Colleen Moore: An Iconic Flapper On The Silver Screen
Colleen Moore, a prolific star of the silent era, was born on August 19, 1899, although she claimed her birthdate was 1902. During her early years, she lived in several different locations, including Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, where her family settled in 1911. Her time with her extended family during the summers would prove to set her career in motion. Her family stayed in Chicago during the summers with her aunt Elizabeth Howey, whose husband, Walter Howey, worked as the managing editor of the Chicago Examiner.
The Howey residence was near the Northwestern L; Essanay Studios, an early film studio that was best known for a series of Charlie Chaplin films, was within walking distance of the L. It was here that she got her start in film at the age of 15 when her uncle arranged a screen test with the director D.W. Griffith, who was indebted to Howey for helping him to get Birth of a Nation and Intolerance past the censorship board. She signed with Griffith’s Triangle-Fine Arts and went to Hollywood in 1917, after the screen test, which had been arranged to make sure that her heterochromia (her eyes were two different colors) would not be problematic in close-up shots.