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Miriam Seegar

Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 1, 1907
Place of birthGreentown, Indiana, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 2, 2011(age 103)
Death placePasadena, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm actress
SpouseTim Whelan
(?-1957) (his death)

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Miriam Seegar Whelan (September 1, 1907 January 2, 2011), was an American silent film actress.

Born in Greentown, Indiana, she made her film debut in 1928. Her first film was The Price of Divorce, in which she starred alongside Frances Day and Rex Maurice. The film was never released, but was adapted for sound and released two years later as Such Is the Law. She followed that with a lead role in Valley of the Ghosts the same year. She starred in four films in 1929 and six films in 1930, including New Movietone Follies of 1930 and The Dawn Trail opposite Western film star Buck Jones. In 1931 and 1932, she made a total of six films, all B-movies, and retired from acting in 1933, after which she married and had children, later finding employment as an interior decorator.

In 2000, Seegar appeared in the documentary I Used to Be in Pictures, which featured commentary from many of her contemporaries. Seegar died on January 2, 2011, according to her daughter-in-law Harriet Whelan. No cause of death was given, Whelan merely stating that she died from "age-related causes". She was 103 years old. Her death leaves, aside from child performers such as Mickey Rooney and Baby Peggy, only Barbara Kent (last silent adult actress) and Frederica Sagor Maas (adult silent screen writer) as silent film veterans still alive as of January 2011.




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