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Jane Wolfe, the "Red Flame", at the Abbey of Thelema in Cefalù, Italy

Jane Wolfe (March 21, 1875 – March 29, 1958) was an American silent film character actress and Thelemite.

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Early Life and Film Career

A Pennsylvania Dutch, Wolfe was born in St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania. As a young girl she went to New York City to pursue a career in the theatre but soon became involved acting in the fledgling motion picture industry. She made her film debut in 1910 at the age of thirty-five with Kalem Studios in A Lad from Old Ireland under the direction of Sidney Olcott.

In 1911, Wolfe was part of the Kalem Company's crew in New York City who relocated to the company's new production facilities in Los Angeles, California. She went on to become one of the leading character actors of the decade, appearing in more than one hundred films including an important secondary role in the 1917 Mary Pickford film, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

Association with Aleister Crowley

In 1918, Jane Wolfe began corresponding with the English author and occultist Aleister Crowley, and two years later she gave up her career in Hollywood to join Crowley at his "Abbey of Thelema" at Cefalù, Sicily, living there from 1920 until it closed in 1923.

Wolfe is considered an important female figure in magick as, in addition to her friendship and work with Crowley, she took part in the founding of the Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis in southern California as well as being its lodge master.

After not appearing on screen for seventeen years, in 1937 Jane Wolfe had a small role in a B-movie Western named Under Strange Flags.[1]

Ouija

Wolfe used the Ouija board, and credited some of her greatest spiritual communications to the use of this implement. [2]

Death

Jane Wolfe died in Glendale, California in 1958.

Notes

  1. ^ IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029710/
  2. ^ Cornelius, J. Edward (2005). Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board. ISBN 1-932595-10-4

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