Mary Hay <I>Caldwell</I> Hastings

Mary Hay Caldwell Hastings

Fort Bliss, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Death 4 Jun 1957 (aged 55)
Inverness, Marin County, California, USA
Burial Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 141776768 · View Source
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Actress and Dancer. An early star of the silent film era, she studied dance at Denishawn Studio in Los Angeles, and the Denishawn connection to D. W. Griffith led to a dancing role in Griffith’s 1918 film "Hearts of the World." Using the stage name Mary Hay and heeding Griffith's advice that stage experience would facilitate obtaining film roles, she joined the Ziegfeld Follies, where she appeared in comedy skits and dance routines. After the death of actress Clarine Seymour she took over Seymour’s part in the Griffith film "Way Down East," which led to her marrying the film's star, Richard Barthelmess. She appeared in two other films, "Eastward Ho" (1919) and "New Toys" (1925). She continued to appear regularly on stage, including roles in "Mary Jane McKane," "Sunny," and "Treasure Girl." She also formed a song and dance routine with actor Clifton Webb, which they regularly performed at supper clubs. After her divorce from Barthelmess she married businessman Vivian Bath, but they later divorced. In 1939 she married artist Richard Hastings, and they divorced in 1952. She was active in San Francisco theater productions before retiring to homes in Carrabelle, Florida and Inverness, California.

Bio by: Bill McKern

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  • Maintained by: Wayne & Janet (Proctor) Brawner
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 25 Jan 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 141776768
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Hay Caldwell Hastings (22 Aug 1901–4 Jun 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 141776768, citing Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Wayne & Janet (Proctor) Brawner (contributor 47163288) .