Brooklyn, New York
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Woodland Hills, California
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Viola Dana was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1897 with the birth name of Virginia Flugrath. She was the middle sister of three actresses (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in the film MOLLY THE DRUMMER BOY at the age of 17. The following year Viola received top billing as Gladiola Bain in GLADIOLA. She was in top demand as evidenced by another title role in THE INNOCENCE OF RUTH. She continued to turn in great performances particularly as Katie O`Doone in BRED IN OLD KENTUCKY. Viola`s final silver screen role was in 1929`s ONE SPLENDID HOUR. The last the general public saw her was in a documentary about Buster Keaton called A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW in 1987 for television. Viola was to die that year on July 3. She was 90 years old.
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Shirley Mason (actress), Edna Flugrath (actress)
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Viola Dana (born Virginia Flugrath, June 26, 1897 – July 3, 1987) was an American film actress who was successful during the era of silent films. She appeared in over 100 films, but was unable to make the transition to sound films.
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