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Florence Lawrence – The Bioscope – Thursday 13th July 1911


Florence Lawrence (born Florence Annie Bridgwood; 2nd January 1886 – 28th December 1938) was a Canadian-American stage performer and film actress. She is often referred to as the “first movie star,” and was the first film actor to be named publicly. At the height of her fame in the 1910s, she was known as the “Biograph Girl” for work as one of the leading ladies in silent films from the Biograph Company. She appeared in almost 300 films for various motion picture companies throughout her career.





To set oneself an ideal, and to keep up to that ideal, never slacking or letting its exact meaning fail to impress, is perhaps one of the hardest asks to accomplish; yet a man or woman without an ideal can only be likened to a ship without a rudder – helpless, completely at the mercy of the wind and tide. Those of us who can afford the time for retrospection often look back upon what been accomplished in the direction of the ideal in moving picture acting- an ideal, be it remarked, that many have set themselves but few have accomplished. And it is not carping at this failure – if failure it be – to say that by its very means the success of those who have achieved a triumph brings us ever nearer to that ideal.

Perhaps this slight digression may be pardoned when it is considered how much depends upon the art of the picture artiste. It maybe that an excellent plot, strengthened by skilful producing and almost perfect, photography, loses all its excellence by reason of the leading characters being unable to grasp the full meaning of the parts assigned to them. That is where the true art of the artiste is lacking, and it is then that one realises what is meant by the ideal in picture acting.

We have often commented on the instantaneous success achieved with those films in which Miss Florence Lawrence appears. Perhaps it is not too much to say that Miss Lawrence is the best-known of all picture actresses, and certain it is that she the most popular. One can remember the favour with which she was received when appearing in the American Biograph Company’s productions, following upon which the Imp Company claimed her services. Now, however, Miss Lawrence appears exclusively in Lubin films, and her fine work in such subjects as “Her Child’s Honour,” “The Hoyden,” to say nothing of the company’s many other successes, has deserved praise, and incidentally increased the already high reputation which Lubin films have justly earned in this country. A few personal details relative to Miss Lawrence may perhaps prove of interest to her many admirers. Her first experience in the moving picture field was gained under Mr. Griffiths, producer for the American Biograph Company, with whom Miss Lawrence stayed three years. To quote a well-known American author, it is doubtful whether there is another personality so well-known in America as that of Miss Flo Lawrence. This is indeed high praise, but it is nevertheless well-earned and merited.

It may be mentioned that Miss Lawrence is the wife of Mr. Salter, the producer for the Lubin Company.


The Bioscope – Thursday 13th July 1911

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