Flora Finch

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| birth_place = London, Englanddf=y01186717}} | death_place = Los Angeles, California| othername = | occupation = Actress| years_active = 1908–1939| spouse = Harold March (?–?)| domesticpartner = | website = }}Flora Finch (17 June 1867 – 4 January 1940) was an English-born vaudevillian, stage and film actress who starred in over 300 silent films, including over 200 for the Vitagraph Studios film company.

Life and career

(File:Aurora Theater (Lawrence, Kansas) advertising a John Bunny picture.jpg|thumb|left|Aurora Theater (Lawrence, Kansas) advertising a Vitagraph picture with John Bunny and Flora Finch)Finch was born into a music hall and travelling theatrical family in London and was taken to the United States as a young child. She kept up the family tradition and worked in theatre and the vaudeville circuit right up until her 30s.She had her first film roles at the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company starting in 1908. There she worked with Fatty Arbuckle, Mack Sennett (with whom she was romantically involved for a short time) and Charlie Chaplin amongst others.NEWS, First 'Ugly Ducking' of Silent Films, Flora Finch, Dies of Blood Poisoning,weblink The Indianapolis Star, subscription,, 5 January 1940, 11, File:Bessie Love and a costar in The Great Adventure (1918).jpg|thumb|With Bessie Love in The Great Adventure (1918)]]Starting in 1910 at Vitagraph, she was paired with John Bunny for the first of 160 very popular shorts made between 1910 and 1915. These shorts, known as "Bunnygraphs", "Bunnyfinches", and "Bunnyfinchgraphs", established Finch and Bunny as the first popular comedy team in films.NEWS, Flora Finch of Silent Movies Dies in Los Angeles Hospital,weblink Detroit Free Press, subscription,, 5 January 1940, 5, The duo became a short-lived trio, when Mabel Normand arrived at the studio.After Bunny's death in 1915 she continued to make comedy shorts, but with less success. She started her own production company in 1916,MAGAZINE, Flora Finch Has Own Company, The Moving Picture World, 23 December 1916, 1792,weblink NEWS, Floria Finch Dies: Age Interred With Bones,weblink The Minneapolis Star, subscription,, 5 January 1940, 22, and released a film with the company the following year,MAGAZINE, Flora Finch's First Fun Film, The Moving Picture World, 28 April 1917, 629,weblink but was never able to regain her popularity. One of her best-known roles in the later silent years was Aunt Susan in Paul Leni's The Cat and the Canary (1927).{{sfn|Klepper|2005|p=399}}(File:Flora Finch in Postal Inspector.jpg|thumb|In Postal Inspector (1936))She found film work in the sound era, but only in small supporting parts. The Scarlet Letter (1934) gave her one of her more substantial roles in sound films, and she had a cameo in one of Laurel and Hardy's best-known films Way Out West (1937). Her last film was The Women (1939).Most of her films are now lost.Flora Finch died at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles from blood poisoning. She was taken to the hospital after a streptococcus infection followed an accidental cut to her arm. The infection spread beyond control and the actress lapsed into a coma from bronchial pneumonia. At the time of her death, she was working as a stock player at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios.NEWS, Flora Finch, Star of Film Comedies, The New York Times, 5 January 1940, 23,

Partial filmography

(File:Flora Finch 1917.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Advertisement (1917))Sourcing: American Film Institute catalogue:WEB, AFI Catalog - Flora Finch,weblink American Film Institute,weblink 23 February 2018, live, {{div col|colwidth=20em}} {{div col end}}




  • BOOK, Klepper, Robert K., Silent films, 1877–1996 : a critical guide to 646 movies, 2005, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 978-0-7864-2164-0, harv,

Further reading

  • MAGAZINE, Flora Finch, of the Vitagraph Company, Motion Picture Story Magazine, November 1913, 109,weblink
  • MAGAZINE, Film Frolics Pictures to Produce Six Two-Reel Comedies Yearly Starring Flora Finch, The Moving Picture World, 7 August 1920, 719,weblink
  • MAGAZINE, Flora Finch 'No Extra', The Moving Picture World, 23 February 1924, 632,weblink
  • MAGAZINE, Flora Finch, Variety, 10 January 1940, 54,weblink

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