Martha Mattox

Martha Mattox (June 19, 1879 – May 2, 1933) was an American silent film actress most notable for her role of Mammy Pleasant in the 1927 film The Cat and the Canary. She also played a role in Torrent (1926). She died from a heart ailment at age 53.

Martha Mattox
Martha Mattox in The Cat and the Canary.jpg
Mattox in The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Born(1879-06-19)June 19, 1879
DiedMay 2, 1933(1933-05-02) (aged 53)
Years active1913 - 1933


Born in Natchez, Mississippi, Mattox attended East Mississippi College, where she studied dramatic art.[1] A 1923 article in the Calgary Herald newspaper described her as "a full-blooded Creole", of Spanish descent on her father's side and French on her mother's.[2]

Her initial acting was on stage,[1] including performances with the Marion Leonard Company.[2] After working on stage, she began performing in films, initially in Westerns and action films and later in melodramas and comedies.[1] Her film debut came in 1915, and she played a variety of roles in the silent-film era.[3]

Activities in Mattox's personal life included donating prizes and selecting winners in the Better Baby Exposition.[4]

On May 2, 1933, Mattox died of heart disease in Sidney, New York, at age 53.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. pp. 236–237. ISBN 978-0-7864-4693-3. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Martha Mattox film pioneer". Calgary Herald. Canada, Alberta, Calgary. December 17, 1923. p. 16. Retrieved March 23, 2020 – via
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Martha Mattox". AllMovie. Archived from the original on March 23, 2020. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Actress Aids Better Baby Exposition". Los Angeles Evening Express. California, Los Angeles. September 26, 1929. p. 35. Retrieved March 23, 2020 – via

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