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Carol Dempster


Star from the silent film period who appeared in lots of of movie director http://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/carol-dempster.html movies, making a lot of her fellow stars jealous. When she was 15 years of age she was discovered by D.W. Griffith, who ensemble her among the dancers for his film Intolerance. She was criticized by D.W. Griffith’s various other stock stars, including Lillian Gish and Miriam Cooper for copying their designs. She is at a longrunning romantic relationship with D.W. Griffith when he was estranged from his wife. She got her first function beyond a D.W. Griffith film in the 1922 film Sherlock Holmes, which starred John Barrymore.

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Full Name Carol Dempster
Date Of Birth December 9, 1901
Place Of Birth Minnesota
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Edwin Larsen
Movies Sally of the Sawdust, Intolerance, The Sorrows of Satan, Isn't Life Wonderful, The Love Flower, Sherlock Holmes, Dream Street, One Exciting Night, The White Rose, The Girl Who Stayed at Home, America, That Royle Girl, The Hope Chest, The Greatest Thing in Life
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1Attended Ruth St. Denis Dancing School, where she was discovered by D.W. Griffith. He provided her with professional acting and dancing lessons, grooming her to become his leading star from 1918-26. She apparently spurned her mentor's offer of marriage. She retired from films in 1926 to marry an investment banker, Edwin Larsen, in 1929.
2The other actresses in D.W. Griffith's stock company--particularly Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Miriam Cooper and Mae Marsh--detested her because she mimicked their acting styles rather than developing a style of her own. This resentment grew when Griffith--who had become obsessed with Dempster--turned away from his stock actresses because he thought he now had a little bit of all of them wrapped up in one package.
3She had a lengthy relationship with director D.W. Griffith while he was estranged from his wife, Linda Arvidson.



The Sorrows of Satan1926Mavis Claire
That Royle Girl1925Joan Daisy Royle
Sally of the Sawdust1925Sally
Isn't Life Wonderful1924Inga
America1924Miss Nancy Montague
The White Rose1923Marie Carrington
One Exciting Night1922Agnes Harrington
Sherlock Holmes1922Alice Faulkner
Dream Street1921Gypsy Fair
Way Down East1920Barn Dancer (uncredited)
The Love Flower1920Stella Bevan
Scarlet Days1919Lady Fair
True Heart Susie1919Bettina's friend
The Girl Who Stayed at Home1919Atoline France
A Romance of Happy Valley1919Girl John Logan meets in New York (uncredited)
The Hope Chest1918Ethel Hoyt
The Greatest Thing in Life1918Dancer (uncredited)
Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal1918Short
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916Favorite of the Harem (uncredited)

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American Masters1993TV Series documentary

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1I just never think about my days in pictures. I am always surprised that anyone remembers me. It was so long ago. So many of my movies were so sad. Maybe my fans would like to know that in real life Carol Dempster had a happy ending.

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