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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    This seller, Ruth, told me earlier that this Fairbanks Twins archive includes correspondence and other paper items that she'll be listing on ebay soon too. If anyone is interested in what might be included say something and I'll try to find out what besides letters and when.

    Just FYI.
    jane

Updated 9-03: Now 99 cent Auctions Fairbanks Twins Photos Plus ebay Ruth's Collectibles_jane 29 August 2013

Looks like a family or friend of the Fairbanks Twins collection of items. Lots of photos and some scrapbook pages and all are Buy It Now or Best Offer. There are 3 ACJ photos still listed but not signed or stamped. I already asked. I've added "ACJ" to them in the filenames below. I bought some with Best Offer and thought I'd give a heads up since such things turn up so
rarely. She answers questions almost immediately so ask anything you want to know before buying, more about condition, backs of photos, etc.

Really nice, helpful seller: http://www.ebay.com/sch/schnobbly/m.html

Just search for Fairbanks. She is still listing and has lots more so on your toes. I'm going to take a nap.

Pics below are from her listings, current and sold, as of 2:45 ... whatever time zone they use in Arizona. Mountain? Twilight?

From her listings:

Born in New York, the twins were mainly educated by private tutors at home and while traveling. Their mother was actress Jennie M. Fairbanks, a.k.a. Jane Fairbanks, and their father was the son of Nathaniel Fairbanks, who served in the American Civil War, and a descendant of Jonathan Fairbanks, a Massachusetts hero of the Revolution. Madeline and Marion had an older brother, Robert.

Career
The twins began their career on the stage in such productions as Alias Jimmy Valentine, Mother, Salomy Jane, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, and countless others. Starting in 1909 they performed with Nora Bayes in The Jolly Bachelors. Madeline wrote a note to President William Howard Taft, who received the twins at a private reception when they performed in Washington, D.C.. After the meeting, he presented them with an autographed picture. At first Marion desired to be an emotional actress while Madeline aspired to be a comedian. They entered films with Biograph circa 1910. They joined the "Thanhouser Film Corporation in 1912, where they were billed as "The Thanhouser Twins", and remained there until 1916. The Fairbanks sisters appeared with Teddie Gerard in the cast of the Florenz Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic in August 1920. In 1923, Madeline decided to pursue dramatic roles, while Marion continued in musical revues, touring in the title role with the "Little Nellie Kelly company". Madeline landed roles in Mercenary Mary, The Grab Bag, and The Ritz Revue. By 1924, the girls had felt their separation too keenly, and they rejoined on stage in George White's Scandals, followed in early 1927 by parts in Oh, Kay.

Later years
By 1932, Marion was on stage separately at the Waldorf Theatre, New York City. She succeeded Eleanor King as leading lady in Whistling in the Dark. 1930s news accounts reported that she operated a beauty parlor and directed a branch of a cosmetics manufacturer. In her later years she knew much unhappiness and struggled with the temptations of alcohol.

Deaths
Marion Fairbanks died in Georgia in the mid-1970s. Her name was then Marion Fairbanks Delph. Childless, she had no survivors. Madeline married Leonard Sherman in 1937. The union ended in divorce in 1947. She lived in New York until early 1989, where she died of respiratory failure.

 

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