Lillian Cook ~ The Tragic Teenage Star

 Lillian Cook

Lillian Cook was a silent film actress who died at the young age of nineteen

She was born Lillian Agnes Cook on May 16, 1898 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. During her childhood her family moved to Cincinatti, Ohio. Lillian began acting on the stage when she was a teenager. She played the lead in Excuse Me and toured the country in Potash and Perlmutter. In 1914 she made her film debut in the drama Mother. The following year she was offered a contract at The World Film Company. Lillian was given a supporting role in the 1915 film Camille. Then she appeared in A Woman's Power and Betsy Ross with Alice Brady. Her performances got good reviews and her future seemed bright. While filming The Blue Bird in 1917 she had to wear a fairy costume with large wings. Unfortunately the costume was very heavy and it injured her spine. Soon after she came down with a severe case of tuberculosis. Sadly on March 14, 1918 she died from the disease at her home in New York City. She was only nineteen years old. Lillian was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinatti, Ohio Her final film, The Devil's Playground. was released three months after her death.

Lillian CookLillian Cook Alice Brady
                                                                                                                                           Lillian (right) with Alice Brady