Claire Adams

Claire Adams (née Beryl Vere Nassau Adams; 24 September 1898 – 25 September 1978) was a silent film actress and benefactor. She was born in Canada, studied there and in England, and developed a movie career in Hollywood. She spent the second half of her life in Australia. [1] [2][3][4]

Claire Adams
Film actress Claire Adams (SAYRE 1543).jpg
Adams in 1920
Beryl Vere Nassau Adams

(1898-09-24)24 September 1898
Died25 September 1978(1978-09-25) (aged 80)
Years active1912–1963
(m. 1924; died 1932)

Donald John Scobie Mackinnon
(m. 1932; died 1974)


Adams died on 25 September 1978, in Windsor, Victoria, aged 80, and was cremated.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1934 What a Mother-in-Law! Frances
1927 Combat Wanda
Married Alive Viola Helmesley Duxbury
The Lunatic
1926 The Sea Wolf Maud Brewster
The Combat
Yellow Fingers Nona Deering
1925 The Big Parade Justyn Reed
The Wheel Kate O'Hara
Souls for Sables Helen Ralston[6] Uncredited
The Kiss Barrier Marion Weston
Men and Women Agnes Prescott
The Devil's Cargo Martha Joyce
1924 The Brass Bowl Sylvia
The Fast Set Fay Colleen
The Painted Flapper Eunice Whitney
Helen's Babies Helen Lawrence
Oh, You Tony! Betty Faine
Honor Among Men Patricia Carson
The Girl in the Limousine The Girl
Missing Daughters Claire Mathers
The Night Hawk Clia Milton
Daddies Bobette Audrey
1923 The Clean Up Phyllis Andrews
Legally Dead Minnie O'Reilly
Where the North Begins Felice McTavish
Stepping Fast Helen Durant
Brass Commandments Ellen Bosworth
The Scarlet Car Beatrice Forbes
1922 Do and Dare Juanita Sánchez
Heart's Haven Vivian Breed
Just Tony Marianne Jordan
Golden Dreams Mercedes McDonald
When Romance Rides Lucy Bostil
The Gray Dawn Nan Bennett
1921 The Mysterious Rider Columbine
The Man of the Forest Helen Raynor
A Certain Rich Man Molly Culpepper
The Lure of Egypt Margaret Lampton
Black Beauty Claire Adams is not in the Vitagraph film. She appeared in a competing rival version of the story produced by Eskay Harris Feature Film Company.[7]
The Killer Ruth Emory
The Spenders Avice Milbrey
1920 The Dwelling Place of Light Janet Butler
The Penalty Barbara
Riders of the Dawn Lenore Anderson
The White Dove Ella De Fries Credited as Clare Adams
The Key to Power Ann Blair
The Money Changers Lucy Hegan
The Great Lover Ethel
1919 The Invisible Bond Leila Templeton Also known as Should a Wife Forgive? (USA)
A Misfit Earl Phyllis Burton
Speedy Meade Alice Hall
The End of the Road Mary Lee
1918 The Spirit of the Red Cross Ethel
Adam and Some Eves
The Man-Eater Credited as Peggy Adams
1917 Nutty Knitters
Faint Heart and Fair Lady
Your Obedient Servant
Chris and His Wonderful Lamp Betty
1913 The Widow's Suitors Credited as Clara Adams
Boy Wanted As Clara Adams
A Shower of Slippers As Clara Adams
Aunt Elsa's Visit As Clara Adams
The Office Boy's Birthday As Clara Adams
Bragg's New Suit As Clara Adams
1912 Kitty at Boarding School
Revenge Is Sweet As Clara Adams
The Artist's Joke As Clara Adams
An Intelligent Camera
Apple Pies As Clara Adams
Kitty's Holdup
Eddie's Exploit As Clara Adams
Curing the Office Boy As Clara Adams
A Heroic Rescue As Clara Adams


  1. ^ "Actress Plays Reuniting Role". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. 7 July 1932. p. 1. Retrieved 3 September 2016 – via  
  2. ^ "Among the Movie Stars". The Salina Evening Journal. Kansas, Salina. 25 December 1920. p. 14. Retrieved 3 September 2016 – via  
  3. ^ McCallum, Bonnie (1978). ales Untold: Memoirs of an ABC Publicity Officer. Melbourne: Hawthorn Press. p. 32.
  4. ^ Maxwell, Virginia. "Cultural Advice". Mackinnon, Donald John Scobie (1906–1974). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  5. ^ Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 2. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  6. ^ Souls for Sables Cast Information
  7. ^ Black Beauty (II) produced by Eskay Harris Feature Film Company..retrieved 16 June 2018
  • Photoplay Dec,1924
  • Film Index, No 3, 1970, p. 12
  • Social History Report on Morramong, Skipton by D. Hellier (1989). National Trust of Australia, Victoria branch.

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