Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Herveys in:
 • Artists Cemetery
 • Woodstock
 • Ulster County
 • New York
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Advertisement
Wilna "Willie" Hervey
Birth: Oct. 3, 1894
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 6, 1979
Manatee
Manatee County
Florida, USA

Actress, Artist. She appeared in a number of silent films, most notably the "Toonerville Trolley" comedies made by the Betzwood Film Company in Pennsylvania in 1920. At 6'3" and weighing nearly 300 pounds, she was perfect in the role of "Powerful Katrinka," one of the most popular characters of the "Toonerville" film series. She came from a very wealthy family and when her movie career ended in 1922, she purchased a farm in Bearsville, New York, near Woodstock and lived there with her life partner, Nan Mason, for most of the rest of her life. As an artist, Wilna Hervey is best remembered for tiny exquisite enamel paintings done in a technique she pioneered. "I'm a big woman, but I want my pictures to be small," she was fond of saying. Her partner, Nan Mason was also an artist, concentrating on painting and photography. Both "Willie" and Nan became beloved members of the artists community that was centered in Woodstock. Well known for their eccentricities, their generosity, and the wild parties they threw, Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason are still fondly remembered in Woodstock today. (bio by: Joe Eckhardt) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Russell Hervey (1856 - 1925)
 
Burial:
Artists Cemetery
Woodstock
Ulster County
New York, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joe Eckhardt
Record added: Nov 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62359323
Wilna Willie Hervey
Added by: Ron Moody
 
Wilna Willie Hervey
Added by: Joe Eckhardt
 
Wilna Willie Hervey
Added by: Joe Eckhardt
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Robert David Miller
 Added: Jun. 11, 2015
Very Interesting life..nice to know you were part of our family!
- Ron & Cristy Sheehan
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015

- SLGMSD
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015
There are 49 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 29 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service