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Anita Stewart


Anita Stewart, if she is remembered at all today, is known only for being the star that helped Louis B. Mayer launch his film career, as well as being the subject of a landmark law suit when she broke her Vitagraph contract to sign with him. Little more is ever said about her, and she has only one short and one feature film available on video--too little to get a reliable impression of what she was like as a screen personality. Yet she was a star name for nearly two decades, retiring when talkies came in without every trying her hand at the medium.

On the Web


Anita Stewart
by Hugh Neely, in the Women Film Pioneers Project

The Internet Movie Database filmography

The Silent Ladies photo gallery

Stewart's entry in The Blue Book of the Screen (1923)

Stewart's entry in Stars of the Photoplay (1924)

Stewart speaks a couple of lines in this Hollywood of Parade episode at about 2:50 in.

The Juggernaut, p.1 and p.2 on You Tube



Silent Films Available on Video

Whispering Wires (1926)
available from Bill Sprague
The Web (1913)
available on the tape "The Films of Vitagraph" formerly available from Grapevine Video


Further Reading

Classic Images, June 1991

Films in Review, February 1970.

Unsung Divas

©2001, by Greta de Groat. All Rights Reserved

Last revised November 11, 2013