Mary Philbin Overview:

Actress, Mary Philbin, was born Mary L. Philbin on Jul 16, 1902 in Chicago, IL. Philbin died at the age of 90 on May 7, 1993 in Huntington Beach, CA .

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By Silentfilmfanatic on Sep 28, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

A Tribute to Even though is best known for unmasking Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), she was in a number of Universal’s best known productions of the 1920’s. Born on July 16, 1903, in Chicago, Mary had a strict Irish Catholic upbringing. ... Read full article


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Dea: God closed my eyes so I could see only the real Gwynplaine.


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According to film historian Scott MacQueen, Mary was engaged in the late 1920s to Paul Kohner, an associate of the Laemmle "crew" and later assistant producer of Philbin movies such as The Man Who Laughs (1928). Mary broke off the engagement at the request of her parents, as she was Irish Catholic and Paul was a Czech Jew. While Paul went on to enjoy a successful marriage and career as a Hollywood agent, Mary was out of pictures within a few years. Sadly, she never married and spent much of her life looking after her parents, living with them in a house on Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood that Mary had bought with her film earnings. However, they never forgot each other. Shortly after Paul's death in 1988, workers cleaning out his office at his agency found Mary's love letters close at hand in his desk, more than 60 years, later. Similarly, Philbin sobbed at the news of Kohner's death in a 1989 interview.

Of Irish lineage from both her parents

Originally - she intended to become a stage actress.

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