Biography

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Seena Owen (November 14, 1894 – August 15, 1966) was a Danish-American silent film actress. Born Signe Auen at Spokane, Washington, the youngest of three children raised by Jens Christensen and Karen (née Sorensen) Auen. Her father and mother came from Denmark in the late 1880s and settled in Minnesota where they married in 1888. Within a short period of time they relocated to Portland and then Spokane, where her father became proprietor of the Columbia Pharmacy. Her first important film was A Yankee From the West (1915) under the name Signe Auen at the age of 21. She was later convinced to change her name and settled on Seena Owen, the phonetic spelling of her real name. In 1916 she performed in D. W. Griffith's Intolerance. The same year she married George Walsh whom she had met on the set of Intolerance. The marriage lasted until their divorce in 1924. A regular player for the rest of the silent era, Owen appeared in films such as Maurice Tourneur's Victory in 1919 where she was photographed to great effect by Tourneur's cameraman, Rene Guissart. In 1920, she appeared in "The Gift Supreme" with Lon Chaney, who appeared with her in Victory. She co-starred with Gloria Swanson and Walter Byron in the ill-fated Queen Kelly (1928), as the mad Queen who whips Swanson in one scene. With the arrival of sound in movies, Owen's weak voice became a problem and forced her to retire from the silver screen in 1933. After her retirement, she worked on a number of films in the 1930s/40s as a screenwriter including two starring Dorothy Lamour: Aloma of the South Seas and Rainbow Island, both in 1941. The former was written in part with her sister, Lillie Hayward, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, Seena Owen died on August 15, 1966 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, aged 71, and was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

From Wikipedia

Seena Owen (November 14, 1894 – August 15, 1966) was a Danish-American silent film actress. Born Signe Auen at Spokane, Washington, the youngest of three children raised by Jens Christensen and Karen (née Sorensen) Auen. Her father and mother came from Denmark in the late 1880s and settled in Minnesota where they married in 1888. Within a short period of time they relocated to Portland and then Spokane, where her father became proprietor of the Columbia Pharmacy. Her first important film was A Yankee From the West (1915) under the name Signe Auen at the age of 21. She was later convinced to change her name and settled on Seena Owen, the phonetic spelling of her real name. In 1916 she performed in D. W. Griffith's Intolerance. The same year she married George Walsh whom she had met on the set of Intolerance. The marriage lasted until their divorce in 1924. A regular player for the rest of the silent era, Owen appeared in films such as Maurice Tourneur's Victory in 1919 where she was photographed to great effect by Tourneur's cameraman, Rene Guissart. In 1920, she appeared in "The Gift Supreme" with Lon Chaney, who appeared with her in Victory. She co-starred with Gloria Swanson and Walter Byron in the ill-fated Queen Kelly (1928), as the mad Queen who whips Swanson in one scene. With the arrival of sound in movies, Owen's weak voice became a problem and forced her to retire from the silver screen in 1933. After her retirement, she worked on a number of films in the 1930s/40s as a screenwriter including two starring Dorothy Lamour: Aloma of the South Seas and Rainbow Island, both in 1941. The former was written in part with her sister, Lillie Hayward, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, Seena Owen died on August 15, 1966 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, aged 71, and was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 29

Birthday 1894-11-14

Day of Death 1966-08-15

Place of Birth Spokane, Washington, USA

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Also Known As

  • Signe Auen

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1932 Officer Thirteen as Trixi Du Bray
1929 The Marriage Playground as Rose Sellers
1929 Queen Kelly as Queen Regina V
1928 The Blue Danube as Helena Boursch
1925 Faint Perfume
1924 The Great Well as Camilla Challenor
1923 Unseeing Eyes as Miriam Helston
1922 The Face in the Fog as Grand Duchess Tatiana
1922 Back Pay as Hester Bevins
1921 The Woman God Changed
1921 The Cheater Reformed as Carol McCall
1920 The Gift Supreme as Sylvia Alden
1919 Victory as Alma
1919 The Life Line
1919 The Fall of Babylon as Attarea
1919 Riders of Vengeance as The Girl
1919 A Man And His Money
1919 Breed of Men
1918 Branding Broadway as Mary Lee
1917 Madame Bo-Peep as Octavia
1917 A Woman's Awakening as Paula Letchworth
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages as Princess Beloved (Attarea) (Babylonian Story)
1916 Martha's Vindication as Dorothea
1915 The Lamb as Mary

Writing

1947 Carnegie Hall Story
1942 The Great Man's Lady Story
1941 Aloma of the South Seas Writer
1937 Thrill of a Lifetime Screenplay Story
1937 Clarence Screenplay

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