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Gertrude McCoy

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Gertrude McCoy
Gertrude in 1917
Gertrude Lyon

(1890-06-30)June 30, 1890
DiedJuly 17, 1967(1967-07-17) (aged 77)
Years active1911–1926
(m. 1919; died 1931)

Gertrude McCoy (born Gertrude Lyon,[1] June 30, 1890 – July 17, 1967) was an American film actress of the silent era. She appeared in more than 130 films between 1911 and 1926.[2]

McCoy was born in Rome, Georgia, on June 30, 1896, and she attended schools in Nassau, Tennessee.[3]

McCoy was a Gibson Girl, modeling for artist Charles Dana Gibson, before she acted.[4] She began working for Gaumont studios in 1916[5] and also acted for Zitaphone, Biograph, and Pathe.[4]

In 1915, the Gertrude McCoy Theater opened in West Baltimore's Easterwood section. It was built by the Lord Calvert Amusement Company. When McCoy retired in 1927, the 500-seat theater's name was changed to the Fulton Theater.[6]

McCoy married British actor Duncan McRae in 1919. Together, they made films in England, Germany, and South America.

In the 1930s, McCoy moved to Atlanta to care for her mother, who was an invalid. She worked at the Georgian and Piedmont hotels in Atlanta. McCoy died on July 17, 1967, in a hospital in Atlanta.[4]

Selected filmography

Gates of Divorce (1916)
Gates of Divorce (1916)


  1. ^ "The Edison Kinetogram". Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated. November 20, 1914 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c "McCoy, Gertrude – (1890 – 1967)". A Bit of History. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gertrude McCoy". Photoplay Magazine. X (1). June 1916. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Films' GertrudeMcCoy Of Silent Days Dies Here". The Atlanta Constitution. July 18, 1967. p. 21. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via
  5. ^ "Gertrude McCoy Joins Gaumont". The Sunday Telegram. West Virginia, Clarksburg. March 19, 1916. p. 15. Retrieved December 27, 2021 – via
  6. ^ Davis, Amy (2017). Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters. JHU Press. ISBN 978-1-4214-2218-3. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
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