a Great City Turkey Trot Town The Elevator Man Twins and a Stepmother The Success of Selfishness A Leak in the Foreign Office Cardinal Richelieu’s Ward The Cat’s Paw A Debut in the Secret Service The Mohammedan’s Conspiracy The Somnambulist From the Shadows The Million Dollar Mystery (Serial) Under False Colors The Adventures of a Diplomatic Freelance
1915: Graft vs. Love The Finger Prints of Fate The Smuggled Diamond The Adventure of Florence The Final Reckoning The Duel in the Dark The Cycle of Hatred Bianca Forgets Monsieur Nikola Dupree God’s Witness A Freight Car Honeymoon The Six-Cent Loaf The Country Girl Crossed Wires When the Fleet Sailed Monsieur Lecoq Reincarnation A Disciple of Nietzsche The Price of Her Silence Mr. Meeson’s Will All Aboard Her Confession
1916: The Five Faults of Flo What Doris Did Master Shakespeare, Strolling Player The Fugitive The Fear of Poverty Saint, Devil and Woman The Pillory The Return of Draw Egan Divorce and the Daughter
1917: Her Life and His When Love Was Blind The Unfortunate Marriage War and the Woman The Man Without a Country