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Pauline Starke
Starke in 1927
Born(1901-01-10)January 10, 1901
DiedFebruary 3, 1977(1977-02-03) (aged 76)
Years active1916–1935
(m. 1927; div. 1931)

George Sherwood
(m. 1932)

Pauline Starke (January 10, 1901[1][note 1] – February 3, 1977) was an American silent-film actress.

Early years

Pauline Starke was born on January 10, 1901 in Joplin, Missouri, the daughter of George W. Starke and Edythe Edna Starke (née Bruce).[2] Starke left school after completing the 5th grade.[3] She accompanied her mother to Los Angeles and caught the attention of D. W. Griffith while her mother was working as an extra.[4]


Selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922, Starke starred in a number of films from 1916 to 1935.

She made her acting debut as an extra in The Birth of a Nation (1915)[4] and appeared as a dance extra in Intolerance (1916). She continued to play bit parts until director Frank Borzage started casting her in leading roles, beginning in 1917. She scored several lead roles in films, establishing her as a prominent silent-film actress during the 1920s.

On Broadway, Starke portrayed Sylvia Clayton in Zombie (1932).[1]

Personal life and death

Starke married producer/director Jack White on September 4, 1927,[5] and they divorced in 1931. In 1932, she married actor George Sherwood.[4]

Starke died from the aftermath of a stroke on February 3, 1977 in Santa Monica, California.


Starke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6125 Hollywood Blvd, for her contributions to Motion Pictures.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Some sources say she was born in 1900.


  1. ^ a b "Pauline Starke". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
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  4. ^ a b c Slide, Anthony (September 12, 2010). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2708-8. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
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  6. ^ "Pauline Starke". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
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