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Silent screen star Miriam Seegar dies

She made the transition to talkies

Silent screen star Miriam Seegar died Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif., of age-related causes. She was 103.

The U.S. born Seegar starred in silent films such as 1923’s “Valley of the Ghosts” based on an Edgar Wallace novel. She was one of four daughters of Indiana teachers. Two of her sisters were also in showbiz, Dorothy, a Broadway and opera singer; and thesp Sara.

Most of the films Miriam Seegar was featured in were Brit ones, which besides “Ghosts” included “When Knights Were Bold,” where she met and married her director, Tim Whelan.

Seegar also toplined such West End in productions as “Crime,” with Ernest Truex.

Upon her return to the U.S., she starred in silents including 1929’s “The Love Doctor” and early talkies like “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” “The Fox Movietone Follies of 1930, “What a Man” and “Out of Singapore.” After 1932’s “False Faces” she retired from showbiz to raise her sons and later became an interior designer.

She appeared as herself in a 2000 documentary about the early years of Hollywood filmmaking, “I Used to Be in Pictures.”

Tim Whelan and a son died in the ’50s. Seegar’s survivors include two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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