Elsie Ferguson 001


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A photo of Elsie Louise Ferguson (1885-1961) stage and screen actress was born 19 August 1885 in New York City to parents attorney Hiram Benson Ferguson (1836-1885) and Amelia Lumann (1855-1917). Starting as a 17 year old chorus girl she progressed through a number of productions to become a leading lady and Broadway star by 1909. In 1917 with some persuasion in the form of a $5,000 a week contract, Elsie Ferguson began acting in films. Her salary at Paramount paid her an extra $1,000 per day of filming. After appearing in about 25 films she returned to the stage. She did however make one final sound film in 1930 aged 47. Her final appearance on Broadway was in 1943 at the age of 60.

She was married four times, firstly to estate agent Frederick Chamberlain Hoey (1865-1933) in 1908, they divorced in 1914. She then married banker Thomas Benedict Clarke (1877-1858) in 1916 they divorced in 1923. Thirdly she married actor and co-star Frederick George Worlock (1886-1973) in 1924, they divorced in 1930. Lastly she married British naval captain Victor Augustus Seymour Egan (1875-1956) in 1934 until his death in 1956. Elsie died 15 November 1961 in New London, Connecticut aged 76.

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Elsie's father died 7 months before she was born. Her mother raised their two children on her own. Elsie did not have the wealthy upbringing that is sometimes claimed. She was one of the original "Florodora Girls" and friends with fellow chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967). During her film career she was dubbed "The Aristocrat of the Silent Screen". Due to the ravages of time almost all of her films have now been lost.
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1885 - 1961
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Ancient Faces
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Born in 1885, Elsie Ferguson began on the stage but went into the movies for $5,000 a week in 1917. Can you imagine? She was beautiful - and she must have had talent. Elsie went a long way from being a fatherless child.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Ann Domjan
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Sassy.
Oct 30, 2017 · Reply
Toni Gonzales
She's beautiful
Oct 24, 2017 · Reply
Stefanie Endfinger
What a gorgeous woman!!!!!
Oct 21, 2017 · Reply
عطر الجنه علي
فخرالدين الأنصاري
Oct 21, 2017 · Reply
Cy Norris
Born 1883
Oct 20, 2017 · Reply
Marie-Paule Beaudoin
Breathtakingly beautiful
Oct 20, 2017 · Reply
Jeff Holshouser
Beautiful
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Mary Crestani Silantyev
Shame her films have been lost through ravages of time. She is beautiful.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Dovie Kay Fisher
Beautiful lady.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Billie James
what a beauty
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Breanne Bennett
Very pretty.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Sandra Gamier
That was a boatload of $$$, for that time!!!
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Nikki Anderson Rowenhorst
FANTABULOUS
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Cynthia Carpio Bautista
Beautiful! 😱
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Janie Rambo
Gorgeous !!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Barbara Ann Pinkerton
Gorgeous! Not like today's celebrity botox, lip plumped, nose jobbed women. I miss the days before all this crap. 😖
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Amy Beth Castricone
BEAUTIFUL!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Steve Henline
What a beautiful woman! Well worth the fortune of $5000 a week.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Bob Hodges
Amazing beauty 💙💙💙💗💗💗👫
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Judith Bilby
Bewitching eyes
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Linda Collins
She’s stunning!!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Trish Stover
What a beauty
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Gloria A. Mahaffey
$104,065.52 per week today.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Sheridan Fenwick
Wow ..quite a gal
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Karron Lundy
Oh my gosh she is beautiful!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Chris Matthews
With that face and hair, lots of money, multiple husbands, her story has to be fabulous. She is incredible.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Robyn Peery
She's not fatherless, she got here somehow!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Robyn Peery
Okay, good for you! Sorry you don't have a sense of humor.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Rose Gasak
Robyn, I don't like "sarcasm", I've noticed your " sarcasm " on other sites....... I will just ignore you, please do the same.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Rose Gasak
Ty Ancient Faces
Oct 19, 2017 ·
AncientFaces
Rose Gasak He died before she was born.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Robyn Peery
Yes, I'm aware of that, my comment is what is referred to as "sarcasm," but thanks for feeling the need to enlighten me.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Rose Gasak
You are speaking of a technicality, lots of men are sperm donors and not daddy's. I couldn't open to the story so I don't know if daddy died or abandoned her
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Laurie Lochard Smith
Looks just like NCIS's Abby!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
David Affleck
stunningly beautiful portrait
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Jean White
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Beautiful
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
George Scrase
Absolutely Beautiful Image Of Womanhood.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Opel Robertson
Very beautiful!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Enid Jasper
so pretty!
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Brenda Mccreight Warren
Beautiful
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Philip Mccague
Beautiful
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Carrie Castro
Beautiful person 💟
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Carolyn Hilton
A real beauty for any time.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Lee Ann Forester Train
Wow!! What a beautiful girl!!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Michele E. Lupe
What a beauty!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Terri Allen
Lovely lady
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Esmeralda Reynoso
GORGEOUS! WOW, I can't stop staring at her beautiful face 💚
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Nancy Carroll
Wasn't she gorgeous?
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Laurie Zeigler
she is stunning
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Jennifer Variano
I was thinking the exact same thing.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Becky Kelly
She is Beautiful. Love these old picture's.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Ann Bardo
She certainly is Beautiful
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Stephanie Stahlhut
Wow that's one of the most beautiful woman I've ever seen in photography from that period! And all before CoverGirl and Maybelline lol. A natural beauty
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Jeff Hyde
I was just saying the same thing to myself
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Shelley Howard
There was primitive make up from coal and berries.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Stephanie Stahlhut
I was not aware of that!
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Lee Ann Forester Train
She has the most sultry look!!
Oct 19, 2017 ·
AncientFaces
Actually, Maybelline began in 1915! :)
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Jane Slavin
What a knock out!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Tonya Clark Marinaro
Dang 5 g's in that era.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Joanne Fonseca
Maybe she made what would be the equivalent of today's 5k...
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Jeff Fry
According to an inflation calculator, that's about 92k in today's money.
Daaamn.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Tonya Clark Marinaro
Agreed
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Brigitte Cherubini
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That's still good money! Id take 5,000 a week!
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Eve Lewis
So beautiful.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Mara Nogueira
Linda
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Christian Chenevert
So gorgeous.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Tom Barton
awesome beauty.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Terry Davis
She lived in New London!
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Andrea Romero Bahena
Alexa Góco tú.
Oct 19, 2017 · Reply
Andrea Romero Bahena
Tiene un aire contigo.
Oct 19, 2017 ·
Alexa Góco
¿Por qué?
Oct 19, 2017 ·
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