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24 January 2008

Violet Radcliffe (1908 - 1926) A forgotten child male-impersonator

Violet Radcliffe (1908 – 1926). Born in Niagara Falls, New York.
Violet made her first film at age 6, her last at the age of 10, and was dead at age 18. In 5 years, from 1914 to 1918 she made 34 films. She finished her career in Fox's Sunshine Kiddies films, children's stories with most parts played by children, in which she played male villains.
She was Prince Rudolpho in Jack and the Beanstalk, 1917, the evil magician, Al-talib in Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, 1917, the Robber Prince in The Babes in the Woods, 1917, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, 1918, and the Chief Executioner in Fan Fan, 1918.
  • Here is her IMDB entry - 34 films.
  • There is no English Wikipedia entry, but here is the French one - which completely misses the point that she was a male impersonator.

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