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DiedMay 9, 1948, New York City, New York, United States

Viola Allen (1872-1948) was an American stage actress. She was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of George and Sarah Allen. Her father was a government clerk and her mother was a schoolteacher. Viola had two brothers, George and Edward. She was educated at the Washington Seminary and the National Cathedral School. She made her stage debut in 1891 in Washington, D.C. in the play “Our American Cousin.”

Viola Allen’s first Broadway appearance was in 1893 in the play “The City.” She appeared in a number of Broadway plays over the next few years, including “The Second Mrs. Tanqueray” (1893), “The School for Scandal” (1894), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), and “She Stoops to Conquer” (1896). In 1897, she married the actor Henry Miller, with whom she had two children, Henry and Sarah. The couple divorced in 1908.

In 1898, Viola Allen made her first film appearance, in the short film “The Life of an American Fireman.” She went on to appear in a number of other short films over the next few years. In 1903, she starred in her first feature film, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” She also appeared in the films “The Ten Commandments” (1923), “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924), and “Ben-Hur” (1925).

Viola Allen’s stage career continued throughout her life. She appeared in a number of Shakespearean plays, including “Romeo and Juliet” (1901), “Macbeth” (1902), “Hamlet” (1903), and “Othello” (1904). She also appeared in the plays “Peter Pan” (1905), “Pygmalion” (1913), and “The Miracle Worker” (1916). In addition to her stage work, Viola Allen also appeared in a number of radio programs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Viola Allen died of a heart attack on September 11, 1948, at the age of 76.

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Full NameViola Allen
DiedMay 9, 1948, New York City, New York, United States
EducationBishop Strachan School


MoviesThe White Sister

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Open Your Eyes1919Mrs. Forrester (as Mrs. Viola Allen)
The White Sister1915Donna Angela Chiaromonte, 'The White Sister'

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