Ethyle Cooke

Ethyle Cooke (4 August 1885 - 20 April 1949), was an American silent film actress of the 1910s. In 1915, she married another prominent silent film actor of the time, Harry Benham. Ethyle starred in many popular movies, such as A Small Town Girl, Stronger than Death, and The Fugitive. Ethyle Cooke was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. She grew up in her hometown, and was educated at the Girls' Latin School in nearby Boston. Ethyle began her stage career early when, at the age of 12, she performed at the Boston Museum (even though she had been tap dancing since the age of 6). Her film career began in 1911, when she joined the Thanhouser film company, and she remained there until 1917. In 1915, while producing a film, she married Harry Benham, another actor working at the Thanhouser. They lived a long, happily married life and had two children, Dorothy and Leland Benham, who were also prominent Thanhouser personalities, as they appeared in several films. By mid-1914, she had over 200 screen appearances, and her nickname on the set came to be known as 'Cookie'. During this time at Thanhouser, she spent one year starring in lead roles with Florence LaBadie.


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