Actress. A star of the silent film era, she will be best remembered for her roles credited as 'Vedah Fowler,' 'Vedah Craig,' 'Vedah Gregg,' 'Vedah Powers,' 'Vedah Stevens,' 'Vedah Morley,' 'Vedah Barclay,' and 'Vedah Trent,' in several silent western short films with actor and comedian Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson including, "Under Mexican Skies" (1912). She was born one of two children (she also had a brother, Jerome Jr., who would later become a prominent New York City attorney, and later a half-brother Jerome Raymond after his father remarried following her mother's death in 1907), as Adele Buck to the prominent wealthy newspaper publisher and philanthropist Jerome Buck Jr. and his wife Jennie Elenora Edwards in Beacon Hill, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, (some sources say Gravesend, Brooklyn, New York), on December 4, 1891. While growing up she lived mainly in Brooklyn, New York, and in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents divorced in 1897. Following her mother's death in 1907, she lived with her maternal grandparents in the Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood, of Brooklyn, New York. She was educated locally and later attended Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and the prestigious Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she later graduated from. She was discovered by Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson when he saw her photo in a Boston, Massachusetts, society column and decided to contact her and ask her to be his leading lady in his films. She adopted the stage name of Vedah Bertram and hid her true identity while she worked in films so that she would not embarrass her family who was opposed to her acting career (sources differ, some say her parents were doubly shocked and were reputedly unaware of her film career). To further her acting career she moved to Los Angeles, California, and did work for such studios as the Essenay Film Company. She made her actual film debut as 'Nan Morgan' in the western short film, "The Ranch Girl's Mistake" (1912), which was directed by and also starred Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson. The film which also starred Victor Potel, Fred Church, Brinsley Shaw, and Arthur Mackley, tells the story of Pretty Nan Morgan who is admired by all the boys in Lariat and likes them, everyone, but her heart belongs to "Broncho Billy," who proudly announces to the boys one day that he wants to introduce them "to the future Mrs. Broncho." Matters glide along smoothly until about the time "Broncho Billy" is thinking of putting the ring on Nan Morgan's finger. Nan Morgan meets a young stranger from the east, who, after several meetings with her, persuades her to elope with him. Nan Morgan does so, leaving a note which "Broncho Billy" finds, saying she has gone with another and for him to forget her. Heartsick, "Broncho Billy" leaves the ranch. At the railroad station, he meets a pretty young woman who asks for information concerning her husband. It is not until she shows "Broncho Billy" a picture of him that he realizes that it is the scoundrel who has taken Nan Morgan from him. Assuring the little woman, he will send her husband to her, "Broncho Billy" rides wildly along the trail, heads off the fleeing scamp, and forces him to return to the station with Nan Morgan. There "Broncho Billy" reunites the patient wife with her husband, whose perfidy she is ignorant of, and Nan Morgan, realizing what "Broncho Billy" has saved her from, sobs out her repentance on his shoulder. Besides, "Under Mexican Skies" (1912), and "The Ranch Girl's Mistake" (1912), her many other films include, "A Ranch Widower's Daughters" (1912), "The Bandit's Child" (1912), "The Deputy's Love Affair" (1912), "A Road Agent's Love" (1912), "Broncho Billy And The Girl" (1912), "The Desert Sweetheart" (1912), "On El Monte Ranch" (1912), "Western Hearts" (1912), "Broncho Billy's Gratitude" (1912), "The Foreman's Cousin" (1912), "Broncho Billy And The Indian Maid" (1912), "On The Cactus Trail" (1912), "Broncho Billy's Narrow Escape" (1912), "A Story Of Montana" (1912), "The Smuggler's Daughter" (1912), "A Wife Of The Hills" (1912), "A Moonshiner's Heart" (1912), "Broncho Billy's Pal" (1912), "Broncho Billy's Last Hold-Up" (1912), "Broncho Billy's Escapade" (1912), "Broncho Billy For Sheriff" (1912) and her last film "Broncho Billy Outwitted" (1912). In August of 1912, she fell ill with stomach pains (later determined to be acute appendicitis) and was rushed to a local Oakland, California, hospital. When she was admitted she used her real name of Adele Buck so that the doctors and nurses could contact her brother and father in case she should die. She had surgery but her promising career was cut short when she passed away from complications resulting from the surgery and acute appendicitis shortly thereafter in Oakland, California, on August 26, 1912, at the age of 21. Her body was sent to Brooklyn, New York, where her funeral was held at her maternal grandparent's house. Her body was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in that city. Tragically, her father had been on vacation and he could not be located and he missed his daughter's funeral. At the time of her death, she was engaged to be married to her fiance Leavitt Merrill (a promising newspaperman and real estate agent she met at college and lived with in Los Angeles, California) who had accompanied her body from Oakland, California, to Brooklyn, New York. Her death including that of actor Mace Greenfield (who passed away from pneumonia on March 23, 1912, at the age of 39) was the first of any actor or actress's death that garnered widespread attention from the media and the public at that time.
Bio by: Peterborough K