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Rhea Mitchell

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Born December 10, 1890(1890-12-10)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died October 16, 1957 (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1912–1952

Rhea Mitchell (December 10, 1890 – September 16, 1957) was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. She earned the name of "the little stunt girl" because of her willingness to attempt thrilling scenes in motion pictures.



Mitchell began her career in 1909 playing in stock theatre in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She followed a season in vaudeville with a run at the Alcazar Theater in San Francisco. Mitchell made her film debut in 1912 and would eventually appear in over 100 films during her career. She appeared a number of times with Western star William S. Hart playing a leading role in those films. In 1916 she played in The Brink with Forrest Winant and Arthur Maude.

After 1917, her roles became smaller and she appeared in a handful of films through the mid-30s and in several bit parts during the early 1950s often which went uncredited.

Later years and death

After her retirement from films, Mitchell managed a large apartment house in Los Angeles. While managing a second apartment in 1957, the La Brea District Apartments, a disgruntled houseboy named Sonnie Hartford, Jr., strangled her with the sash-cord of her blue silk dressing gown.

Mitchell is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1912 The Hidden Trail
His Squaw
1913 An Indian's Gratitude
An Indian's Honor
1914 The Fires of Ambition Mrs. Patton
In the Southern Hills Nan Hopkins
1915 The Scourge of the Desert Ellen Holt Alternative title: Reformed Outlaw
The Diamond from the Sky
1916 Sequel to the Diamond from the Sky Esther Stanley
The Three Musketeers Constance Bonacieux
1917 The Gilded Youth Mary
Whither Thou Goest Maizie
1918 Honor's Cross Jane Cabot
The Goat Bijou Lamour
1919 The Money Corral Janet Collins
The Hawk's Trail Jean Drake
1920 The Devil's Claim Virginia Crosby
The Scoffer Alice Porn
1921 A Ridin' Romeo Mabel Brentwood
The Innocent Cheat Peggy Adair
1923 The Greatest Menace Mary Lewis
1924 The Other Kind of Love The Chorus Girl
1926 Modern Youth
1927 The Home Trail
1928 Danger Patrol Gladys Lawlor
1933 The Big Bluff
1934 Behold My Wife Reporter Uncredited
One Hour Late Stage mother Uncredited
1936 San Francisco Uncredited
Mysterious Crossing Hall clerk Uncredited
1938 The Ship That Died
1940 I Take This Woman Decker's Secretary Uncredited
1943 Harrigan's Kid Woman at Race Track Uncredited
The Cross of Lorraine Mother Uncredited
1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair Nurse Uncredited
Mrs. Parkington Mrs. Humphrey Uncredited
1945 The Hidden Eye Pedestrian Uncredited
1946 The Hoodlum Saint Reporter Uncredited
1947 The Mighty McGurk Woman at Childrens Society Uncredited
Green Dolphin Street Emily Uncredited
1948 The Bride Goes Wild Wedding Guest Uncredited
State of the Union Jeny Alternative title: The World and His Wife
1949 In the Good Old Summertime Woman at window Uncredited
1950 Stars In My Crown Mrs. Backett Uncredited
The Next Voice You Hear... Woman in church Uncredited
1951 The Unknown Man Maid Uncredited
It's a Big Country School teacher Uncredited
1952 My Man and I Nurse Uncredited
The Member of the Wedding Townswoman Uncredited


  • Janesville, Wisconsin Daily Gazette, "News Notes From Movieland", Wednesday, October 4, 1916, Page 6.
  • Long Beach, California Press-Telegram, "Find Actress Strangled In Home In L.A.", September 17, 1957, Page 1.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Ex-Actress Strangled", September 17, 1957, Page 38.
  • Marshfield, Wisconsin Times, "Unique Theater", April 26, 1916, Page 4.

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