Marguerite Clark
Pioneer Silent Film Star
as Topsy (and Little Eva) in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1918) a lost silent
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Directed by J. Searle Dawley, produced by Adolph Zukorand Jesse Lasky, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel). Starring Marguerite Clark and Frank Losee. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Release date July 15, 1918 Running time 5 reels.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is a lost 1918 silent film produced by Famous Players-Lasky. Marguerite Clark plays both Topsy and Little Eva, more than likely with double exposure scenes when the girls appear together on screen. This version of the story was filmed on location in Louisiana along the Mississippi River, near to where Marguerite Clark would retire after leaving films.
Born to a farming family in Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio, Clark was educated at a Roman Catholic boarding school in Cincinnati. She finished school at age 16, and decided to pursue a career in the theatre. After performing for only a short time, Clark made her Broadway debut in 1900. The 17-year-old went on to star at various venues. In 1903 she was seen on Broadway opposite that hulking comedian DeWolf Hopper in Mr. Pickwick. The 6-foot-6-inch (1.98 m) Hopper dwarfed the nearly 5-foot-tall Clark in their scenes together.
In 1909 Clark starred in the whimsical costume play
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