Florence La Badie

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Florence LaBadie, 1916
Florence La Badie

Florence La Badie , actually Florence Russ , (born April 27, 1888 in New York City , † October 13, 1917 in Ossining , New York ) was an American silent film actress . Alongside Asta Nielsen and Theda Bara , La Badie was one of the biggest stars of the 1910s in the global film business.


Florence La Badie was given up for adoption at the age of three and was adopted by the Canadian lawyer La Badie and his wife. She spent her childhood in Montreal . She received her school education in Montreal and New York.

She later worked as a model for magazines, and later, from 1908, she was employed as an actress for a traveling theater group. She was friends with the actress Mary Pickford , who later became legendary , who introduced her to the film business and where she was able to shoot her first roles in short films for American Biograph from 1909. This included films directed by DW Griffith , where she was given small roles alongside well-known actors such as Mack Sennett , Donald Crisp , Mabel Normand or her friend Mary Pickford. In 1911 she moved to Thanhouser Films , where she remained active until her death and became the studio's leading actress.

The lifelong single actress appeared in more than 180 short and feature films, became one of the leading actresses of her time worldwide and was even considered one of the most famous stars in the USA.

On October 13, 1917, she died at the age of 29 from the effects of a car accident that had happened two weeks earlier. But the actual accident wasn't the cause of death, despite the fact that she was thrown out of the car and had a broken pelvis. Blood poisoning was found to be the cause of death . She was buried anonymously in Greenwood Cemetery in New York. There has been a memorial stone in the cemetery since 2014 because you can no longer find her grave.


  • She had an affair with the then very famous film producer of Austrian descent, Marcus Loew .
  • All - even the most difficult - stunts were done by herself. It was therefore known in public as "Fearless Flo".
  • La Badie was considered a passionate reader and devoured works by Charles Dickens , William Makepeace Thackeray and Edward Bulwer-Lytton despite her immense film work .

Filmography (selection)

  • 1909: The politicians love story
  • 1911: The Brocken Cross
  • 1911: Madame Rex
  • 1911: The smuggler
  • 1911: The buddhist priestress
  • 1911: David Copperfield
  • 1911: The Satyr and the Lady
  • 1911: Cinderella
  • 1911: Swords and Hearts
  • 1912: Jess
  • 1917: Her life and his
  • 1917: The man without a country

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