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Ethel Clayton


Winsome, not beautiful--a mellifluous speaker and trained songstress (who studied classical voice with Mary Garden's coach)--Ethel Clayton radiated a charming normalcy and agreeableness.  From 1909 to 1913 she enjoyed a rapid ascent in the esteem of both critics and public, first winning admiration in "His Name on the Door," in a role that showed off her ensemble skills.  Her greatest success was in "The Country Boy," a vehicle in which she traversed America in 1910 and 1910, except for a summer stint as featured songstress in the 1911 Ziegfeld Follies.  The failure of 1912's "The Brute," despite a stellar cast, convinced her of the precariousness of theatrical life.  Shortly after the turn of the year, in early winter 1913, she contracted with the Lubin motion picture company of Philadelphia to star in a numger of ther photoplays.  She quickly became Lubin's leading star, and appeared in over seventy releases over the next two years.  The 1915 the life palled, and she returned for the first of several stints in the professional theatres.