Helen MacKellar

Helen MacKellar (February 13, 1895 – August 5, 1966)[1] was an American actress.

Helen MacKellar
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MacKellar in 1919
Born(1895-02-13)February 13, 1895
DiedAugust 5, 1966(1966-08-05) (aged 71)
Spouse(s)George McQuarrie

Born in Detroit, Michigan,[1] MacKeller's ancestry was Scottish and French-Canadian. She studied acting in Chicago and Spokane. Her stage debut came in Spokane in The Whirl of the Town, a musical comedy, when she was 14. She went on to perform in vaudeville and in repertory theatre with the Valencia Stock Company in Los Angeles. Her first acting in the eastern United States was with the Poli Stock Company in New Haven.[2]

MacKellar's film debut came in The Past of Mary Holmes.[3] She also appeared in Two Against the World, Draegerman Courage, The Case of the Stuttering Bishop, Crime School, Little Tough Guy, Barefoot Boy, Valley of the Giants, Disbarred, Boy Slaves, Bad Boy, Northwest Passage, Dark Command, Cheers for Miss Bishop, The Great Mr. Nobody, The Great Train Robbery, Gangs of Sonora, Down Mexico Way, The Man Who Returned to Life, Street of Chance, The Sundown Kid, The Powers Girl and Silver Spurs, among others.[4]

MacKellar's Broadway credits included Dear Ruth (1944), Bloody Laughter (1931), Through the Night (1930), Romancin' Round (1927), Open House (1925), The Mud Turtle (1925), A Good Bad Woman (1925), The Desert Flower (1924), The Masked Woman (1922), The Shadow (1922), Bought and Paid For (1921), Back Pay (1921), The Storm (1919), The Unknown Purple (1918), Major Pendennis (1916), and Seven Chances (1916).[1]

MacKellar was married to George McQuarrie.[5] She died in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Helen MacKellar". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on October 31, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  2. ^ Cline, Louis (March 27, 1920). "Helen MacKellar Wins Huge Success in 'The Storm'". Brooklyn Life. New York, Brooklyn. p. 15. Retrieved October 31, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Capitol Film, 'The Past Of Mary Holmes'". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. February 11, 1933. p. 20. Retrieved November 1, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Helen MacKellar". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  5. ^ "The Story of Helen MacKellar". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. October 6, 1929. p. 4 E. Retrieved November 1, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

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