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Mona Darkfeather

Mona Darkfeather
Personal information
Birth nameJosephine M. Workman
Birth dateJanuary 13, 1883
Place of birthBoyle Heights, California, USA
Date of deathSeptember 3, 1977(age 94)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, USA
SpouseFrank Montgomery (1912 1928)
Alfred G. Wessling (1928 1935)
Frank Montgomery (1937 1944)

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Mona Darkfeather (January 13, 1883 - September 3, 1977) was an American actress. During the silent era of motion pictures, from 1911 to 1917, she appeared in 102 movies. Playing Native American characters in a dignified way, her most famous role was possibly as Prairie Flower in The Vanishing Tribe (1914).

Her career began in 1909 when she replied to a local newspaper advertisement placed by producer/director Thomas Ince's Bison Motion Pictures. The movie studio was looking for someone with the physical attributes to portray an American Indian and who was physically capable of doing stunts and riding horses. While she had never acted before, Workman fit the appearance that Ince wanted. She apparently embellished her riding skills, as she did not have any, but nevertheless quickly learned horsemanship. Given the stage name Mona Darkfeather, she was cast in her first starring role as an Indian maiden named Owanee in the 1911 movie Owanee's Great Love.

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