About Alice Howell
Alice Howell (May 20, 1886-April 11, 1961), was a silent film comedy actress from New York City.
Early reviews of her movies describe her as the scream of the screen. One reviewer likened her to a "sort of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and Max Linder." All of this was compressed into "one more or less diminutive package of femininity." She was sometimes called "the girl Charlie Chaplin." she worked for Mack Sennett and later L-KO Kompany and her early comedies were often produced by Universal Pictures.
Among more than one hundred screen credits Howell made such motion pictures as Caught in a Cabaret (1914), Mabel and Fatty's Married Life (1915), Neptune's Naughty Daughter (1917), Green Trees (1924), and Madame Dynamite (1926). Her Bareback Career (1917) was the first of twelve two reel comedies for a new corporation which was formed to manufacture and distribute Alice Howell comedies.
In this era such female slapstick stars as Howell, Dorothy Devore, and Billie Rhodes were inhibited by second-rate films and the absence of genuine star buildup.
Howell's film career continued into the sound movie era with a role as a mute servant of the master murderer in the motion picture The Black Ace (1933).
Alice Howell died in Los Angeles, California in 1961.
Alice Howell was born on May 5, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA as Alice Clark. She is known for her work on Laughing Gas (1914), One Wet Night (1924) and Cinderella Cinders (1920). She was married to Richard Smith. She died on April 12, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Appeared in vaudeville in New York and on the road before moving to California to begin a film career with her friend from vaudeville, Mack Sennett.
Her second husband was the motion picture director, Richard Smith, with whom she earlier had a vaudeville act known as Howell and Howell. The name came about when they were asked to replace an act on the road called Howell and Howell and there was not time to change the billboards.
Mother of Yvonne Howell Stevens (1905- 2010), who married the director George Stevens and is the mother of George Stevens Jr. and the grandmother of Michael Stevens.
Stan Laurel considered her one of the ten greatest comediennes of all time.
Was a vaudeville performer in the early 1900's, also had a five year spell in burlesque shows after 1907. Started in Hollywood as an extra at Keystone, earning $6 a week. Gained a reputation as a lively, eccentric comedienne. Subsequently joined L-KO/Reelcraft, where she was given her own starring series of two-reel comedies. After the mid-1920's, worked variously at Universal, Selznick and First National. Now regarded as possibly one of the leading female exponents of physical comedy at the time.