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Vivian Martin - before Alfred Cheney Johnston photographed her_profdash
by David for group historicalziegfeld Jun 17, 2012

Recently I've stumbled upon a cache of unpublished photographs taken between 1905 and 1908 by two New York Studios presenting blonde comedian and silent film actress Vivian Martin. These were all taken a decade before Alfred Cheney Johnston, on contract from Goldwyn pictures, shot his famous series of images in 1919-20. During this early period Vivian was transitioning out of child roles to ingenue fare. She was working as a member of Lew Fields wild and wooly company of musical theater comedians. The earliest of these images bears a 1905 date, but the five other pictures by Jonathan or Ernest Burrow of Sarony Studio must have been taken before 1908 when Sarony phased out its cabinet card trade. Three of the images have never been published. In 1914 Martin made an impression with the Broadway production of "The High Cost of Loving," and was signed as an access with World Pictures--her initial production was one of the very finest movies produced in 1914, "The Wishing Ring" directed by the brilliant Maurice Tourneur. Her film career lasted until 1921 when she returned tot he stage. Profdash

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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    I'm currently unable to locate one of the lovely photos David originally posted in this album: Sarony-ViviantMartin-6. If anyone out there can add it that would be great.

    Thanks,
    jane
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