Mabel Paige

Mabel Paige (December 19, 1880 – February 9, 1954) was an American stage and film actress.

Mabel Paige
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Mabel Paige, "The Idol of the South", 1899
Mabel Paige Roberts

(1880-12-19)December 19, 1880
New York, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 1954(1954-02-09) (aged 73)
Years active1914-1953
Charles W. Ritchie
(m. 1908; died 1931)

Early yearsEdit

Paige was born in New York, New York,[citation needed] and began acting at age four, when she appeared in Van, the Virginian.[1]


When she was 11 years old, Paige began acting in stock theater.[2] She appeared in dozens of stage plays, including Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1892, Rip van Winkle in 1899, and At Cozy Corners in 1905. In the South, she became particular a favorite and was acclaimed as the "Idol of the South." Her Mabel Paige Theatrical Company toured the region for many years.[citation needed] She also had troupes known as the Mabel Paige Repertoire Company and the Mabel Paige Southern Company.[3]

After she married, Paige left acting to raise her family. She was away from show business for more than a decade, but financial problems prompted her to return to acting.[2]

Her Broadway credits included Gramercy Ghost (1951), Two Blind Mice (1949), Out of the Frying Pan (1941), Western Waters (1937), Murder in the Cathedral (1936), and Lost Horizons (1934).[4]

Paige also acted in more than 50 films between 1914 and 1953. In her first silent films for the Lubin Company, she co-starred in romantic comedies with Oliver Hardy as her leading man.

One of Paige's last appearances as an actress was on the CBS-TV sitcom I Love Lucy. That episode, "The Girls Go Into Business", aired on October 12, 1953.


Paige died in Van Nuys, California from a heart attack on February 9, 1954. She was 73.

Selected filmographyEdit

Television appearancesEdit

  • I Love Lucy, episode #68 (1953), "The Girls Go Into Business", as Mrs. Hansen.
  • Annie Oakley (1954) Episode #7 titled "A Gal For Grandma," as Mrs. Frances Randall


  1. ^ Garland, Robert (June 12, 1949). "Veteran Actresses Carry On in 'Two Blind Mice'". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. International News Service. p. 57. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Othman, Frederick C. (November 10, 1942). "Silent Star Also Unseen In Pictures". The Miami Herald. Florida, Miami. United Press. p. 14. Retrieved January 29, 2020 – via
  3. ^ Rydzewski, Steve (2013). For Art's Sake: The Biography & Filmography of Ben Turpin. BearManor Media. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Mabel Paige". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Maltin, Leonard (2015) [First published 1969]. "Mabel Paige". The Real Stars : Profiles and Interviews of Hollywood's Unsung Featured Players (softcover) (Sixth / eBook ed.). Great Britain: CreateSpace Independent. pp. 218–229. ISBN 978-1-5116-4485-3.

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