Vera Lewis

Vera Lewis (June 10, 1873 – February 8, 1956) was an American film and stage actress, beginning in the silent film era. She appeared in 183 films between 1915 and 1947. She was married to actor Ralph Lewis.

Vera Lewis
Vera Lewis in Lady Gangster.jpg
Lewis in Lady Gangster (1942)
Born(1873-06-10)June 10, 1873
DiedFebruary 8, 1956(1956-02-08) (aged 82)
Years active1915–1947
Spouse(s)Ralph Lewis


She was born in Manhattan, where she began acting in stage productions. Her film career started in 1915 with the film Hypocrites, which starred Myrtle Stedman and Courtenay Foote. From 1915 to 1929 she appeared in 63 silent films, including the film classic Intolerance (1916) where she played the "old maid" Miss Jenkins.

Unlike many silent film stars, she made a smooth transition to "talking films", starting with her 1930 appearance in Wide Open, starring Patsy Ruth Miller and Edward Everett Horton. Already 56 years old by the time of her first talkie, she appeared in 58 films during the 1930s, and another 60 during the 1940s, almost all of them as a character actress. She retired after 1947, and resided at the Motion Picture Country House in Woodland Hills, California at the time of her death on February 8, 1956.


Vera and Ralph Lewis had a daughter, Monica. During her marriage to Fred Johnson, Monica had four children. Thus in addition to her four grandchildren, Vera and Ralph had 10 great-grandchildren.[1][2]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Services for Vera Lewis, Veteran of Films, Set",, February 12, 1956.
  2. ^ 2nd version of clip article Profile,; accessed September 23, 2015.

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