Sylvia Ashton

Sylvia Ashton (January 26, 1880 – November 17, 1940) was an American film actress of the silent film era.

Sylvia Ashton
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Who's Who in the Film World, 1914
Born(1880-01-26)January 26, 1880
Denver, Colorado, United States
DiedNovember 17, 1940(1940-11-17) (aged 60)
Years active1912–1929

Ashton was born in Denver, Colorado. She bore a heavyset resemblance to Jane Darwell and like Darwell was playing mother and grandmother roles, though more famously than Darwell in the silents, while still in her 30s and 40s.[1] For years she was a regular member of Cecil B. DeMille's troupe of character actors. She appeared in 134 films between 1912 and 1929.[2] She retired from movies almost immediately at the dawn of sound, one of her later films being the part-sound film The Barker (1928). She died in Los Angeles, California.

Sylvia Ashton, at right with Betty Compson and below with Walter Hiers and Leatrice Joy. Motion Picture Magazine, August 1922

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  1. ^ "Sylvia Ashton, VGuide". Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Sylvia Ashton - IMDb

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