Viola Allen

Viola Allen

Infobox actor
name = Viola Allen

birthdate = birth date|1869|10|12|df=y
birthplace = Huntsville, Alabama U.S.
deathdate = death date and age|1948|5|9|1869|10|12
deathplace = New York City, New York U.S.
occupation = Film, stage actress
yearsactive = 1882-1919
spouse = Peter C. Duryea (1905-1944) (his death)

Viola Emily Allen (October 27, 1869May 9, 1948) was an American silent film and theater actress.


Allen was born in Huntsville, Alabama, the daughter of actor C. Leslie Allen. With her family involved with theatre, she had her first stage appearance at the age of 14 in New York City. She acted in "The Masqueraders", "Under the Red Robe", "The Christian", "In the Palace of the King" (1900), "Twelfth Night", "A Winter's Tale", "As You Like It", "The Lady of Coventry" (1911), and others.

Allen was educated in Boston, Toronto and New York. Between the years of 1884 and 1886 she performed in a variety of modern and Shakespearean plays. She performed with the best-known 19th century actors. She is best remembered for her roles in "Shenandoah" (by Bronson Howard) and "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (by Frances Eliza Burnett).

She starred in the 1915 silent film "The White Sister", along with Richard Travers. The film was produced by the Essanay Studios. She was married to Peter Duryea. Her last professional appearance was in 1918, at a benefit supporting war relief. Viola remained in active support of the charitable and theatrical organizations.

She died in New York City, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York.


* "The Scales of Justice" (1914)
* "The White Sister" (1915)
* "Open Your Eyes" (1919)


* L. C. Strang, "Famous Actresses of the Day in America", (Boston, 1899)
* J. B. Clapp and E. F. Edgett, "Players of the Present", (New York, 1899)

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NAME=Allen, Viola
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American actress
DATE OF BIRTH=October 27, 1869
PLACE OF BIRTH=Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
DATE OF DEATH=May 9, 1948
PLACE OF DEATH=New York City, New York, USA

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