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Walker in 1902 Broadway play The Crisis
Charlotte Ganahl Walker
December 20, 1876 or 1878
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
|Died||March 23, 1958 (aged 81)|
Kerrville, Texas, U.S.
|Resting place||Old City Cemetery, Galveston County, Texas, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. John Haden (2 children) (1896–1903?)|
Eugene Walter (1908–23)
|Children||2, including Sara Haden|
Charlotte Ganahl Walker was born on December 20, 1876 in Galveston, Texas to Edwin A. Walker (1849–1889) and Charlisa (De Ganahl) Walker (1855–1934), although some sources report her birth date as December 20, 1878.
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Walker made her stage debut as a teen in 1893. At nineteen 1895 she performed in London, England in a comedy called The Mummy and in the same year performed with Richard Mansfield. Later, she returned to her native Texas after marrying and had two children. She returned to the stage in 1901 and appeared with James A. Herne. She was a leading lady with James K. Hackett from 1901-1905. In 1907 she appeared in the Broadway hit The Warrens of Virginia whose cast also had Gladys Smith (later Mary Pickford) and Cecil B. DeMille. She appeared as June in Trail of the Lonesome Pine, in 1911. She would later reprise the role in Cecil B. DeMille's 1916 film Trail of the Lonesome Pine. David Belasco noticed her in On Parole. He signed her for starring roles in plays The Warrens of Virginia, Just a Wife, and Call The Doctor. Each of the Belasco productions was staged prior to World War I.
Walker's motion picture career began in 1915 with Kindling and Out of the Darkness. Sloth (1917) is a five-reeler which features Walker. In the third reel of this film she plays a youthful Dutch maid who is about sixteen years old. The setting is an old Dutch settlement on Staten Island, New York. The theme stresses the perils of indolence to a nation of people. It cautions against permitting luxury to replace the simple life led by America's forebears. In her later silent film work Walker can be seen in The Midnight Girl (1925) starring alongside a pre-Dracula Bela Lugosi. The Midnight Girl is one of Walker's few silents that survives.
As a film actress Walker continued to perform in films into the early 1930s. Her later screen performances include roles in Lightnin' (1930), Millie (1931), Salvation Nell (1931), and Hotel Variety (1933).
Walker married her first husband, Dr. John B. Haden, on November 16, 1896 in New York City. With him she had two daughters, Beatrice Shelton Haden (born 1897) and Katherine Haden (b. 1899), who was known as the actress Sara Haden. After her divorce, she returned to the stage. Dr. Haden died in 1930. Her second husband, Eugene Walter, was a playwright who adapted the novel The Trail of the Lonesome Pine for the Broadway stage. The second marriage also ended in divorce in 1930.
Charlotte Walker died in 1958 at a hospital in Kerrville, Texas at age 81.
- Kindling (1915 Paramount) (survives)
- Out of the Darkness (1915) (survives)
- The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1916 Paramount) (survives)
- Pardners (1917) (lost)
- The Seven Deadly Sins (1917 Triangle)
- Sloth(episode) (fragment; Library of Congress)
- The Seventh Sin(episode) (survives; Library of Congress)
- Mary Lawson's Secret (1917) (lost)
- Just a Woman (1918 US Exhibitor's Booking Corp.) (lost)
- Men (1918 US Exhibitor's Booking Corp.) (lost)
- Every Mother's Son (1918 Fox)(lost)
- Eve in Exile (1919 Pathe) (survives; Library of Congress)
- The Lone Wolf (1924 Associated Exhibitors) (lost)
- The Sixth Commandment (1924 Associated Exhibitors) (lost)
- Classmates (1924 First National) (lost)
- The Mad Marriage (1925 Rosemary) (Lost)
- The Midnight Girl (1925 Chadwick) (survives)
- The Manicure Girl (1925 Paramount) (lost)
- The Savage (1926 First National) (lost)
- The Great Deception (1926 First National) (lost)
- The Clown (1927 Columbia Pictures) (survives)
- Annapolis (1928 Pathe) (survives)
- Paris Bound (1929 Pathe) (survives)
- South Sea Rose (1929 Fox) (lost)
- Double Cross Roads (1930 Fox) (survives)
- Three Faces East (1930 First National) (survives)
- Scarlet Pages (1930 First National) (survives)
- Lightnin' (1930 Fox) (survives)
- Millie (1931 RKO) (survives)
- Salvation Nell (1931 Tiffany) (survives)
- Hotel Variety (1933 Capitol Film Exchange) (lost)
- Scattergood Meets Broadway (1937 RKO) (status unknown)
- Janesville Daily Gazette, Monday, October 23, 1916, Page 6.
- The New York Times, "Charlotte Walker, Actress, Dies at 81; Star on Broadway in World War I Era".