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Florence Lawrence


B: January 2, 1886 in Hamilton, Ontario
D: December 28, 1938 in Los Angeles, California

Florence Lawrence, “The Biograph Girl,” grew up on Jackson street in Hamilton and started out in life as Florence Annie Bridgwood. She made 38 films in 1908 and 65 in 1909. The movie-star system, as we know it today, began with her in 1910. Elusive Isabel, produced by Universal Pictures in 1916, was her first full-length silent movie. A stage musical titled The Biograph Girl was launched in 1980, and in 2001, William J. Mann published a novel about Florence Lawrence, also titled The Biograph Girl.

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Also see: An item from our copy of the April 1916 issue of Picture-Play Magazine.
Also see: The Return of Florence Lawrence from our copy of the May 1921 issue of Photoplay Magazine.