Charles J. Brabin

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Charles J. Brabin

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Death: November 3, 1957 (75)
Santa Monica, CA, United States
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Husband of Theda Bara

Managed by: Laura Elizabeth McLean
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About Charles J. Brabin

Charles J. Brabin was an American film director and screenwriter.

Born in Liverpool, England, he was educated at St. Francis Xavier College. Brabin sailed to New York City in the early 1900s and, while holding down odd jobs there, he tried his hand as a stage actor. He joined the Edison Manufacturing Company around 1908, first acting, later writing and directing. He was active during the silent era, then pursued a short-lived career in talkies. His last film was A Wicked Woman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934.

Brabin married his first wife socialite Susan "Susette" Jane Mosher, a silent movie actress and daughter of Edwin Howard Mosher and Jenny Slater Mosher of New York City. They wed Dec. 14, 1913, at Bedford Congregational Church in the Bronx, shortly after Brabin returned from a trip to England and Europe. Brabin's best friend, screen actor Marc MacDermott, served as best man. Charles and Susan Brabin remained married for seven years.

Brabin later wed silent-film "vamp" star Theda Bara July 2, 1921, remaining married to her until her death from abdominal cancer in April 1955 and becoming one of the rare long-lasting Hollywood marriages.

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April 17, 1882
Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
November 3, 1957
Age 75
Santa Monica, CA, United States