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Lois Weber

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Weber in 1916

Source: Wikipedia

Lois Weber (June 13, 1879 – November 13, 1939) was an American silent film actress, screenwriter, producer, and director, who is considered "the most important female director the American film industry has known", and "one of the most important and prolific film directors in the era of silent films". Film historian Anthony Slide asserts that: "Along with D.W. Griffith, Lois Weber was the American cinema's first genuine auteur, a filmmaker involved in all aspects of production and one who utilized the motion picture to put across her own ideas and philosophies."

Fact file

  • Born: Florence Lois Weber June 13, 1879 Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Died: November 13, 1939 (aged 60) Hollywood
  • Occupation: Actress, film director, film producer, screenwriter
  • Spouse(s): Phillips Smalley (1904–1922) Harry Gantz (1926–1935)
  • Awards: Hollywood Walk of Fame – Motion Picture 6518 Hollywood Blvd

Read more about Lois Weber at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Film academy shines the spotlight on "Treasures" from the past
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-09-02 20:55:00
With a little bit of luck and a lot of sleuthing, a long-lost 1911 film short from pioneering filmmaker Lois Weber was found and restored and will have its world premiere Thursday in a joint presentation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Library of Congress. ...

Critic's Notebook: Lois Weber, Eloquent Filmmaker of the Silent Screen
NY Times Movies, 2016-12-15 19:05:47
The Anthology Film Archives is giving viewers a chance to discover this long-forgotten director with a beautiful restoration of her 1916 film “The Dumb Girl of Portici.”

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