Katherine Lewis ~ The Silent Ingenue

Katherine Lewis

Katherine Lewis was a beautiful silent screen starlet who left Hollywood behind.

She was born on November 6, 1899 in Newark, New Jersey. Katherine was signed by Vitagraph at the age of thirteen and made her film debut in the 1914 comedy The Knight Before Christmas. For the next several years she was given only bit parts. Then in 1918 she played Alice Joyce's sister in The Women Between Friends. She started working for producer Al Christie in 1919. Katherine appeared in numerous comedies including Mary Moves In, Saving Sister Susie, and Rowdy Ann with Fay Tincher. The pretty blue-eyed actress was usually cast as an ingenue. By 1922 her career had stalled and she decided to quit acting.

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Her final film was the short comedy Chop Suey with Dorothy Devore. Katherine and her mother, Jane Lewis, opened a store in Hollywood where they rented costumes to actresses. She married Broadway actor David Newell in 1935 and became a housewife. The couple had two daughters - Cynthia Ann and Susan Jessie. Sadly in the Spring of 1948 she entered a San Fernando sanitarium suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. Katherine spent sixteen months in the sanitarium but she did not recover. On August 25, 1949 she died from tuberculosis at the age of forty-nine. She was buried at Valhalla cemetery in Los Angeles, California,



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