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Phyllis Haver
Born Phyllis O'Haver
January 6, 1899(1899-01-06)
Douglass, Kansas, U.S.
Died November 19, 1960 (aged 61)
Falls Village, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1915–1930
Spouse(s) William Seeman (1929-1945)

Phyllis Haver (January 6, 1899 – November 19, 1960) was an American actress of the silent film era.


Early life

She was born Phyllis Haver in Douglass, Kansas. When she was young, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, then a city of less than half a million people. Haver attended Los Angeles Polytechnic High. After graduating, she played piano to accompany the new silent films in local theaters.


Haver auditioned for comedy producer Mack Sennett on a whim. Sennett hired her as one of his original Bathing Beauties.[1] Within a few years, she appeared as a leading lady in two-reelers for Sennett Studios.

At the Sennett Studios, Haver played the part of Roxie Hart in the first film adaptation of Chicago in 1927, opposite Hungarian film actor Victor Varconi. One reviewer called her performance "astoundingly fine", and added that Haver "makes this combination of tragedy and comedy a most entertaining piece of work."

She performed in the 1928 comedy film The Battle of the Sexes, directed by D. W. Griffith. The next year, she appeared with Lon Chaney, Sr. in his last silent film, Thunder.

Haver retired from the industry with two 'sound' films to her credit.

Personal life

She married millionaire William Seeman with a service performed by New York Mayor James J. Walker [2] at the home of Rube Goldberg, the cartoonist. The couple divorced in 1945.


Haver retired in Sharon, Connecticut. She died at age 60 from an overdose of barbiturates in 1960, a suspected suicide[3] Haver left no survivors.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Phyllis Haver, Actress, dies UPI. The Pittsburgh Press - Nov 21, 1960
  2. ^ Death Comes to Silent Star, Phyllis Haver AP. The Milwaukee Journal - Nov 21, 1960.
  3. ^ Kansas Silent Film Star Phyllis Haver is Dead AP. Lawrence Journal-World - Nov 21, 1960

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