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Margaret Campbell
Born April 24, 1883(1883-04-24)
St. Louis, Missouri
Died June 27, 1939 (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Josef Swickard

Margaret Campbell (April 24, 1883 – June 27, 1939) was an American character actress in silent films.



Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Campbell had been the leading lady of the Bramhall Players and appeared on Broadway in revivals of Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice during the early 1910s. Later she followed her husband, German-born actor Josef Swickard, into films and was usually cast as rather grand ladies. She retired from the screen at the advent of sound.



In 1939, Campbell was murdered by her son; she was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with a hammer. The son was also charged with the murder of a Russian dancer, Anya Sosoyeva, who was bludgeoned to death, and the assault of actress Delia Bogard, who survived. Both attacks occurred on the Los Angeles City College campus.[1]


  • The Laundry Girl (1919)
  • The Price of Innocence (1919)
  • Please Get Married (1919)
  • Their Mutual Child (1920)
  • Notorious Miss Lisle (1920)
  • In the Heart of a Fool (1920)
  • Lying Lips (1921)
  • The Girl in the Taxi (1921)
  • Eden and Return (1921)
  • Don't Shoot (1922)
  • Top o' the Morning (1922)
  • Confidence (1922)
  • Legally Dead (1923)
  • The Clean-Up (1923)
  • His Mystery Girl (1923)
  • The Dangerous Blonde (1924)
  • The Fast Worker (1924)
  • The Home Maker (1925)
  • The Lady from Hell (1926)
  • Monte Carlo (1926)
  • The Better Man (1926)
  • Children of Divorce (1927)
  • Wages of Conscience (1927)
  • One Hysterical Night (1929)
  • Take the Heir (1930)


  • Kassa (1909)
  • Hamlet (1913)
  • The Merchant of Venice (1913)
  • Keeping Up Appearances (1917)
  • Difference in Gods (1917)
  • Keeping Up Appearances (1918)
  • The Silent Assertion (1918)
  • Lightnin' (1921)


  1. ^ "Crime". Time. 1939-09-11.,9171,711739,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-16.  

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