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First Name
Lois

Last Name
Weber

Birthday
1879-06-13

Height
66.5

Build
Slim

Birthplace
Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA

Zodiac Sign
Gemini

Died
1939-11-13

Place of Death
Hollywood, California, USA

Cause of Death
Bleeding Ulcer

Nationality
American

Ethnicity
White

Gender
Female

Profile Bio Text
Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice-Guy Blaché, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film), cast her in the lead of his movie Hypocrites in 1908. Weber first got behind the camera on A Heroine of `76 (1911), a 1911 silent that was co-directed by the original American director, `Edwin S. Porter`, and the actor Phillips Smalley, who played George Washington. She also starred in the picture. In 1914, a year in which she helmed 27 movies, Weber co-directed an adaptation of Shakespeare`s The Merchant of Venice (1914) with Smalley, who also played Shylock. making her the first woman to direct a feature-length film in the United States. (Jeanie Macpherson, who would play a major role in cinema as Cecil B. DeMille`s favorite screenwriter, also acted in the film.) In the spirit of her evangelism, she began directing, writing and then producing films of social import, dealing with such themes as abortion, alcoholism, birth control, drug addiction and prostitution. By 1916, she had established herself as the top director at Universal Film Manufacturing (now Universal Studios), the top studio in America, making her the highest-paid director in the world. The following year, she formed Lois Weber Productions. She directed over 100 films, but her production company eventually went bankrupt in the 1920s, as her career faltered. She did not make the transition to sound, although she did make one talkie, White Heat (1934) in 1934.

Full Name at Birth
Florence Pietz

Age
60

Wikipedia Text

Lois Weber (June 13, 1879 – November 13, 1939) was an American silent film actress, screenwriter, producer, and director, who is considered "the most important female director the American film industry has known", and "one of the most important and prolific film directors in the era of silent films". Film historian Anthony Slide asserts that: "Along with D.W. Griffith, Weber was the American cinema's first genuine auteur, a filmmaker involved in all aspects of production and one who utilized the motion picture to put across her own ideas and philosophies."


Film Role
Director, Writer, Actor/Actress

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Occupation Text
Actress, film director, film producer, screenwriter

Wiki Bio Text
Date of Birth 13 June 1879, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Date of Death 13 November 1939, Hollywood, California, USA (stomach ailment) Birth Name Florence Pietz Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m) Mini Bio (1) Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film), cast her in the lead of "Hypocrites" (1908). Weber first got behind the camera on A Heroine of '76 (1911), a silent that was co-directed by pioneering American director Edwin S. Porter and actor Phillips Smalley, who played George Washington. She also starred in the picture. In 1914, a year in which she helmed 27 movies, Weber co-directed William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1914) with Smalley, who also played Shylock, making her the first woman to direct a feature-length film in the US. (Jeanie Macpherson, who would play a major role in cinema as Cecil B. DeMille's favorite screenwriter, also acted in the film). In the spirit of her evangelism, she began directing, writing and then producing films of social import, dealing with such themes as abortion, alcoholism, birth control, drug addiction and prostitution. By 1916 she had established herself as the top director at Universal Film Manufacturing (now Universal Studios), the top studio in America at the time, making her the highest-paid director in the world. The following year she formed Lois Weber Productions. She directed over 100 films, but her production company went bankrupt in the 1920s as her career faltered. She did not make the transition to sound, although she did make one talkie, White Heat (1934), in 1934. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous) Spouse (2) Harry Gantz (30 June 1926 - 1935) (divorced) Phillips Smalley (May 1906 - 1922) (divorced) Trivia (1) She is the first woman to direct a full-length feature, the Rex production of The Merchant of Venice (1914).

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