Charlotte Merriam

Charlotte Merriam (April 5, 1906 – July 10, 1972) was an American motion picture actress. She was the daughter of an army colonel in Sheridan, Illinois, Merriam's film career began in 1919 at the age of 13 with a role in The Flip of a Coin. While visiting Universal Pictures in that year she was offered a part in a comedy series starring Eddie Lyons and Leo Moran. Merriam accepted. Afterwards she played leads in one and two reel comedies and appeared in important parts in longer features. She performed with Colleen Moore in The Nth Commandment (1923) and was the female lead in The Brass Bottle (1923), directed by Maurice Tourneur. She signed a long-term contract with the Vitagraph Studios in June 1924. Her role Mary Trail in Captain Blood (1924) was her transition from comedy to more serious films. Merriam was associated with Warner Brothers Pictures from 1929, when she signed to play the role of Camilla in Dumbbells In Ermie (1930). She was cast with Paul Hurst in a orphanage drama produced by the Tiffany Pictures about children of deceased firefighter. The early sound film is titled The Third Alarm (1930).


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