Sybil Seely

Sybil Seely (born Sibye Trevilla,[1] January 2, 1900 [2]– June 26, 1984)[3] was a silent film actress who worked with the well known silent film comedy actor Buster Keaton. She was credited in most of her films as Sibye Trevilla.[4][unreliable source?]

Sybil Seely
Portrait of Sybil Seely.jpg
Seely, photographed by Nelson Evans
Sibye Trevilla

(1900-01-02)January 2, 1900
DiedJune 26, 1984(1984-06-26) (aged 84)
Other namesSibye Trevilla
Sibye Travilla
Years active1917–1922
(m. 1920; died 1966)

Early yearsEdit

Seely was born to Harry Travilla and Lucie Ellen Boyker (1855–1949) in Los Angeles.[5][6]


Seely acted in her first film, Hearts and Flowers at the age of 17. She is known to have appeared in 21 films, some opposite Buster Keaton.


In 1920, she married screenwriter Jules Furthman. They had a son, Jules Jr., born in 1921. In 1922, she retired from her acting career.[7]


Seely was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1983 and also suffered from cerebral arteriosclerosis at the time of her death from cardiac failure[3] in Culver City, California, aged 84, on June 26, 1984.[8] She was survived by a son and a sister.[3][unreliable source?]



  1. ^ Massa, Steve. Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy. BearManor Media. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Ssdi".
  3. ^ a b c Walker, Brent E. (2013). Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel. McFarland. p. 551. ISBN 9780786477111. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Sybil Seely profile,; accessed January 5, 2017.
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  7. ^ Sybil Seely, Classic Video Streams; accessed January 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Death Certificate of Sybil Travilla Furthman,; accessed January 5, 2017.

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