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Also Known As: Died: December 28, 2038
Born: January 2, 1886 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Profession:

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This popular actress of the early silent era was known as 'the Biograph Girl' due to her affiliation with the studio and its foremost director, D W Griffith. Lawrence was lured away from Biograph in 1910 by Carl Laemmle, of the Independent Motion Picture Company of America, who renamed her the 'The Imp Girl'. Thanks to one of Laemmle's canny publicity stunts, involving a newspaper story claiming that Lawrence was dead, she became the first film star whose real name was known to the public. Lawrence's career was effectively over by the mid-20s, though she remained on the MGM payroll through the 30s.

This popular actress of the early silent era was known as 'the Biograph Girl' due to her affiliation with the studio and its foremost director, D W Griffith. Lawrence was lured away from Biograph in 1910 by Carl Laemmle, of the Independent Motion Picture Company of America, who renamed her the 'The Imp Girl'. Thanks to one of Laemmle's canny publicity stunts, involving a newspaper story claiming that Lawrence was dead, she became the first film star whose real name was known to the public. Lawrence's career was effectively over by the mid-20s, though she remained on the MGM payroll through the 30s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Footlight Varieties (1951) Florence
2.
 Secrets (1933)
3.
4.
 The Hard Hombre (1931)
5.
 Gambling Wives (1924) Polly Barker
6.
 The Satin Girl (1923) Sylvia
7.
 The Unfoldment (1922) Katherine Nevin
8.
 Elusive Isabel (1916) Isabel Thorne
9.
10.
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husband:
Harry Slater. Actor, director. First of three husbands.

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mother:
Lotta Lawrence. Actor.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl: America's First Movie Star" McFarland
"The Biograph Girl" Kensington

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Leenie ( 2008-08-06 )

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Florence's parents were married in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on December 13, 1880. Her father George Bridgewood was a 54 year old widower from England, and a carriage-maker. Her mother Charlotte Amelia Dunn was 19 and born in Ontario. On the 1881 Canadian census, the couple were living in Hamilton with George's daughter Edith, aged six, from his first marriage. Two employees of George's carriage-making business were also lodging with them. Florence had two older brothers: George Herbert Alexander Bridgewood, born in Hamilton on June 26, 1882; and Norman William Bridgewood, born in Hamilton on January 23, 1884. Florence Annie Bridgewood was born at 291 King Street, Hamilton, Ontario, on January 2, 1886.

Leenie ( 2008-08-06 )

Source: not available

On the 1891 Canadian census, George Bridgewood is living alone, aged 66, in Hamilton, although he is listed as married. So far neither Charlotte Bridgewood nor her children have been located in the 1891 census, either under the name of Bridgewood or Lawrence. On the 1900 US federal census, Charlotte Bridgewood is living with her widowed mother Ann Dunn in Buffalo, New York. She is listed as a mining broker, and her three children are living with her as well. George Bridgewood was 18 & a pressman. Norman, 16, and Florence, 14, were attending school nine months of the year. The census also states that Charlotte and her children immigrated to the US in 1898. Charlotte is listed as married, but George Bridgewood was found dead in his home at 20 Jackson Street East in Hamilton, Ontario, on February 18, 1898, aged 76.

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