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Mary Mersch

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Mary Mersch
Riders of the Purple Sage (1918) - 3.jpg
Mersch with William Farnum in Riders of the Purple Sage
BornJanuary 4, 1887
DiedFebruary 26, 1956 (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1916–1938
SpouseTom Forman (divorced 1923)

Mary Mersch (January 4, 1887 – February 26, 1956), sometimes credited as May Mersch, was an American actress active from the silent era up to 1938.[1] She was under contract with Fox, and often worked with directors like William Farnum and Frank Lloyd.[2]


Mary was born in Los Angeles, California, to Theodore Mersch and Clara Dominguez. She began her acting career on the stage in New York City with May Robson and the Manhattan Players, appearing in plays like Martha-by-the-Day.[3][4][5] She was married for a time to actor-director Tom Forman; the couple — who had a son together — divorced in 1923.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Photoplay Magazine. Cloud Publishing Company. 1916.
  2. ^ a b "Hubby's Pay Crux in Divorce Action". The Santa Ana Register. 27 Apr 1923. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  3. ^ "Actresses, Leads". Motion Picture Studio Directory: 109. 1919 – via
  4. ^ "Summer Theatre". The Dayton Daily News. 3 Aug 1912. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  5. ^ "Martha-by-the-Day Pleases Audiences". The Anaconda Standard. 28 Jan 1915. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  6. ^ Solomon, Aubrey (2014-01-10). The Fox Film Corporation, 1915–1935: A History and Filmography. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8610-6.
  7. ^ Motography. 1918.
  8. ^ Higashi, Sumiko (1994-12-02). Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08557-2.
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