Gladys Hulette was born July 21, 1896, in Arcade, NY.
Her mother was an opera star, and by the age of three she was
acting on the stage. Some of her stage appearances in the early
1900's include"Sappho and Phaon," "Romeo and Juliet,"
"The Smoke Fairy," "Blue Bird," and "Little
Women." From 1908 to 1915 she was working regularly for Edison,
during a time when it was beneath a stage actress' dignity to
appear in motion pictures. In the late teens, she worked for Thanhouse
and then some forgettable companies such as Astra and Gibralter
before getting her most famouse role as Esther Hatburn opposite
Richard Barthelmess in the hit "Tol'able David" (1921).
She continued to be in demand during the twenties making over
30 more pictures after "Tol'able David." After 1928
and the advent of sound, she disappeared from the screen returning
in 1933 to make two pictures and two more in 1934. She has uncredited
roles in three of these four movies. Hulette had married her producer's
son, William Parke, Jr., in 1917, but they divorced in 1924. She
was an accomplished artist and at one time worked as a ticket
seller at Radio City Music Hall. She died in Montebello, CA, in
1991 at age 95.
Selected films of this star available for viewing:
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