Today is the birthday of Sybil Seeley (1902-1982) best known as one of Buster Keaton’s leading ladies during his Comique period (the shorts he made between 1920 and 1922). Born Sibye Trevilla (the name she was originally billed under), she began working for Keystone in 1917 at age 15. She’s only in five of Keaton’s films but they are among his best: One Week, Convict 13, The Scarecrow, The Boat, and The Frozen North. She also has a small part in Harold Lloyd’s A Sailor Made Man. She retired from films in 1922 to raise a family with screenwriter Jules Furthman.
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To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.