Margaret Livingston (born Marguerite Livingston; November 25, 1895 – December 13, 1984), sometimes credited as Marguerite Livingstone or Margaret Livingstone, was an American film actress and businesswoman, most notable for her work during the silent film era. She is best known today as "the Woman from the City" in F.W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.
November 25, 1895
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Died||December 13, 1984 (aged 89)|
Warrington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Other names||Margaret Livingstone|
(m. 1931; died 1967)
Livingston was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Livingston, a Scottish immigrant, and Eda Livingston (née Frome), who was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She was raised in Salt Lake City along with her older sister, Ivy, who also became a film actress.
The young Livingston made her debut in films in 1916. She made over 50 films during the "silent era," most notably in F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and a further 20 films after she successfully made the transition to sound film in 1929, including Smart Money starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. She occasionally dubbed voices for some other actresses, including Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case (1929).
Livingston was a guest on William Randolph Hearst's yacht the Oneida during the weekend in November 1924 with film director and producer Thomas Ince, who later died of heart failure. In the Peter Bogdanovich film The Cat's Meow (2001), Livingston, played by Claudia Harrison, is depicted as having an affair with Ince at the time of his death.
On August 18, 1931, Livingston married the band leader Paul Whiteman in a ceremony in Denver, Colorado. She retired from film acting in 1934. Livingston was unable to have children, and adopted four with her husband. She spent the remainder of her life investing in oil ventures and real estate, and was a partner in the construction of the Colonial House in West Hollywood, California.
- The Chain Invisible (1916) as Elizabeth King
- Alimony (1917) as Florence (as Marguerite Livingston)
- Within the Cup (1918) as Minor Role
- The Busher (1919) (uncredited)
- All Wrong (1919) as Ethel Goodwin (as Marguerite Livingston)
- Haunting Shadows (1919) as Marian Deveraux (as Marguerite Livingston)
- What's Your Husband Doing? (1920) as Madge Mitchell
- Water, Water, Everywhere (1920) as Martha Beecher
- Hairpins (1920) as Effie Wainwright
- The Brute Master (1920) as The Native 'Taupou'
- The Parish Priest (1920) as Agnnes Cassidy
- Lying Lips (1921) as Lelia Dodson
- The Home Stretch (1921) as Molly
- Colorado Pluck (1921) as Angela Featherstone
- Passing Through (1921) as Louise Kingston
- Eden and Return (1921) as Connie Demarest
- The Social Buccaneer (1923) as Princess Elise
- Divorce (1923) as Gloria Gayne
- Love's Whirlpool (1924) as A Maid
- Wandering Husbands (1924) as Marilyn Foster
- Her Marriage Vow (1924) as Estelle Winslow
- Butterfly (1924) as Violet Van De Wort
- The Chorus Lady (1924) as Patricia O'Brien
- Capital Punishment (1925) as Mona Caldwell
- Up the Ladder (1925) as Helen Newhall
- I'll Show You the Town (1925) as Lucille Pemberton
- Greater Than a Crown (1925) as Molly Montrose
- The Wheel (1925) as Elsie Dixon
- Havoc (1925) as Violet Deering
- After Marriage (1925) as Alma Lathrop
- The Best People (1925) as Millie Montgomery
- When the Door Opened (1925) as Mrs. Grenfal
- Wages for Wives (1925) as Carol Bixby
- The Yankee Señor (1926) as Flora
- Hell's Four Hundred (1926) as Evelyn Vance
- A Trip to Chinatown (1926) as Alicia Cuyer
- The Blue Eagle (1926) as Mrs. Mary Rohan
- Womanpower (1926) as Dot
- Breed of the Sea (1926) as Marietta Rawdon
- Slaves of Beauty (1927) as Goldie
- Secret Studio (1927) as Nina Clark
- Lightning (1927) as Dot Deal / Little Eva
- Married Alive (1927) as Amy Duxbury
- The Girl from Gay Paree (1927) as Gertie
- Sunrise (1927) as The Woman from the City
- American Beauty (1927) as Mrs. Gillespie
- Streets of Shanghai (1927) as Sadie
- A Woman's Way (1928) as Liane
- Mad Hour (1928) as Maid
- The Scarlet Dove (1928) as Olga
- Wheel of Chance (1928) as Josie Drew
- The Way of the Strong (1928) as Marie
- Say It With Sables (1928) as Irene Gordon
- Through the Breakers (1928) as Diane Garrett
- Beware of Bachelors (1928) as Miss Pfeffer, the vamp
- His Private Life (1928) as Yvette Bérgere
- The Apache (1928) as Sonya
- The Last Warning (1929) as Evalynda Hendon
- Dreary House (1928) as Nancy Crowl
- The Bellamy Trial (1929) as Mimi Bellamy
- The Canary Murder Case (1929, voice only, dubbed dialogue for Louise Brooks) as Margaret Odell (uncredited)
- The Office Scandal (1929) as Lillian Tracy
- The Charlatan (1929) as Florence Talbot
- Innocents of Paris (1929) as Madame Renard
- The Girl Who Wouldn't Wait (1929) as Judy Judd
- Tonight at Twelve (1929) as Nan Stoddard
- Acquitted (1929) as Marian Smith
- Two O'Clock in the Morning (1929)
- Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) as Myra Thornhill
- Murder on the Roof (1930) as Marcia
- For the Love o' Lil (1930) as Eleanor Cartwright
- What a Widow! (1930) as Valli
- Big Money (1930) as Mae
- The Lady Refuses (1931) as Berthine Waller
- Kiki (1931) as Paulette Vaile
- God's Gift to Women (1931) as Tania Donaliff
- Smart Money (1931) as District Attorney's girl
- Broadminded (1931) as Mabel Robinson
- Call Her Savage (1932) as Molly
- Social Register (1934) as Gloria (final film role)
- "Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (5 December 2014), Marguerite Livingston, 25 Nov 1895; citing 12, Salt Lake, Utah, line 4122, Records Manager and Archive, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 4,121,037.
- Rayno, Don (2012). Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967. Scarecrow Press. p. 351. ISBN 978-0-810-88322-2.
- "All Women are Mercenary". Motion Picture. Macfadden-Bartell. 37: 103. 1929.
- "Margaret Livingston". New York Times. January 16, 1985. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
- "Margaret Livingston: "The Other Woman"". Films in Review. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 36. 1985.
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