Blanche Sweet was born in Chicago and received her education at Berkeley College in California. She began her stage career at an early age, appearing with Chauncey Olcott and other stars. Deserting the stage for the screen she found fame at once, her first appearance being in « Judith of Bethula. » [sic] Since then Miss Sweet has added to her popularity in the great number of productions in which she has appeared. The singularly appealing personality of Blanche Sweet has endeared her to lovers of the best in motion pictures and her delightful impersonations in the past give promise of greater things for the future. Miss Sweet was D. W. Griffith’s first star. She is now starred by Pathe in a series of productions. She has golden hair and blue eyes.
Who’s Who on the Screen (New York: Ross Publishing Co., 1920.)
Blanche Sweet was to remain with Griffith and American Biograph for five years, replacing Mary Pickford and, in turn, being replaced by Lilian Gish. The style and appearance of the three actresses is so diverse that it is impossible to compare one to the the other. Blanche is still a teenager with « puppy fat », unlike the ethereal Gish, and lacks the obvious personality of Mary Pickford. She is a more natural actress than either of the two.
(Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses, Anthony Slide, University Press of Kentucky, 2002.)
A memorable event in connection with the Quincentenary of St. Joan, now being celebrated in France, is the production, at the National Opera House in Paris, of Great French Historical Film, « La Merveilleuse Vie De Jeanne D’Arc, Fille De Lorraine. » The film portraits graphically the life of the immortal Joan of Arc. Photo shows Joan of Arc mounted her charger, leading her troops to relieve the siege of Orleans.
She is not only a famous beauty, but an actress of unusually thorough schooling and magnetism, high spirit and peculiarly human appeal. She has also an extrordinarily flexible pantomimic gift, and what is known as « screen value, » to a degree that might be called « screen genius. » (Rupert Hughes Interview in Motography Magazine 1916 April 22 Issue)
Leo Wharton, Pathé director, contemplates a trip to Saranac Lake Region. Wharton will take with him a large company, including Charles Arling and Gwendoline Pates, and will produce some large feature pictures with winter backgrounds. (The Motion Picture Story Magazine, 1913 March Issue)
MYRTLE STEDMAN was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1888, and received her education in Mrs. Starret’s School of that city. She has had a wide theatrical career, and is an accomplished actress. She has had a successful stage career, having appeared in musical comedy and light opera, prior to her screen debut which was made in 1912. Her screen debut was made with the old Selig Company, and she has since appeared in the productions of almost every first class producer, her ability to portray roles of matured womanhood, wherein proper dignity, bearing, humor and art are so necessary, making her services by all producers always in demand. Mrs. Stedman is the mother of Lincoln Stedman, himself a promising young actor. Her hobby is naturally the care of her pretty Hollywood bungalow. She is 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 140 lbs., and has blond hair and hazel eyes.
Famous film folk; a gallery of life portraits and biographies
(New York; George H. Doran company, 1925.)