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Alice Lake

Alice Lake, 1921
Born September 12, 1895(1895-09-12)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died November 15, 1967 (aged 72)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1912–1936
Spouse(s) Robert Williams (m. 1925–1925) «start: (1925)–end+1: (1926)»"Marriage: Robert Williams to Alice Lake" Location: (linkback:

Alice Lake (September 12, 1895 – November 15, 1967) was an American film actress. She began her career during the silent film era and often appeared in comedy shorts opposite Roscoe Arbuckle.



Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lake began her career as a dancer.[1] She made her screen debut was in 1912, and she appeared in a number of comedy shorts by Mack Sennett. Lake was often the leading lady of Roscoe Arbuckle in comedies like Oh Doctor! (1917) and The Cook (1918). Arbuckle directed both films and was joined by Buster Keaton who had a leading role Oh Doctor.

Lake also played dramatic roles with Bert Lytell in Blackie's Redemption and The Lion's Den, both from 1919. During the 1920s she appeared in a number of Metro silent film features as the lead actress. At the height of her career she earned $1,200 per week as a motion picture actress. Lake had only limited success in dramatic roles. Following the introduction of talkies, her parts in films began to wane and she only performed in supporting roles. Her last appearance in film was in 1935 with a bit part in Frisco Kid. In all her screen credits numbered ninety-six.

Personal life

In March 1925, Lake married fellow actor Robert Williams, but they were divorced in 1926. The couple separated and reunited three times before they made a permanent break. Williams was a vaudeville performer who had appeared in a number of stage plays. He was previously married to singer Marion Harris.


Lake died of a heart attack at Paradise Sanitarium in Hollywood, California. She was 71. She is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Alice Lake has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1620 Vine Street.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1916 The Moonshiners Lady Jocelyn
The Waiters' Ball A Fair Customer
A Creampuff Romance Alternative title: His Alibi
1917 The Butcher Boy Uncredited
A Reckless Romeo Wife Alternative title: A Creampuff Romance
The Rough House Mrs. Rough
His Wedding Night
The Texas Sphinx
Coney Island Undetermined Role Uncredited
A Country Hero Schoolteacher
1918 Out West Salvation Army Woman Alternative title: The Sheriff
The Bell Boy Cutie Cuticle, manicurist
Moonshine Moonshiner's Daughter
Good Night, Nurse! Crazy Woman
1919 Camping Out
A Desert Hero
1920 The Garage Undetermined Role Uncredited
1922 I Am the Law Joan Cameron
1923 The Unknown Purple Jewel Marchmont
1934 The Girl from Missouri Paige's Manicurist Uncredited
Babes in Toyland Townswoman Uncredited
1935 Frisco Kid Undetermined Role Uncredited


  1. ^ Oderman, Stuart (2005). Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: A Biography Of The Silent Film Comedian, 1887-1933. McFarland. pp. 88. ISBN 0-786-42277-7.  


  • Los Angeles Times, "Another Romance Of Films On Rocks", March 16, 1925, Page 20.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Ex-Actress Alice Lake Dies at 71", November 17, 1967, Page 29.

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