Miriam Cooper

Miriam Cooper (November 7, 1891 – April 12, 1976) was a silent film actress who is best known for her work in early film including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance for D.wikipedia
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Miriam Cooper (November 7, 1891 – April 12, 1976) was a silent film actress who is best known for her work in early film including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance for D. W. Griffith and The Honor System and Evangeline for her husband Raoul Walsh.

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Miriam Cooper (November 7, 1891 – April 12, 1976) was a silent film actress who is best known for her work in early film including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance for D. W. Griffith and The Honor System and Evangeline for her husband Raoul Walsh.

Maryland

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Miriam Cooper was born to Julian Cooper and Margaret Stewart in Baltimore, Maryland on November 7, 1891.

Catholic Church

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Her mother was from a devout Catholic family with a long history in Baltimore.

Navassa Island

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Her paternal grandfather had helped discover Navassa Island and made his wealth from selling guano.

Guano

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Her paternal grandfather had helped discover Navassa Island and made his wealth from selling guano.

Edgar Allan Poe

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To make her sister Lenore behave, she also became a storyteller, repeating Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" and saying it was named for her.

The Raven

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To make her sister Lenore behave, she also became a storyteller, repeating Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" and saying it was named for her.

Christianity

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Cooper cited these experiences as great influences both on her acting and on her Christian faith.

Cooper Union

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From there she attended art school at New York's Cooper Union, again with help from the parish.

Charles Dana Gibson

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At the suggestion of a friend of her mother's, Cooper posed for Charles Dana Gibson at the age of 21.

Oil

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It was the first painting Gibson had done in oils.

Biograph Studios

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Soon after, on a friend's suggestion, Cooper went to Biograph Studios, just to see what they were doing there.

Ford Sterling

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Ford Sterling's wife Teddy Sampson tried to sabotage Cooper's make up, but Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand spotted her and helped her.

Mack Sennett

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Ford Sterling's wife Teddy Sampson tried to sabotage Cooper's make up, but Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand spotted her and helped her.

Mabel Normand

Ford Sterling's wife Teddy Sampson tried to sabotage Cooper's make up, but Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand spotted her and helped her.

Screen test

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After shooting, Cooper was asked to stay in costume as Griffith wanted to screen test her.

Edison Studios

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Cooper never heard back from Biograph and, interested in making more money, she approached Edison Studios and Vitagraph, but was turned away.

Vitagraph Studios

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Cooper never heard back from Biograph and, interested in making more money, she approached Edison Studios and Vitagraph, but was turned away.

Repertory theatre

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As her roles grew she was invited to join their stock performance company, which was heading for Florida to film.

Florida

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As her roles grew she was invited to join their stock performance company, which was heading for Florida to film.

Jacksonville, Florida

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Filming took place in Jacksonville, Florida with Anna Q. Nilsson and Guy Coombs as the leads.

Anna Q. Nilsson

Filming took place in Jacksonville, Florida with Anna Q. Nilsson and Guy Coombs as the leads.

Guy Coombs

Filming took place in Jacksonville, Florida with Anna Q. Nilsson and Guy Coombs as the leads.

American Civil War

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For the 50th anniversary of the American Civil War, the company made several Civil War-themed shorts.