Actor Film actor

Alice Hollister

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican actress
Was Actor
Film actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 28 September 1886, Worcester, USA
Death 24 February 1973, Costa Mesa, USA
(aged 86 years)
Star signLibra
Spouse: George K. Hollister


Alice Hollister (September 28, 1886 – February 24, 1973) was an American silent film actress who appeared in 85 films between 1911 and 1925.


Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Hollister is believed to have been the daughter of French-Canadian immigrants. In 1903, at age seventeen, she married George K. Hollister who a few years later became a pioneer cinematographer with Kalem Studios in New York City. They had a daughter, Doris Ethel, born in 1906, and a son, George Jr., born in 1908.

When Kalem Studios began sending a film crew to Florida in the wintertime, Alice Hollister accompanied her husband. She began appearing in film in 1911, at first because of the small crew and the frequent need for a female in a bit part. However, she liked acting and went on to appear in many films, the last in 1925.

One of Hollister’s most important roles was that of Mary Magdalene in the film From the Manger to the Cross (1912). Filmed on location in Palestine, this film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The Vampire (1913) made her the first recognized vamp in cinema, predating Theda Bara in A Fool There Was (1915).

Alice Hollister’s husband died in 1952 and she died in 1973, aged 86, in Costa Mesa, California. They are interred together in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Solace at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Partial filmography

  • The Further Adventures of the Girl Spy (1910)
  • By a Woman’s Wit (1911)
  • The Colleen Bawn (1911)
  • The Fishermaid of Ballydavid (1911)
  • His Mother (1912)
  • The Vagabonds (1912)
  • Far From Erin’s Isle (1912)
  • You Remember Ellen (1912)
  • Driving Home the Cows (1912)
  • An Arabian Tragedy (1912)
  • A Prisoner of the Harem (1912)
  • The Poacher’s Pardon (1912)
  • From the Manger to the Cross (1912)
  • The Kerry Gow (1912)
  • Ireland, the Oppressed (1912)
  • The Shaughraun (1912)
  • A Sawmill Hazard (1913)
  • A Desperate Chance (1913)
  • The Scimitar of the Prophet (1913)
  • The Vampire (1913)
  • The Vampire’s Trail (1914)
  • A Celebrated Case (1914)
  • The Siren’s Reign (1915)
  • Her Better Self (1917)
  • The Great Lover (1920)
  • A Voice in the Dark (1921)
  • A Wise Fool (1921)
  • The Forgotten Law (1922)
  • Married Flirts (1924)
  • The Dancers (1925)