May McAvoy and Bruce Gordon are the stars of The House of the Tolling Bell. May McAvoy sometimes describes herself as « The Girl Who Wailt ». There are many ways towards film fame, if we are to believe the biographers, but May’s way is all her own. Waiting for an actress friend was she one day, when a friend of that friend saw her, and asked for an introduction. This introduction led to a visit to a film studio and the introduction of May McAvoy to film work. May became a maid pro tem., and waited (for film purposes) upon many famous stars. Then she played Madge Kennedy’s sister in The Perfect Lady, and a succession of « sister » parts followed. She was waiting, Micawber-like, for another job, when J. Stuart Blackton engaged her as featured lead for a series of pictures, of which The House of the Tolling Bell is the first to be released this side. These days, twenty-year-old May is a star, and her « Grizel » in Sentimental Tommy is her biggest achievement.
The Picturegoer (VOL. 3. NO. 15. MARCH, 1922., p.54, London)
This popular Paramount star was born in Champaign, Ill., and educated in St. Elizabeth’s Convent, Chicago. Her initial venture in the theatrical world was as a featured player in stock after which she was prominently cast with Edwin Stevens in « The Devil. » She began her screen career with the old Lubin company. She has achieved her greatest success upon the screen with the Famous Players company in « Pettigrew’s Girl, » « Maggie Pepper, » « Men, Women and Money, » « More Deadly than the Male » the film version of Lupert Hughes’ splendid story « The Thirteenth Commandment, » and « A Lady in Love. » Miss Clayton is five feet five inches in height and weighs a hundred and thirty pounds. She has red gold hair and gray eyes and is very fond of all outdoor sports.
Who’s Who on the Screen (New York: Ross Publishing Co., 1920.)