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Effie Shannon (May 13, 1867 – July 24, 1954) was an American stage and silent screen actress.[5]

Effie Shannon
Effie Shannon 1.jpg
Famous Actresses of the Day in America, Volume 1 by Lewis Clinton Strang pub. 1899
Born(1867-05-13)May 13, 1867
DiedJuly 24, 1954(1954-07-24) (aged 87)
Bay Shore, New York, United States
Years active1886–1944
Spouse(s)Henry Guy Carleton m.1890-1893; divorced,[1][2][3][4]
Partner(s)Herbert Kelcey;?not married, acting-partner (may have been her spouse; unclear)


Shannon had a 60-year career as starring performer and later character actress. She began as a child actor appearing with John McCullough and later in 1886 with Robert B. Mantell. Her partner and/or husband was Herbert Kelcey who died in 1917. They appeared in numerous plays as a team predating by a generation the famous Lunt and Fontanne as a great Broadway romantic team. In 1914 she appeared in her first silent film along with Kelcey. They made one more film together in 1916 before his 1917 death. Shannon continued to appear in silent films and early talkies up to 1932 all while still juggling her Broadway appearances. One of her last roles was in a revival of Arsenic and Old Lace.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1914 After the Ball Louise Tate
1916 The Sphinx The Sphinx
1918 Her Boy Helen Morrison
1918 Ashes of Love Louise Mordyke
1919 The Common Cause Belgium (prologue)
1921 Mama's Affair Mrs. Orrin
1922 Sure Fire Flint Mrs. De Lanni
1922 The Man Who Played God Mildred Arden
1922 The Secrets of Paris Madame Ferrand
1923 The Tie That Binds Mrs. Mills
1923 Jacqueline, or Blazing Barriers Her Mother
1923 Bright Lights of Broadway Mrs. Grimm, Landlady
1924 Roulette Mrs. Marineaux
1924 Damaged Hearts His Wife
1924 The Side Show of Life Lady Verity-Stewart
1924 Sinners In Heaven Mrs. Stockley
1924 Greater Than Marriage Mother
1925 Soul-Fire Mrs. Howard Fane - Eric's Mother
1925 Sally of the Sawdust Mrs. Foster
1925 Wandering Fires Mrs. Satorius
1925 The New Commandment Marquise de la Salle
1925 Pearl of Love Mrs. Kittridge
1926 The Highbinders Mrs. James Cortright
1929 Highlowbrow Short
1932 The Wiser Sex Mrs. Hughes (final film role)


  1. ^ Browne, Walter & E. De Roy Koch, eds. Who's who on the Stage, 1908, p. 74 (1908)
  2. ^ 1894 Theater Stage Actors "Original Stage 2" October 21, 2016
  3. ^ marriage of Effie Shannon and Henry Guy Carleton Retrieved October 21, 2016
  4. ^ findagrave; Henry Guy Carleton Retrieved July 20, 2016
  5. ^ Effie Shannon; Retrieved May 14, 2015
  6. ^ Effie Shannon at the database
  7. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre 1912-1976, abridgement of original annual versions by John Parker; 1976 version published by Gale Research

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