Violet Horner: Didn’t Sit in a Corner

Stage and screen star Violet Horner (1892-1970) was second generation show biz. Her parents had been on the music hall stage. Violet was born and raised in New York, where she sang in church choirs and participated in amateur theatricals.

In 1912 she began appearing in films for IMP, the precursor to Universal Studios. She acted in nearly 70 films over a 5 year period, opposite such stars as King Baggot, and Annette Kellerman. A good portion of her output is represented by 14 comedy shorts she made opposite Billy Quirk in 1913. Also notable was the 1913 version of the temperance melodrama Ten Nights in a Barroom. Her last film was Enlighten Thy Daughter (1917).

After leaving films, she sang in vaudeville until 1925 when she married a Brooklyn dentist named Adolph Wagner, after which time she taught acting and singing, and directed amateur shows. Thanks Jane Margaret Laight for the IMDB mini-bio from which we purloin some of these details.

To learn more about vaudeville, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, and for more on silent film, please read Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube