Louise Orth: Broadway, Biograph, and Billie Ritchie

That’s her on the left, playing a character named “Flossie Fluff”. In 1913 it wasn’t yet universal to promote the names of the actors in publicity

Louise Orth (b. 1893), sometimes billed as Lillian Orth, was a staple of silent comedies throughout the ‘teens. Originally from Denver, she started out in a chorus part in Tillie’s Nightmare (1910) with Marie Dressler when she was only 17. This led to a speaking role in The Fascinating Widow with Julian Eltinge the following year. She became part of the Biograph stock company in 1913, with a role in The Hicksville Epicure, directed by Dell Henderson. Her second film With the Aid of Phrenology (1913) paired her with Charles Murray and Edward Dillon (who directed), both frequent costars during her months at Biograph. In 1914 she joined Henry Lehrman at his newly formed L-KO studio, where she appeared in Billie Ritchie comedies. All but two of her films were made through 1916. The last two were Mr. Shoestring in a Hole with Billy Armstrong in January 1917, and the feature Three Black Eyes (1919) with Taylor Holmes. She then returned to Broadway to appear in The Mandarin (1920) and Madeleine and the Movies (1922).

To learn more about the variety arts, such as revue entertainment, 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.