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Elsie Ferguson

Elsie Ferguson is our lost diva. Known as the "Aristocrat of the Screen," she was a popular stage equally popular film star--Photoplay Magazine even joked of her "how dare you sir" expressions. But she is destined to remain a mysterious figure to modern audiences, as all of her silents but one have been lost. A copy of her 1919 film Witness for the Defense exists in Gosfilmofond in Moscow. A print of Forever (1921), with Wallace Reid, was given by Reid's widow to a proposed museum in Hollywood, but when the museum collection was dispersed, the film had disappeared. It can only be hoped that one day the print will show up. Her one talkie, Scarlet Pages (1930) airs occasionally on TCM.

On the Web

Information on Ferguson and a clip from Witness for the Defense

"Elsie Ferguson, Aristocrat of the Silent Screen," by Robert Klepper in Classic Images.

"The Rise of Elsie Ferguson," by Harriette Underhill in Photoplay, April 1918.

The Internet Movie Database filmography

The Silent Ladies photo gallery

A Louella Parsons interview with Elsie Ferguson in Taylorology 63.

Another interview with Elsie Ferguson in Taylorology 93.

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

Films Available on Video

Scarlet Pages (1930)
Available from The Warner Archive
Unsung Divas

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Last revised August 27, 2012