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Natalie Kingston
Kingston, 1927
Born
Natalia Ringstrom

(1905-05-19)May 19, 1905
DiedFebruary 2, 1991(1991-02-02) (aged 85)
West Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm actress, dancer
RelativesMariano Guadalupe Vallejo (great-grandfather)
Agoston Haraszthy (great-grandfather)

Natalie Kingston (born Natalia Ringstrom; May 19, 1905 – February 2, 1991) was an American actress.

Background

Kingston was born as Natalia Ringstrom in Vallejo, California,[1] and raised in San Francisco. She was of Spanish, Hungarian, and Swedish descent. She was a great-granddaughter of General Mariano Vallejo, who commanded the army which surrendered California to General John C. Fremont. Her mother was Natalia Haraszthy, granddaughter of Agoston Haraszthy, founder of California's wine industry.[citation needed] She was educated in San Rafael, California, at a Dominican convent.[2]

Dancer

As a child, she learned to dance the jota and other traditional Spanish dances. She began law school but left to take a course in dancing. Two seasons later, Kingston performed as a danseuse with the New York City Winter Garden show. Later, she joined a Fanchon and Marco troupe in California after they discovered her dancing in a San Francisco cabaret.[citation needed])

Actress

After starring in Broadway Brevities of 1920 on Broadway,[3] she moved into films in the early 1920s. Her first movie appearance was in The Daredevil (1923). She joined the Mack Sennett studios in 1924, and co-starred with Harry Langdon in a series of comedy films including Remember When? (1925) and Her First Flame (1927). Kingston left the Sennett studio and comedies in 1926 to try for dramatic movie roles. She signed with Paramount Pictures and made three motion pictures in quick succession. All three were comedies: Miss Brewster's Millions (1926), The Cat's Pajamas (1926) and Wet Paint (1926).

Kingston's first dramatic role was in Street Angel (1928). She played the part of Lisetta. The same year she made Painted Post with Tom Mix. In this film she portrayed a magazine illustrator seeking western types. She becomes caught up in an exciting feud in her search for them. As Dona Beatriz, Kingston was given a great opportunity in The Night of Love (1927). The movie starred Ronald Colman and Vilma Bánky.

She appeared in two of the popular Tarzan films. She was Mary Trevor in Tarzan the Mighty (1928) and was the fifth actress to play Jane in Tarzan the Tiger (1929), the Universal Pictures Tarzan film serial which co-starred Frank Merrill. After a series of roles in B movies she made her last film, Only Yesterday (1933). She was uncredited in that movie.[citation needed]

Death

Natalie Kingston died in West Hills, California, aged 85, in 1991.

Partial filmography

Natalie Kingston as Lady Jane in Tarzan the Tiger
Natalie Kingston as Lady Jane in Tarzan the Tiger

References

  1. ^ Liebman, Roy (1998). From Silents to Sound: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Performers who Made the Transition to Talking Pictures. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-786-40382-0.
  2. ^ "A Star a Day: Natalie Kingston". The Messenger. Kentucky, Madisonville. January 21, 1927. p. 4. Retrieved January 12, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Natalie Kingston". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.

Further reading

  • Los Angeles Times, "Daughter Of Dons In Sennett Fold", May 24, 1924, page 24
  • Los Angeles Times, "Natalie Buys One", March 29, 1925, page H3
  • Los Angeles Times, "Horsewomen All", April 15, 1925, page C5
  • Los Angeles Times, "Tries Vainly To Quit Comedy"', February 28, 1926, page 29
  • Los Angeles Times, "Pure Californian", October 31, 1926, page C21
  • Los Angeles Times, "Fight Won By Father Of Actress", November 16, 1927, page 6
  • Los Angeles Times, "Two Cast For Role In Court Skit", April 7, 1928, page A6
  • New York Times, "Cinema Celebrities", May 20, 1928, page 104
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