Cleo Madison

Portrait Cleo Madison
Actress, Director - USA
Born March 28, 1883 in Bloomington, IL, US
Died March 11, 1964 in Burbank, CA, US

Mini-Biography:
Cleo Madison was born on March 28, 1883 in Bloomington, IL, US. She was an American Actress, Director, known for Discontented Husbands (1924), The Roughneck (1924), The Lullaby (1924), Cleo Madison's first movie on record is from 1912. Cleo Madison died on March 11, 1964 in Burbank, CA, US. Her last motion picture on file dates from 1924.
Biographical Notes in German: Schauspielerin und Regisseurin des amerikanischen Stummfilms, spielte in mehr als 100 Filmen und zog sich 1924 vom Film zurück.
Cleo Madison wurde in Bloomington, Illinois geboren, wuchs dort auf und war vor ihrer Filmkarriere bereits eine vielbeschäftigte und erfolgreiche Theater- und Varietéschauspielerin, ebenfalls mit ihrer eigenen Theatertruppe, der “The Cleo Madison Stock Company”. Bei der Universal engagiert, spielte sie in zahlreichen Ein- und Zweiaktern, bis Universal sie für das Serial THE TREY O' HEARTS (1914) verpflichtete, durch das sie recht bekannt wurde. Mitunter begann sie ihre eigenen Drehbücher zu schreiben und wurde selbst eine gefragte Regisseurin, erfolgreich in allen Genres vom Western über Action Filme zu Dramen, sie drehte erst mehrere Zweiakter, schliesslich zwei Fünfakter, von welchen der erste unter dem Titel "A Soul Enslaved" am 24. Januar 1916 uraufgeführt wurde. Madisons zweiter Spielfilm mit dem Titel "Her bitter cup" hatte am 17. April 1916 Premiere, in beiden Filmen spielte Cleo Madison selbst auch die weibliche Hauptrolle. Ihr eigener Erfolg scheint ihr zum Verhängnis geworden, anfangs der Zwanziger Jahre erlitt die Schauspielerin einen Nervenzusammenbruch, sie spielte nur noch vereinzelt in einigen Filmen und zog sich schliesslich 1924 ganz vom Film zurück.

Cleo Madison scheint sich stark für die Rechte der Frauen (nicht nur im Film) eingesetzt zu haben: ein Artikel in Photoplay zitiert: "Mit der wunderschönen, aber militanten Cleo an der Spitze könnten die Suffragetten das Wahlrecht für die Frauen erringen und den Widerstand dagegen im Handumdrehen zerschlagen. Cleo Madison ist eine sehr weibliche Frau - wäre sie es nicht, könnte sie nicht so teilnahmevolle, emotionale Rollen spielen - und gleichzeitig ist sie so klug und so geschäftstüchtig, dass die männliche Bevölkerung der Universal City im Vergleich zu ihr alle die Debütanten erscheinen, wenn es darum geht, zur Sache und zum Geschäft zu kommen." (William M. Henry, "Cleo, the Craftswoman", Photoplay Januar 1916, zitiert in Anthony Slide, Engel vom Broadway, Münster 1982)

Zur ihrer Auffassung von Regie äusserte sich Cleo Madison laut einem Artikel in Moving Picture Stories aus dem Jahre 1916 wie folgt: "Jedes Stück, in welchem Frauen auftreten, soll einen femininen Touch besitzen. Lois Webers Produktionen sind phenomenal erfolgreich, zum Teil weil ihre Darstellungen der Frau in einem wahrhaften Geist der Weiblichkeit geschaffen sind. Ich glaube, das Wichtigste ist alles vorher zu planen und zu überlegen, befor die Kamera in Aktion tritt. So sollte es auch nie erforderlich sein, eine Szene zu wiederholen, es sei denn, es ist in ihr etwas schief gelaufen. Jeder Schauspieler sollte die Gelegenheit haben, das ganze Drehbuch von Anfang bis zum Ende zu lesen, befor er seinen Part spielt. Wie kannst Du eine Rolle spielen, ohne ihren Bezug zum ganzen Stück zu kennen ? Wenn jemand die Geschichte nicht kennt, dann leidet immer die ganze Produktion darunter. Hat man einmal mit dem Drehen begonnen, sollte einen auch nicht mehr hindern, den Dreh fertigzustellen. Die ganze Vorbereitung für den Dreh sollte vorher genau überprüft worden sein."

Cleo Madisons Karriere ging, wie gesagt, 1920 abrupt zu Ende, wenig ist über ihre späteren Jahre bekannt. Anthony Slide zitiert einen Brief den sie viele Jahre später an einen ihrer Bewunderer schrieb: "Um 1931 habe ich angefangen, im Büro als Angestellte zu arbeiten, und ich bin jetzt pensioniert. Ich werde eben alt. Ich schicke Ihnen ein paar alte Photographien, die ich übrig habe. Behalten Sie, was Sie wollen, und werfen Sie den Rest weg. Ich brauche sie nicht mehr. Die Stummfilme! Das waren noch glückliche Zeiten!"

Als Cleo Madison am 11. März 1964 in Burbank starb, hatte man sie längst vergessen...

Cleo Madison Filmography [Auszug]
1924: [11/30] The Roughneck (Thorns of Passion) (Cast: Anne Delaney ), Directed by Jack Conway, with George O'Brien, Billie Dove, Harry T. Morey,
1924: [05.25] Unseen Hands (Cast: Mataoka ), Directed by Jacques Jaccard, with Wallace Beery, Joseph J. Dowling, Fontaine La Rue,
1924: [04.20] True As Steel (Cast: Mrs. Parry ), Directed by Rupert Hughes, with Aileen Pringle, Huntley Gordon,
1924: [01.20] The Lullaby (Cast: Mrs. Marvin ), Directed by Chester Bennett, with Jane Novak, Robert Anderson, Fred Malatesta,
1924: [01.15] Discontented Husbands (Cast: Jane Frazer ), Directed by Edward LeSaint, with James Kirkwood, Grace Darmond,
1923: [10.02] Gold Madness (Cast: Olga McGee ), Directed by Robert Thornby, with , Mitchell Lewis,
1923: [09/00] Souls in Bondage (Cast: The Chameleon), Directed by William H. Clifford, with Pat O'Malley, Otto Lederer,
1922: [02.04] The Dangerous Age (Cast: Mary Emerson), Directed by John M. Stahl, with , ,
1922: [09/24] A Woman's Woman (Cast: Iris Starr), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Mary Alden, Louise Lee, Dorothy Mackaill,
1921: [10.30] Ladies Must Live (Cast: Mrs. Lincourt ), Directed by George Loane Tucker, with Robert Ellis, Mahlon Hamilton, Betty Compson,
1921: [01.10] The Lure of Youth (White Ashes (Working title)) (Cast: Florentine Fair ), Directed by Philip Rosen, with William Conklin, ,
1920: [09.13] The Price of Redemption (Cast: Anne Steel), Directed by Dallas M. Fitzgerald, with Bert Lytell, Seena Owen,
1919: [10/13] The Great Radium Mystery (Cast: Countess Nada ), Directed by Robert Broadwell, Robert F. Hill, with Bob Reeves, Eileen Sedgwick,
1919: [09/00] The Girl from Nowhere (Cast: Gal), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, with Wilfred Lucas, Frank Brownlee,
1918: [10.13] The Romance of Tarzan (Cast: La Belle Odine, Tänzerin), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, with Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, Thomas Jefferson,
1918: [09.07] The Flame of the West (Cast), Directed by William V. Mong, with Louis M. Wells, Charles Gunn,
1917: [08.02] The Woman Who Would Not Pay (Retribution (Working title)) (Cast: Duane Lovett), Directed by Ruth Ann Baldwin, with Frank Whitson, Bertram Grassby,
1917: [07.19] The Web (Cast), Directed by George Cochrane, with George C. Pearce, , Gretchen Lederer,
1917: [04.19] The Sorceress (Cast), Directed by N. N., with Herbert Rawlinson,
1917: [03.03] The Girl Who Lost (Cast: Mary), Directed by George Cochrane, with Roberta Wilson, Molly Malone,
1917: [01.01] Black Orchids (The fatal Orchids, Flowers of Doom, The Crystal (Working title)) (Cast: Zoraïde - Prologue: Marie de Severac), Directed by Rex Ingram, with Francis McDonald, Wedgwood Nowell,
1916: [10.09] The Chalice of Sorrow (The Fatal Promise, The Crystal (Working title), A Reincarnation of Tosca, The Cup of Bitterness) (Cast: Lorelei), Directed by Rex Ingram, with Wedgwood Nowell, ,
1916: [09.24] To Another Woman (Director), Directed by William V. Mong, with William V. Mong, Edward Hearn,
1916: [08.24] The Cad (Cast), Directed by Raymond L. Schrock, with Joe King,
1916: [09.07] Triumph of Truth (Director), with Tom Chatterton, Jack Abbott,
1916: [08.12] Along the Malibu (The Guilty One) (Director), with William V. Mong, Louis M. Wells,
1916: [08.05] The Girl in Lower 9 (Tillie, the Little Swede) (Director), Directed by William V. Mong, with William V. Mong, Charles Gunn,
1916: [07.27] Priscilla's Prisoner (Priscilla (Working title)) (Director), Directed by William V. Mong, with Charles Gunn, Ray Hanford,
1916: [07.29] Cross Purposes (Cast), Directed by William Worthington, with Jack Connolly, ,
1916: [07.09] A Dead Yesterday (Cast), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Hobart Henley, Jean Hathaway,
1916: [07/16] The Crimson Yoke (Director), Directed by William V. Mong, with Jack Mulhall, William V. Mong,
1916: [06.08] Alias Jane Jones (Director), with William V. Mong, Ray Hanford,
1916: [06.14] When the Wolf Howls (Director), with William V. Mong, Bertram Grassby,
1916: [05.15] Virginia (Director), with Margaret Whistler, Ray Hanford,
1916: [04.24] Eleanor's Catch (Director), with Lule Warrenton, William V. Mong,
1916: [04.17] Her Bitter Cup (A Heart's Crucible) (Cast: Rethna), Directed by Joe King, with Adele Farrington, William V. Mong,
1916: [01.24] A Soul Enslaved (Director), with Tom Chatterton, Douglas Gerrard,
1916: [01.07] Her Defiance (Director), Directed by Joe King, with , Edward Hearn,
1916: [01.03] His Return (Director), with , ,
1915: [12.03] The Power of Fascination (Director), with Jack Holt, Tom Chatterton,
1915: [11.20] The Ring of Destiny (Director), with Joe King, Hoot Gibson,
1915: [11.14] Liquid Dynamite (Director), with Tom Chatterton, Jack Abbott,
1915: [10.17] A Mother's Atonement (Cast: Alice / Jen Morrison ), Directed by Joseph De Grasse, with Lon Chaney, Arthur Shirley,
1915: [10.02] Alas and Alack (Cast: Jess, the Fishermaid / The Mermaid), Directed by Joseph De Grasse, with Lon Chaney, Arthur Shirley,
1915: [09/16] Fascination of the Fleur de Lis (Cast: Lisette), Directed by Joseph De Grasse, with Arthur Shirley, Lon Chaney,
1915: [09.12] Agnes Kempler's Sacrifice (Cast: Agnes Kempler ), Directed by Hobart Henley, with Hobart Henley, Jean Hathaway,
1915: [09/11] The Pine's Revenge (Cast: Grace Milton ), Directed by Joseph De Grasse, with Arthur Shirley, Lon Chaney,
1915: [08.16] Extravagance (Cast), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Hobart Henley, Adele Farrington,
1915: [08.14] A Fiery Introduction (Cast: Nora King), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with S.J. Bingham, Ray Hanford,
1915: [07.20] The Flight of a Night Bird (The Ways of Men (Working title), The Ways of a Man (Working title)) (Cast: Katherine Weaver ), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Hobart Henley, Ray Hanford,
1915: [07.06] The People of the Pit (Cast: Hilda Fuller ), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Joe King, Ray Hanford,
1915: [07/03] Jane's Declaration of Independence (Cast), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Hobart Henley, Agnes Vernon, Frank MacQuarrie,
1915: [05/22] Alias Holland Jimmy (Cast), Directed by William V. Mong, with William V. Mong,
1915: [05.12] The Dancer (Cast: Stella), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Charles Giblyn, Joe King,
1915: [04/28] The Faith of Her Fathers (Cast: Bertha Tamor), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with , Joe King,
1915: [04.20] The Whirling Disk (Cast: Aida Dale), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Joe King, Ray Hanford,
1915: [04.13] A Wild Irish Rose (Cast: Rose Farley ), Directed by Charles Giblyn, with Joe King, Mae Talbot,
1915: [03.30] The Duchess (Cast: Nora Delaney aka The Duchess of Ballyhinch ), Directed by W.T. McCulley, with Joe King, Wilbur Higby,
1915: [03.23] The Human Menace (Cast: Zoe Wharton), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, with Joe King, Edward Sloman,
1915: [03.20] The Mother Instinct (Cast: Marion Summers ), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, with Joe King, Bess Meredyth,
1915: [03/13] Diana of Eagle Mountain (Cast), Directed by W.T. McCulley, with Ray Hanford, Joe King,
1915: [03.02] Their Hour (Cast: Mrs. Davis), Directed by N. N., with Joe King, Edward Sloman,
1915: [02.23] Haunted Hearts (Cast: Rose Lane), Directed by W.T. McCulley, with Joe King, Edward Sloman,
1915: [01.30] The Mystery Woman (Cast: Berta - the Mystery Woman), Directed by Edward Sloman, with Joe King, Edward Sloman,
1915: [01.09] A Woman's Debt (Cast: Thelma Morrison ), Directed by N. N., with Joe King, Edward Sloman,
1915: [01/03] The Sin of Olga Brandt (Cast), Directed by Joseph De Grasse, with Pauline Bush, William C. Dowlan, Lon Chaney,
1914: [11.28] The Master Key (Cast), Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, with Robert Z. Leonard, Ella Hall, Harry Carter,
1914: [11.23] Damon and Pythias (Cast: Hermione), Directed by Otis Turner, with William Worthington, Herbert Rawlinson,
1914: [08.04] The Trey o' Hearts (Cast: Rose Trine / Judith Trine), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, Henry MacRae, with George Larkin, Edward Sloman,
1914: [07.28] The Love Victorious (Cast: The Woman ), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, with George Larkin, Ray Hanford,
1914: [07.17] The Severed Hand (Cast: Nan Dawson ), Directed by Wilfred Lucas, with George Larkin, ,
1914: [07.10] The Great Universal Mystery (Cast: Cleo Madison), Directed by Allan Dwan, with William C. Dowlan, Herbert Brenon, Fred J. Balshofer,
1914: [06.26] The Mystery of Wickham Hall (Cast: Nadine), Directed by N. N., with , ,
1914: [05.29] The Feud (The Last of Their Race) (Cast: Margot Cameron ), Directed by N. N., with George Larkin, ,
1914: [05.16] The Hills of Silence (Cast: Miss Reed ), Directed by N. N., with , Frank Lanning,
1914: [04.30] Samson (Cast: Jamin, the Philistine), Directed by J. Farrell MacDonald, with J. Warren Kerrigan, George Periolat, Lule Warrenton,
1914: [04.11] Dolores D'Arada, Lady of Sorrow (Cast: Dolores D'Arada ), Directed by N. N., with Ray Hanford, ,
1914: [04.06] Scooped by Cupid (Cast: Mabel), Directed by N. N., with J. Warren Kerrigan, ,
1914: [03.30] Sealed Orders (Cast: Karie), Directed by N. N., with J. Warren Kerrigan, Marc Robbins,
1914: [03.23] The Strenuous Life (Cast: Jennie Beggles - the Country Girl ), Directed by Allen Curtis, with George Larkin, William Dale,
1914: [03.22] The Balance (Cast: The Woman ), Directed by N. N., with J. Warren Kerrigan,
1914: [03.16] The Acid Test (Cast: The Railroad Magnate's Daughter ), Directed by N. N., with J. Warren Kerrigan, George Periolat,
1914: [03.11] The Mexican's Last Raid (Cast: The Storekeeper's Daughter ), Directed by Frank Lloyd, with Frank Lloyd, J. Farrell MacDonald,
1914: [03.09] Hearts and Flowers (Cast), Directed by N. N., with J. Warren Kerrigan, Edith Bostwick,
1914: [03.02] The Man Between (Cast), Directed by N. N., with J. Warren Kerrigan, Rose Gibbons,
1914: [02.14] Unjustly Accused (Cast: Mary), Directed by David M. Hartford, with David M. Hartford, Frank Lloyd,
1914: [02.14] The Law of His Kind (Cast), Directed by Frank Lloyd, with Herbert Rawlinson, Rex de Rosselli,
1914: [01.07] The Deadline (Cast: Mabel Jones ), Directed by David M. Hartford, with Allan Forrest, David M. Hartford, Frank Lloyd,
1914: [01.03] The Gambler's Oath (Dave Harding's Last Game (Working title)) (Cast: Nell), Directed by David M. Hartford, with David M. Hartford, Vester Pegg,
1913: [12.30] The Buccaneers (Cast: The Governor's Daughter ), Directed by Otis Turner, with David M. Hartford, Frank Lloyd,
1913: [12.05] Cross Purposes (Cast: Cleo), Directed by Wallace Reid, Willis Robards, with Wallace Reid, James Neill,
1913: [12.02] Under the Black Flag (Cast), Directed by Otis Turner, with David M. Hartford, Frank Lloyd,
1913: [11/07] The Heart of a Cracksman (Cast), Directed by Wallace Reid, Willis Robards, with Wallace Reid, James Neill,
1913: [11.04] Captain Kid (Cast: Peggy - Kidd's Sweetheart ), Directed by Otis Turner, with David M. Hartford, Howard C. Hickman,
1913: [10/11] His Pal's Request (Cast), Directed by N. N.,
1913: [10/09] Shadows of Life (Cast), Directed by Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber, with Lois Weber, Rupert Julian,
1913: [10.03] The Trap (Cast: Cleo), Directed by Edwin August, with , Pauline Bush,
1912: [12.27] A Business Buccaneer (Cast), Directed by N. N., with Tom Moore, Alice Joyce, Earle Foxe,

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