Florence La Badie

She was born Florence Russ in New York April 27, 1888. She was adopted by Joseph and Amanda LaBadie and raised as an only child. She was educated at the Convent of Notre Dame. In 1908, she began a career on stage with a touring company. She also worked as an artist model and appeared on magazine covers. She was introduced to D.W. Griffith by Mary Pickford in 1909. She appeared in several Biograph shorts in minor roles including as Bobby Harron's sister in "Enoch Arden" (1911). Feeling that she was not going to get featured parts at Biograph, she went to Thanhouser where she quickly became a popular star in such films as "The Last of the Mohicans" (1911) and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1912). She appeared in over 80 films during a two-year period with the company. Cashing in on the success of "The Perils of Pauline" (1914), Thanhouser starred LaBadie in the 1914 serial "The Million Dollar Mystery," a huge success for Thanhouser and LaBadie. Starring roles continued, and her popularity with movie-goers grew. She was known for being willing to take a risk and doing many of her own stunts. She loved the wild rides at Coney Island, sometimes rode a motorcycle to work and learned to fly an airplane. Although she signed a new contract with Thanhouser in 1916, the company was in its final days. LaBadie made 13 features in 1916 and 1917. After the completion of the war drama "The Man Without a Country" (1917), she and friend Daniel Carson Goodman were driving outside Ossining, NY, and the car's brakes failed on a hill. LaBadie spent the next two months in the hospital, but succumbed to her injuries Oct. 13, 1897.

Selected films of this star available for viewing:

The Return of Draw Egan (1916)

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