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Eugenie Besserer (1868–1934)

Eugenie Besserer was born in Watertown, New York on Christmas Day of 1868. She was largely a silent film actress who made her debut in 1910's silent version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910). She was 42 at the time. For the most part Eugenie was a character actress, much in demand for filling in roles. Because of her willingness to take just ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Jazz Singer Sara Rabinowitz
The Circle Lady Catherine 'Kitty' Cheney
Drums of Love Duchess de Alvia


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 1933 To the Last Man
Granny Spelvin
 1932 6 Hours to Live
The Marquisa (uncredited)
 1932 Scarface
Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
 1930 Du Barry, Woman of Passion
Rosalie / Prison Matron (uncredited)
 1930 In Gay Madrid
Doña Generosa (as Eugenia Besserer)
 1930 A Royal Romance
 1929 Seven Faces
Madame Vallon
 1929 Mister Antonio
Mrs. Jorny
 1929 Illusion
Mrs. Jacob Schmittlap
 1929 Fast Company
Mrs. Kane
 1929 Speedway
Mrs. MacDonald
 1929 Whispering Winds
Jim's Mother
 1929 Madame X
 1929 Thunderbolt
Mrs. Moran
 1928 A Lady of Chance
Mrs. Crandall
 1928 Lilac Time
Madame Berthelot
 1928 Yellow Lily
 1928 Two Lovers
Madame Van Rycke
 1928 Drums of Love
Duchess de Alvia
 1927 The Jazz Singer
Sara Rabinowitz
 1927 Slightly Used
Aunt Lydia
 1927 Captain Salvation
Mrs. Buxom
 1927 When a Man Loves
Landlady (uncredited)
 1927 The Night of Love
Gypsy (uncredited)
 1927 Wandering Girls
Mrs. Marston
 1926 Flesh and the Devil
Leo's Mother
 1926 The Fire Brigade
 1926 The Millionaire Policeman
Mrs. Gray
 1926 Winning the Futurity
Mary Allen
 1926 Kiki
Landlady (uncredited)
 1926 The Skyrocket
Wardrobe Mistress
 1925 Bright Lights
Patsy's Mother
 1925 Wandering Footsteps
Elizabeth Stuyvesant Whitney
 1925 The Circle
Lady Catherine 'Kitty' Cheney
 1925 The Coast of Folly
 1925 Confessions of a Queen
 1925 A Fool and His Money
 1924 The Price She Paid
Mrs. Elton Gower
 1924 Bread
Mrs. Sturgis
 1923 Enemies of Children
Mrs. Slavin
 1923 Anna Christie
 1923 The Rendezvous
 1923 Her Reputation
Madame Cervanez
 1923 The Lonely Road
Martha True
 1922 The Strangers' Banquet
Mrs. McPherson
 1922 June Madness
Mrs. Whitmore
 1922 The Hands of Nara
Mrs. Claveloux
 1922 Kindred of the Dust
Mrs. McKaye
 1922 Penrod
 1922 The Rosary
Widow Kathleen Wilson
 1921 Molly O'
Antonia Bacigalupi
 1921 The Sin of Martha Queed
Alicia Queed
 1921 Good Women
Mrs. Emmeline Shelby
 1921 The Breaking Point
Mrs. Janeway
 1920 What Happened to Rosa
Madame Yvette O'Donnell
 1920 The Scoffer
Boorman's Wife
 1920 45 Minutes from Broadway
Mrs. David Dean
 1920 Seeds of Vengeance
Judith Cree
 1920 Fickle Women
Mrs. Price
 1920 The Brand of Lopez
Señora Castillo
 1920 For the Soul of Rafael
Dona Luisa
 1920 The Gift Supreme
Martha Vinton
 1920 The Fighting Shepherdess
 1919 The Greatest Question
Mrs. Hilton
 1919 Scarlet Days
Mrs. Nell Winters aka Rosie Nell
 1919 Turning the Tables
Mrs. Feverill
 1918 Little Orphant Annie
Mrs. Goode
 1918 The Sea Flower
 1918 The Road Through the Dark
Aunt Julie
 1918 The Eyes of Julia Deep
Mrs. Lowe
 1918 A Hoosier Romance
The Squire's Wife
 1918 The Still Alarm
Undetermined Role
 1917 In After Years (Short)
Lucile Danvers
 1917 Who Shall Take My Life?
Mrs. Munroe
 1917 The Curse of Eve
The Mother
 1917 The Witness for the State (Short)
 1917 Her Salvation (Short)
Mame Ryan
 1917 The Friendship of Beaupere (Short)
Mother Lynn
 1917 Little Lost Sister
Mrs. Welcome
 1917 Beware of Strangers
Mary DeLacy
 1916 The Garden of Allah
Lady Rens
 1916 Twisted Trails (Short)
Martha, Housekeeper
 1916 The Crisis
Mrs. Brice
 1916 In the House of the Chief (Short)
Mme. Le Blanc
 1916 His Brother's Keeper (Short)
Mrs. Vantine AKA Kitty Coombs
 1916 The Old Man Who Tried to Grow Young (Short)
Mrs. Keene
 1916 The Sacrifice (Short)
Mrs. Warrington
 1916 The Temptation of Adam (Short)
Dorothy Blaine
 1916 The Woman Who Did Not Care (Short)
Mrs. Boyd
 1916 A Social Deception (Short)
Grace Elliott
 1916 The Grinning Skull (Short)
Mme. Ward Howe
 1916/I Thou Shalt Not Covet
My Wife
 1916 The Devil-in-Chief (Short)
Johann's Mistress
 1915 Just as I Am (Short)
 1915 The Bridge of Time (Short)
 1915 The Circular Staircase
Aunt Ray (as Miss Eugenie Besserer)
 1915 The Way of a Woman's Heart (Short)
Rose March aka Rosalind Ayre
 1915 The Melody of Doom (Short)
Zara the Adventuress
 1915 The Smouldering (Short)
Rachel St. John - Gerald's Mother
 1915 The Rosary
Widow Kelly
 1915 The Fortunes of Mariana (Short)
Northrup's Sister
 1915 Ingratitude of Liz Taylor (Short)
 1915 The Carpet from Bagdad
Mrs. Chedsoye
 1915 The Poetic Justice of Omar Khan (Short)
Neva Hyde
 1915 The Black Diamond (Short)
 1915 The Passer-By (Short)
Mrs. Thompson
 1915 The Vision of the Shepherd (Short)
Maggie Hunt
 1914 The Story of the Blood Red Rose (Short)
Queen of Urania
 1914 The Tragedy That Lived (Short)
Mary's Grandmother
 1914 Her Victory Eternal (Short)
Mrs. Tabor - the Society Queen
 1914 Hearts and Masks (Short)
Mrs. Hyphen-Bonds
 1914 A Just Punishment (Short)
Mrs. Preston - Bob's Wife
 1914 Ye Vengeful Vagabonds (Short)
Betsy Spratt - Peggy's Mother
 1914 The Man in Black (Short)
 1914 What Became of Jane? (Short)
Jane's Mother
 1914 When a Woman's 40 (Short)
Lucille Danvers
 1914 The Reporter on the Case (Short)
Mrs. Emery
 1914 His Fight (Short)
Mrs. Brant
 1914 Me an' Bill (Short)
 1914 When the Night Call Came (Short)
Nell Delaney
 1914 Judge Dunn's Decision (Short)
Mrs. Gregory
 1914 The Schooling of Mary Ann (Short)
 1914 The Game of Life (Short)
 1914 The Fire Jugglers (Short)
Mrs. Leavitt
 1914 The Salvation of Nance O'Shaughnessy (Short)
Mame Ryan
 1914 Elizabeth's Prayer (Short)
Hilda Crosby, An Unscrupulous Actress
 1914 Memories
Mary, Professor Scott's Sweetheart
 1914 A Splendid Sacrifice (Short)
Mrs. Vivian Clifford
 1913 The Mysterious Way (Short)
Mary Trenton
 1913 The Master of the Garden (Short)
Mrs. Harrington - Bessie's Mother
 1913 A Cure for Carelessness (Short)
Mrs. John Wise
 1913 Phantoms (Short)
Natalie Storm
 1913 The Probationer (Short)
 1913 Destiny of the Sea (Short)
Constance Strong
 1913 Only Five Years Old (Short)
 1913 Sissybelle (Short)
Mrs. Putnam - Percy's Mother
 1913 Fate Fashions a Letter (Short)
Mrs. Rand
 1913 The Acid Test (Short)
Mrs. Argonet
 1913 The Unseen Defense (Short)
Minerva Wingood
 1913 The Ne'er to Return Road (Short)
Mrs. Hansen - Chris' Mother
 1913 In God We Trust (Short)
Bill's Wife
 1913 The Fighting Lieutenant (Short)
The Countess
 1913 Woman: Past and Present (Short)
Grandmother America
 1913 A Flag of Two Wars (Short)
Mrs. John Reed
 1913 The Girl and the Judge (Short)
Mrs. Goff - the Judge's Wife
 1913 Wamba, a Child of the Jungle (Short)
Mrs. Rice
 1913 Indian Summer (Short)
 1913 The Tattle Battle (Short)
1st Mother
 1913 Lieutenant Jones (Short)
Mrs. Cartright
 1913 In the Days of Witchcraft (Short)
Lady Beresford
 1913 Dollar Down, Dollar a Week (Short)
Mrs. Sanger - the Aunt
 1913 Love Before Ten (Short)
Mrs. Walters
 1913 Diverging Paths (Short)
Lily and Rose's Mother
 1913 The Spanish Parrot Girl (Short)
Mrs. Avery
 1913 The Governor's Daughter (Short)
Mrs. Carey - Jim's Mother
 1913 The Miner's Justice (Short)
 1913 A Plain Girl's Love (Short)
Elizabeth Day - Martha's Mother
 1913 Greater Wealth (Short)
Mrs. John Sharon
 1912 The Last of Her Tribe (Short)
Neepah - Moquin's Squaw
 1912 The Millionaire Vagabonds (Short)
Mrs. Knobhill
 1912 Opitsah: Apache for Sweetheart (Short)
Mrs. McGuire - Jim's Mother
 1912 The Vintage of Fate (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed)
 1912 Old Songs and Memories (Short)
Nellie Laurence - the Old Lady
 1912 His Wedding Eve (Short)
Mrs. Ellis - Tom's Mother
 1912 Monte Cristo (Short)
 1912 The Pity of It (Short)
Mrs. Tom Morton
 1912/II Partners (Short)
 1912 The Substitute Model (Short)
Millicent Carr - the Substitute Model
 1912 The Indelible Stain (Short)
 1912 The Little Indian Martyr (Short)
Chiquito's Mother
 1912 In the Tents of the Asra (Short)
 1912 His Masterpiece (Short)
The Prima Donna
 1912 The Lake of Dreams (Short)
Madge Andrews
 1912 In Exile (Short)
Countess Romanoff
 1912 The Captain of the 'Nancy Lee' (Short)
Bess Johnson - the Captain's Daughter
 1912 A Child of the Wilderness (Short)
Tonoma - Joe's Protector
 1912 The Hand of Fate (Short)
Mrs. VanDuzen
 1912 The End of the Romance (Short)
Alice Gray
 1912 Me an' Bill (Short)
Kitty Somners
 1912 The Junior Officer (Short)
Ethel Temple - the Count's Wife
 1912 As Told by Princess Bess (Short)
Princess Bess (old)
 1912 The Danites (Short)
The Widowed Schoolteacher
 1912 Disillusioned (Short)
Miss Gary
 1912 Bunkie (Short)
Miss Ford - Brooks' Bethrothed
 1912 The Peacemaker (Short)
 1912 The Other Fellow (Short)
Mrs. Brown
 1912 The Cowboy's Adopted Child (Short)
Sarah Fowler
 1911 George Warrington's Escape (Short)
Madame Esmond Warrington
 1911 An Evil Power (Short)
Madame Celeste
 1911 The Bootlegger (Short)
Mrs. Fancher
 1911 Old Billy (Short)
Mrs. Marming - the Widow
 1911 In the Shadow of the Pines (Short)
Gordon's Mother
 1911 The Blacksmith's Love (Short)
Mary Brewer Saunders
 1911 The Regeneration of Apache Kid (Short)
Mrs. Dudley
 1911 Their Only Son (Short)
 1911 Slick's Romance (Short)
 1911 The Profligate (Short)
Pauline Revere - the Wronged Wife
 1911 It Happened in the West (Short)
 1911 The Craven Heart (Short)
Madame Dantes
 1911 One of Nature's Noblemen (Short)
Minnie Brown
 1911 Stability vs. Nobility (Short)
Bradley's 1st Daughter
 1911 The Still Alarm (Short)
Elinor Fordham
 1911 The Mother (Short)
The Governor's Daughter
 1910 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Short)
Aunt Em
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Alternate Names:

Eugenia Besserer | Miss Eugenie Besserer


5' 2" (1.57 m)

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According to _Moving Picture World,_ "At one time Miss Besserer was known as the champion woman fencer of the world".


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