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Lois Weber

Born: Jun 13, 1879

Death: Nov 13, 1939

Birthplace: Allegheny

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Lois Weber

Date of Birth : Jun 13, 1879
Date of Death : Nov 13, 1939
Birth Place : Allegheny

Lois Weber was an American silent film actress, screenwriter, producer, and director, who is considered "the most important female director the American film industry has known", and "one of the most important and prolific film directors in the era of silent films". Film historian Anthony Slide asserts that: "Along with D.W. Griffith, Lois Weber was the American cinema's first genuine auteur, a filmmaker involved in all aspects of production and one who utilized the motion picture to put across her own ideas and philosophies." Weber produced an oeuvre comparable to Griffith in both quantity and quality, and brought to the screen her concerns for humanity and social justice in an estimated 200 to 400 films, of which as few as twenty have been preserved, and has been credited by IMDb with directing 135 films, writing 114, and acting in 100. Weber was "one of the first directors to come to the attention of the censors in Hollywood's early years". Weber has been credited as pioneering the use of the split screen technique to show simultaneous action in her 1913 film Suspense.

Profession


  • Actor
  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director

Also known as


  • Florence Pietz
  • Florence Lois Weber
  • Mrs. Phillips Smalley

Parents


  • Mary Matilda Snaman
  • George Weber

Spouse


  • Phillips Smalley
  • Harry Gantz

Children


  • Phoebe Smalley
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