Lois WeberDates: June 13, 1881 (1882?) - November 13, 1939
A film actress, writer and director in the early days of Hollywood film making, Lois Weber directed hundreds of films, some under contract to Universal where she had considerable freedom in picking her materials. In the 1920s, she went independent, though the films she produced on her own were not received as well by critics and the public. She often wrote her own film scripts
Some of the films directed by Lois Weber were on controversial topics such as capital punishment, religion, and politics; others were more intimate examinations of marriage and relationships. Her movie The Dumb Girl of Portici was Anna Pavlova's introductory screen appearance.
Lois Weber worked with her husband, Phillips Smalley, until their divorce. After that point, she seemed to lose her focus and energy, and her career as a filmmaker essentially ended.
Lois Weber on the Web
- Lois Weber: biography, from Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present
- Lois Weber - biography by Carey Ostergard and Kim Worley
- Lois Weber: filmography from the Internet Movie Database
- Lois Weber or the exigency of writing" - an extended essay on Weber's writing style
About Lois Weber
- Categories: film director, actress, producer
- Places: Pennsylvania; Hollywood, California; United States
- Period: 20th century
Also on this site
- Slide, Anthony. Lois Weber: The Director Who Lost Her Way in History. Greenwood Press: Westport, Connecticut, 1996.
- Reel Women : Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 - Present.
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