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Nell Shipman

Nell Shipman
Personal information
Birth nameHelen Foster-Barham
Birth dateOctober 25, 1892
Place of birthVictoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date of deathJanuary 23, 1970(age 77)
Death placeCabazon, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, screenwriter, director, producer, animal trainer
SpouseBert Van Tuyle (? - ?) (divorce)
Ernest Shipman (1910 - 1920) 1 Child
Charles Austin Ayers (1925 - 1964) (his death)

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Nell Shipman (October 25, 1892 - January 23, 1970) was a Canadian actress, author and screenwriter, producer, director, and animal trainer. She was a Canadian pioneer in early Hollywood. She is best known for her work in James Oliver Curwood stories and for portraying strong, adventurous women. In 1919, she and her producer husband, Ernest Shipman, made the most successful silent film in Canadian history, Back to God's Country. She was one of the first women to do a nude scene on screen when she did so in that movie.

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