Mabel Ballin entered the film business in 1917 when Hugo Ballin, her husband, was having little success with his painting career. Mabel Croft was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1885. Some sources give 1887 as her birthdate. Both of Croft’s parents died when she was 2 years old, which resulted in her being raised by her grandfather and social worker grandmother. Mabel Croft’s first stage experience was at Salvation Army hall, where she played the tambourine to bring in donations. Raised in poverty, Croft was working as a dressmaker when a customer paid for her tuition to an industrial arts school. Croft never graduated, instead moving to New York to pursue a career in acting. She married painter and director Hugo Ballin on October 24, 1909 in Westport, Connecticut and together they founded Ballin Independent Company. Ballin appeared in 28 films between 1917 and 1925. She achieved popularity during World War I. She is best known for her role in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925). Other notable films she appeared in include The Glorious Adventure (1918), Jane Eyre (1921), and Vanity Fair (1923), in which she portrayed Becky Sharp. She played quite a few leading roles at the World Film Co. And was a well-known and popular actress at the time. However, after World War I her career momentum slowed down, and she retired from the film business in 1925. Minor corner and edge wear, minor bend. 1925Beauty and the Bad Man. 1925Riders of the Purple Sage. 1925Code of the West. 1922Other Women’s Clothes. 1921The Journey’s End. 1919Lord and Lady Algy. 1918The Turn of the Wheel. Lucretia, as a Girl. 1917When Bobby Broke His Arm (Short). 1917Just What Bobby Wanted (Short). 1917Bobby’s Bravery (Short). 1917Bobby, the Pacifist (Short). 1917Bobby, Movie Director (Short). 1917Bobby, Boy Scout (Short). This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Movies\Photographs”. The seller is “pengang” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
- Industry: Movies