Thanks to the reader who directed me to the sad story of the brief life and career of vaudeville performer and silent screen comedian Marjorie Ray (1890-1924). Ray had appeared in a handful of L-KO comedies with her husband Dan Russell. At age 34 she died of tetanus of what was widely reported to have been a “pin prick”, which it technically was, although the “pin” turns out to have been a morphine needle. I redirect you now to two, much more thorough articles about the performer: this, by Michael J. Ankerich, and this, on the Classic Actresses Blog.
To learn more about vaudeville, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, and for more on classic comedy please read Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube.