About Frances Starr "Movie Star" (Coffin)
Frances Starr Born June 6, 1886 Oneonta, New York Died June 11, 1973 Occupation Actress Years active 1901 - 1955 Spouse Haskell Coffin Robert G. Donaldson Emil C. Wetten
Frances Starr was a stage, film and television actress. Primarily a stage actress in her early life, her film roles were few and far between. Her strawberry blond good looks stood out and landed her plum stage roles. She started in plays in 1901 in an Albany stock company in which Lionel Barrymore and Alison Skipworth were also members. She signed with David Belasco in 1906 and appeared in a small role with David Warfield in The Music Master. In November 1906 she appeared along with another young actress, Jane Cowl, in The Rose of the Rancho. Starr achieved her breakout stage role in 1909 in Belasco's production of The Easiest Way. Starr continued to have a string of successes such as The Case of Becky and Shore Leave . Several of the plays she starred in were turned into early silent films often by Famous Players-Lasky. She possibly appeared in one silent film in 1923. She delivered a standout role as the wronged mother in the early talkie about newspaper corruption Five Star Final, her second of only three talkies. Lastly she appeared in This Reckless Age with Buddy Rogers and Richard Bennett. The film was sort of a rival to MGM's This Modern Age with Joan Crawford and Pauline Frederick. In the 1950s Starr appeared on the Kraft, Omnibus and Philco programs of early network television. Frances Starr died on June 11, 1973 aged 87.